Lottery for domain names
A priority lottery for new internet domains took place this week, paving the way for addresses such as dot-irish, and dot-lol.
The lottery determines in what order the new domains are launched, with internet body ICANN releasing 1,000 of them in the year following its April meeting.
Dot-catholic, written in Chinese, was the first generic top-level domain pulled in the auction, but dot-irish received position 1,491, so it is unlikely to launch until 2014.
More than 1,930 applications for new generic domains were received.