Episode 532: The Wild West Of The Internet

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Most websites end in .com, .gov or .edu. But a bunch of new domains have just been added. Now there's .ninja, .bike, .plumbing and .cool. In all, over 1000 new top-level domains will be added.

There are over 100 million websites ending in .com. But new options for website names are becoming available. Not only is there .com and .gov .edu, but now .ninja has been added. Also .bike, .plumbing and .cool. In all, over 1000 new 'top-level domains' as they are called will be added.

Today on the show, what happens when you just create a whole bunch of real estate out of nowhere? We meet some of the new land barons with big dreams. And a guy who worries it's just going to be a big mess.

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