ICANN rejects dotless domain names concept; China sets 20 Mbps goal for 2015

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> ICANN's gTLD program committee is prohibiting dotless domain names, a move that will eliminate Google's plans to implement a dotless .search top level domain name. Article

> ADTRAN has introduced its Consultant Liaison Program, which it says will educate the consultant community with information on ADTRAN's technology, solutions and services. Release

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> Charter Communications and Cablevision are no longer members of the Canoe Ventures advanced advertising consortium. Article

> The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office has rejected a patent application Verizon filed for its "VOD gifting" method. Article

Wireless News

> Samsung Electronics will unveil a smart watch called the Galaxy Gear at a Sept. 4 event ahead of the IFA trade show in Berlin, according to a Bloomberg report. Article

> Mobile HD Voice is starting to take off and get more mainstream support from operators around the world, according to a new report from the Global mobile Suppliers Association. Article

And finally… China's State Council set a goal to have up to 20 Mbps broadband speeds in cities and up to 4 Mbps in rural areas by 2015. Article