Doug Isenberg reported on four new gTLD applications that have been withdrawn. Three of them were applied for by Google. I can see why they changed their mind; they don’t really seem sensible for use as a top level domain. There may be other reasons but .are, .and, and .est struck me as not really useful right from the start. I think they made a good decision in these cases.
Here Are the First Four New gTLD Applications That Have Been Withdrawn
Nearly one month after ICANN announced that three of the new gTLD applications had been withdrawn (and on the eve of a webinar on the “Application Evaluation Progress”), ICANN’s online database finally has been updated – to show that four applications have been withdrawn.
They are: .and, .are, .est and .ksb.
Interestingly, the first three of these listed above were all applied…
Read the story… | Source: Isenberg on Domains | Date posted: 9/7/2012