ICANN, the international governing body responsible for doling out website domains, has approved the .xxx domain for porn sites. According to PC magazine, the purpose is to "carve out a portion of the Internet that will be set aside for the adult entertainment industry." Already, over 200,000 .xxx sites have been pre-registered. Finally, a place for porn on the Internet! Oh, wait, isn't that already the entire Internet?
ICANN named New Zealander Peter Dengate Thrush as its chairman to replace Google's Vint Cerf, who now has even less to do. Thrush will be ICANN's first non-American chairman. But that shouldn't keep the world from hating us; the U.S. Department of Commerce maintains veto power over the organization's decisions. [Sydney Morning Herald]