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Afilias the company which run the .info gTLD have submiitted an application for new Registry Services to ICANN. The application is called the Phased Equitable Reallocation of Non-Compliant .INFO Sunrise Domain Names (pdf) and is a request for the Registry to be allowed to allocate names to developers and/or auction domain names which have remained suspended since the launch of .info in 2001.

Most if not all of the names in question show a registration date between 25th July 2001 to 27th August 2001, usually have a status marked “HOLD” and “TRANSFER PROHIBITED”.  Any many of these names have the Registrant Name marked as “Afilias Ltd / Sunrise Pending Reallocation”

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PIR.org who run the .orgistry announced yesterday that more than 7,000,000 .org domains have been registered.

From the PIR.org .org press release

“This is a significant milestone for .ORG, as it has consistently grown 20% percent year over year since its management by Public Interest Registry,” says Alexa Raad, CEO.  “.ORG continues to be the domain of choice for individuals and organizations who seek to brand their efforts under a globally trusted and respected address.”

Almost 16.5 million households in the UK now have internet access, an increase of 1.2 million since 2007, the latest official figures show.  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the new figure represented close to two-thirds of UK households.

The BBC has more

Lifelike characters are beginning to appear in films and computer games as technology advances it is allowing facial expressions to be modeled in minute detail.

The London Times has a short animation example video