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New.net, an Internet start-up aiming to speed up the domain-name registration process, has appointed Steve Hotz as chief technology officer. The Sherman Oaks, Calif.-based company said Hotz has over 14 years of experience in technology research and development, including areas that involve the DNS (domain name system), an international network of Internet domain name servers, names and addresses. Hotz has worked at UltraDNS as well as the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute with Jon Postel, the founder of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, a precursor to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names, according to New.net. In October, New.net released a new domain name suffix, .movie. Four months later, the company acquired Basic Fusion, a registry services provider.