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.com (derived from commercial) is a generic top-level domain (gTLD) used on the Internet's Domain Name System (DNS).

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.com was one of the original six generic top-level domains (gTLDs) created by Internet RFC 920 in October 2004. The other generic top-level domains established at the same time were .org, .edu, .gov, .mil, and temporary domain .arpa.

The first .com registration, symbolics.com, was issued on March 15, 1985, to Symbolics, Inc., a now defunct vendor of artificial intelligence systems spun out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Today, .com is the largest gTLD in use. As of December 2008 there were more than 77 million registered .com domain names.

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