By 2014, one company may own all the following .news domains.
This is just a microscopic, partial list of what's to come. Whoever becomes the dot news registry will own every conceivable dot news domain in existence, and subject to the terms of their application, there is no requirement to divest them or resell them. Maybe one million, maybe five million domains will be built into websites who knows, the future registry probably doesn't even know? Yet.
One sole company may own, exclusively, every single domain listed on this page plus millions more. The scope of the .news category is almost unlimited, just about any subject could become a .news website.
Imagine the value of the tiny sample of websites listed here. Imagine if you could click on the buttons and visit the sites. Sites covering tech news, health news and sport news. Business news, Music news and world news. A small tip of the iceberg.
The potential of the traffic and commerce on these sites is truly colossal.
Just a few examples of .news domains illustrate the profound changes that are coming to the internet:
But wait, there's more. Every city in every country.
The whole world is covered. 10,000 cities, around the world:
But wait, there's even more. Every country in the world.
More than 200 countries:
Hold on, there's even more. Every location. Every state. Every suburb. Every geo name in the world (and on Mars).
Every geo location is covered. Tens of thousands of suburbs around the globe. Here is just a micro selection from LA and NYC:
And there's more. The .news string is highly relevant to every product in the world.
Plus 500,000 more, and every product yet to be invented:
Any one of the above concepts could become the basis of a multi-million dollar global business. And these are just a dozen examples among thousands of possibilities. Imagine Phone.news info (with accompanying ads) about all the latest cellphones, plans and software. Imagine Game.news info (with ads) about the latest games, downloads and players. Imagine Movie.news info about all the latest Hollywood releases, dvds and merchandise.
Imagine being a billion dollar company with a state of the art marketing machine with the expertise and funds to launch these websites.
Exactly the same principle applies to many other key domain string applications, such as .store, .shop and many more.
Still more. Every service in the world.
Plus 10,000 more, (how many services are there?) and other miscellaneous categories besides:
How about YourName.news? How about Success.news?
Let's say one million .news domains are built out for a minimum ICANN application bid of $185,000 that's six domains for a dollar.
Applicants for the .news registry:
There are seven applicants for the .news registry. You can read ICANN's full list here.
The Washington Post Connection
In 2013 Amazon's Jeff Bezos was announced as the buyer of The Washington Post. By combining the .news string as a closed TLD in tandem with the fine resources of The Post, Mr Bezos may be planning to build a major new global media empire the likes of which the world has never before seen.
Read more on The Washington Post page.
SuperMonopolies.com A hypothetical analysis of the new top level domain names coming in 2013-14.
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