Once again, Bret "Scoop" Fausett spots its first: Google has become an ICANN-accredited registrar.
Netcraft's commentary is a bit thin in the way that much speculation about Google's agenda tends to be; Bret credits one reader of his Lextext blog, as noting that (Bret's words) "Google already has a business unit targeting the domain name industry: Google Adsense for Domains." Another blogger, Tim of Tim's Journal, points out that "ICANN has left 891-894 and 896-900"—the nine slots bracketing Google's rank as number 895—"unassigned." (Slots numbered 305, 306, 454, 613, 621, 657, 692, 806, and 824 are likewise unassigned.) The most recent historical copy of the IANA page at archive.org, from 14 Feb 2004, shows the accredited-registrar list as ending with numbers 6363 and then 10007, meaning that ICANN's added over 270 registrars in just under a year.
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