ICANN just announced that the TAS system which is the mechanism by which companies file their application for new gTLD’s crashed and therefore was extending the time to make application from April 12th until April 20th, 2012.
The official new closing time to make application is 23:59 UTC on Friday, 20 April 2012.
The next big questions to be answered is will be if the “big reveal”, the day on which ICANN will announce who applied for what extension, will be pushed back from its scheduled date of April 29th.
ICANN has said all along that the information would be released approximately two weeks after the application period closed.
So the big reveal might be pushed back a week to May 5-7.
No further information was given on the crash, the number of application trying to be submitted to the TAS when the system crashed or how long it was or is down for.