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Internet addresses to include non-Latin-script Web addresses by 2010

The internet regulator has approved plans to allow non-Latin-script web addresses, including Arabic, Chinese, in a move that is set to transform the online world.

The board of Icann voted at its annual meeting in Seoul to allow domain names in Arabic, Chinese and other scripts. More than half of the 1.6 billion people who use the internet speak languages with non-Latin scripts. It is being described as the biggest change to the way the internet works since it was created 40 years ago. The first Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) could be in use next year.

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Comment from David from Sydney
Time November 3, 2009 at 4:40 AM

Is it a cash-grab by ICANN? How on earth can business owners protect their TM’s unless they register thousands of domain names. It’s starting to get impossible for these companies…

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