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Tech Giant Google Announces Brand New Web Domain For Developers

HTTPS is the secure encrypted version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between a connected browser and website

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The Google name is displayed outside the company's office in London, Britain. VOA

Google has announced a brand new top level domain (TLD) dedicated to developers to allow them to build communities, learn newer technologies and showcase their projects with the new domain name.

“Till February 28, .dev domains are available to register as part of our Early Access Programme, where you can secure your desired domains for an additional fee. Beginning on February 28, .dev domains will be available at a base annual price through your registrar of choice,” Ben Fried Vice President, Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Domains Enthusiast, Google, wrote in a blog-post on Monday.

Along with other big and small companies like GitHub, Mozilla, Netflix, Glitch and Stripe, the tech giant itself has begun using the new domain on some of its own projects like web.dev and opensource.dev.

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The Google logo is seen at a start-up campus in Paris, France, Feb. 15, 2018. VOA

To protect users against ad malwares,tracking injection by Internet service providers and open Wi-Fi threats, the new domain would be secure by default — much like Google’s recently launched .app and .page domains.

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“The new domain will be secure by default because it requires Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) to connect to all .dev websites. With every .dev website that’s launched, you help move the web to an HTTPS-everywhere future,” the post added.

HTTPS is the secure encrypted version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between a connected browser and website. (IANS)

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Unintended Consequences if You Regulate us for The Sake of it: Google CEO Sundar Pichai

The news comes amid the debate on whether large technology companies like Facebook should be broken up

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks at the Google I/O conference in Mountain View, California.

Facing an anti-trust probe from the US government, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has cautioned against those who may want to regulate the tech giants “for the sake of regulating.”

In an interview with CNN Business, Pichai said his company had gone through similar situations in Europe, so the probe wasn’t a surprise for them. “For some of the other companies, maybe the scrutiny is newer,” Pichai said on Friday.

“Scrutiny is right, and we will participate constructively in these discussions,” he said and added: “I worry that if you regulate for the sake of regulating it, it has a lot of unintended consequences.”

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The news comes amid the debate on whether large technology companies like Facebook should be broken up.

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On an anti-trust complaint from the European Commission regarding ranking of shopping search results and ads in 2010, Google was fined $2.7 billion in 2017. (IANS)