I'm guessing that even if they get .dev they wouldn't host Google Code anywhere near it.. so.. why would they want it?
The internet is gradually gaining a whole lot of new top-level domain names, from the useful (.app, .dev) to the more whimsical (.ninja, .lol), thanks to ICANN's dot-word gold rush. Most of these dot-words are available to world + dog to register fresh domains, such as theregister.science. However, some owners are keeping …
Paired with the almost simultaneous news that Google is giving up on Google Code in deference to the success of other organizations in that 'development' space, like GitHub, Goggle seems schizoid at best. They are showing all the mentally palsied symptoms of a company too big to be rational.
If they would partner with GitHub and SourceForge to foster the open development arena under the .dev domain they would come out heroes. But keeping it for themselves only? Sounds like "locked supply closet" type company stupidity.
This is utterly ridiculous, but everyone already knows that. While I can see some value in a private TLD, it should be required that such restricted TLDs must not be a generic word or general use abbreviation, as it goes against the public interest. I would reluctantly support restricted TLDs that use a company's registered name (.google).
My wife was looking for something the other day and was complaining that she couldn't see any useful results on the first 5 or so Google results pages. So I told her to try another one such as Yahoo or Bing. So she typed Yahoo into Google to find Yahoo :-)
I was terrified she might cause a singularity!
The mission of this gTLD, .dev, is to provide a dedicated domain space in which Google can enact second-level domains specific to its projects in development.
Contents of .dev, circa 2020:
A problem with these domains is the they don't look like internet addresses at all without an unambiguous context (until you add http mail or forward slashes). I wouldn't register a name like that for free. developer.app looks like a file name and google.lol - some kind of new #leet @speek or a typo instead of a hostname.
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