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Nine new domain names up for grabs as ICANN expansion continues

The expansion of publicly available domains has continued with nine new web address suffixes soon to be released, including .guru, .singles and .bike.

The domain names will be made available at the end of January 2014, as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) continues the roll-out of generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs). Other names made available include .ventures, .camera, .clothing, .lighting, .voyage and .equipment.

The expansion will see the number of gTLDs rise from 22 to possibly 1,400 new names or "strings". ICANN said in a statement released to the BBC that the expansion would benefit both customers and businesses.

"From fashion brands and dating agencies, to spiritual healers and cycle advocates, the launch of these new domains mean consumers can easily find specific content within each extension, while businesses will benefit from a stronger and more relevant online proposition," said Jan Corstens, project director of ICANN's Trademark Clearinghouse.

ICANN president of the Generic Domains Division, Akram Atallah, said in a press release last month that the expansion was the "biggest change to the internet since its inception."

"In the weeks and months ahead, we will see new domain names coming online from all corners of the world, bringing people, communities and businesses together in ways we never imagined," he said. "It's this type of innovation that will continue to drive our global society."

Last week it was announced that businesses and individuals in the capital would be able to apply for the much anticipated .london domain name. At the time London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "This is an excellent opportunity to expand London's digital presence, which in turn is set to generate funds to invest back into the city."