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Afilias - the registrar behind the new .info top-level domain name - has delayed/extended its roll-out of new addresses for three days.

Citing the US terrorist attacks, the company will now allow trademark holders to register corresponding domains until 21 September, as opposed to 18 September previously. All such addresses should then be able on the Internet from 27 September. The public land-grab is then set to begin on 1 October.

In a press release, the company said: "With deference to all affected by the tragic circumstances surrounding the events of September 11, Afilias felt it necessary to make some schedule changes to ensure fairness to all registrants, and the registrars who serve them."

It didn't feel the need to mention the fact that the extra three days will give pirates even more time to add to the thousands of wrongly assigned domains that its system had categorically failed to prevent.

It also ignored the fact that one of its founding members quit the conglomerate a fortnight ago due to its poor handling of the situation. And nothing about the new company - Afilias USA - that it set up in the aftermath and may in fact be illegal. ®

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