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Timeline for ‘.MLS’ domain pushed back

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Eighteen multiple listing services that have formed a nonprofit company to create and manage a new "generic" top-level Internet domain, .MLS, have postponed until next year a planned application to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).ICANN will hold a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, this month, "and the probability of a 2010 application window is now almost zero," the MLS Domains Association said in announcing the extension of a deadline for founding members to claim domains by two weeks, to Aug. 15.When the MLS Domains Association launched with 15 members in March, Brian Larson, an attorney and consultant advising the company, said the association hoped to have at least 175 of the nation's roughly 900 MLSs signed up by the fourth quarter of 2010.That's the level of participation needed not only to cover the estimated $185,000 in ICANN application costs, but to demonstrate to ICANN that the MLS Domains Association represents the industry, L...