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Dot Asia Domain Slated For October Launch

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Come October and Asia will be preceded by a dot. Internet addresses ending in “.asia” will be open to governments and trademark owners in three months time with general registrations scheduled for 2008, according to this Associated Press article. The initial round, which starts Oct. 9, is limited to governments desiring geographical names such as “china.asia” and those with trademarks applied before March 16, 2004, and actively in use. Registrations for other trademarks and for company names begin Nov. 13. DotAsia Organization Ltd., an organization made up of groups that run domain names for China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and other countries, will operate “.asia.” DotAsia did not say when winning applications could start using the names. Fees could vary depending on which registration company an applicant chooses to process the name on DotAsia’s behalf. The “.asia” name joins “.eu” for the European Union and “.cat” for the Catalan language as regional domains.