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A very cool world wide near real time mapping of Wikipedia edits. has just released the 2008 .info gTLD market share map as with the the 2007 .info gTLD market share map it provides a visual snap shot of where .info is beginning to dominate and countries where there is more interest in other gTLD extensions. 

In two of the largest markets Canada & the UK, the number of .info registrations have now passed .org

  • May 6 to May 20: General Sunrise Period.
    During this time, anyone with a trademark is eligible to apply for a .ME domain.
  • May 20 to June 6: Quiet Period. The registry will be closed to registrars. Sunrise auctions will begin for names that received multiple applications. .ME domain names that receive only one application will be awarded.
  • June 6 to June 26: Landrush. This is the first opportunity for the public at large to apply. Anyone who doesn’t have a trademark, but is interested in a specific .ME domain, can apply during this period. This is also when Sunrise challenges begin.
  • June 26 to July 15: Quiet Period. During this time, the registry is closed to registrars. Names for which there was only one application during the Landrush Period are allocated. Landrush auctions will begin for names that received multiple applications.
  • July 17: Open Registration. Domain names are registered on a first-come, first-served basis. .me press release

At speeds about 10,000 times faster than a typical broadband connection, The Grid is a new network, in effect a parallel internet, is now built, using fibre optic cables that run from Cern to 11 centres in the United States, Canada, the Far East, Europe and around the world.

The power of the grid will become apparent this summer after what scientists at Cern have termed their “red button” day – the switching-on of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the new particle accelerator built to probe the origin of the universe. The grid will be activated at the same time to capture the data it generates.

The grid has been built with dedicated fibre optic cables and modern routing centres, meaning there are no outdated components to slow the deluge of data. The 55,000 servers already installed are expected to rise to 200,000 within the next two years.

Britain alone has 8,000 servers on the grid system meaing in theory any student or academic will be able to hook up to the grid rather than the internet from this autumn.

The London Times has details on The Grid