Tons of new domain names to hit the web – a .disaster waiting to .happen?

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The internet regulator, ICANN, has given the thumbs up to a massive overhaul of domain names, a move that may dramatically change the way people surf the internet. The agency voted unanimously to relax its stance on top-level domain names, throwing the floodgates open for a near infinite number of new addresses, many likely to be centred around your favourite internet activities: .news, .shopping, .email or .copyrightinfringement

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Al WTons of new domain names to hit the web – a .disaster waiting to .happen?

Could it be "good-bye Google" and "hello mega-mash-up" on the web of the future?

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Tim Berners Lee, “inventor of the world wide web”, has spoken to The Times about his vision of the future Internet.

In it, Google may well have been displaced by other companies who have embraced the “semantic web”. Put simply (and before we get on to the “Internet Phrase Highlight of the Week”) it’s where every piece of information is tagged so that it can be seamlessly connected with other bits of information, to provide useful tools…

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Andy MerrettCould it be "good-bye Google" and "hello mega-mash-up" on the web of the future?

Opinion: Is it time for YouTube to be regulated?

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Jonathan Weinberg writes… Regulation? On the web? You must be thinking I’ve swallowed some happy pills to make a statement like that. After all, the whole premise of the Internet has always been find anything you want, anywhere – hasn’t it?

But while it’s near on impossible to bring in blanket rules and laws to cover the whole of cyberspace, I do think it is time some sites were forced to put their hands up and take much more responsibility for their actions – and that starts with YouTube.

A poll out today found YouTube is the most popular user-generated site in the UK after attracting 10.4 million people in January. That is a 56 per cent increase in traffic compared to 2007 and just shows the reach it has.

The success of the video-sharing site has been phenomenal. Such fast growth over the years undoubtedly causes problems and makes it difficult for any company to keep up with the demands of hosting such a vast wealth of moving images…

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Jonathan WeinbergOpinion: Is it time for YouTube to be regulated?