how do I create my own URL protocol?

The portion with the HTTP://,FTP://, etc are called URI Schemes

You can register your own through the registry.

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/
  your-protocol-name/
    (Default)    "URL:your-protocol-name Protocol"
    URL Protocol ""
    shell/
      open/
        command/
          (Default) PathToExecutable

Sources: https://www.iana.org/assignments/uri-schemes/uri-schemes.xhtml, http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa767914(v=vs.85).aspx

ref: http://stackoverflow.com/a/389223

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