Icann poised to increase web suffixes

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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has unveiled plans to boost the number of domain endings so that internet addresses would end in almost any word and be in any language, the BBC reports. Icann will begin taking applications next year, with corporations and cities expected to be among the first to bid for a suffix.

Microsoft has won approval from the US Federal Trade Commission for its $8.5bn purchase of Skype, PaidContent reports. Ahead of its integration, PaidContent says Skype is streamlining its executive team, with at least eight senior executives being let go. The internet telephony group is set to become a standalone division of Microsoft.

TomTom will add its local web search engine to its satellite navigation devices as well as iPhones and Android smartphones, the company announced today. TomTom Places will initially be launched in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Portugal.

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