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The .asia regional internet domain

…The .asia regional internet domain has officially opened for business, with big firms expected to grab addresses.

…Governments and companies can now register interest in specific domain names, such as

…The general public will get a chance to snap up their own .asia domain when the landrush starts in February 2008.

…Work to create the .asia domain began in 2000. The DotAsia Organisation won official approval to set up the domain in mid-October 2006 and the first .asia domains should go live on the internet in March 2008.

…Unlike other administrators of net domains, the DotAsia Registry plans to use an auction to determine who gets domains wanted by more than one organisation. The highest bidder will win the right to the contested name.

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