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78 really expensive domain names to become available

Nov 29, 20051 min
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By this weekend the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will decide on exactly how to make single letter domain names (such as “”, “” and “”) available.

These names were shelved in 1993 for “technical reasons” but those have been overcome and now the domains go up for sale. Companies are already making bids with Yahoo! going after, Qwest Communications wants, the former name of eBay Inc.’s PayPal was Corp. so they’ll be after, Nissan North America wants for their Z sports cars, and the X.Org Foundation wants Estimates of the value of each of these names is $1 million and up.


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