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IMS Research say sometime this month the 5 billionth device will plug into the Internet and are forcasting over 22 billion connected deivices by 2020.

Today over 1 billion computers worldwide are regularly connected to the Internet and this number is steadily growing.

The second wave of growth has and is being driven by the mobile phone industry, and the global number of Internet connected phones has now surpassed the number of connected computers. The number of phones is still growing at a much faster rate.

The study adds in emerging Internet connected device sectors such as tablets, netbooks, eBook readers, Internet TVs, digital picture frames, cameras, etc., and reaches 5 billion connected devices.

Pingdom had some interesting statistics in a report on the size of the Internet last year.

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Afilias, the registry for all .INFO domain names, is holding its 4th annual INFO Awards program, where .INFO domain name owners can submit their great sites for the chance to be named the Best .INFO website of 2010!

There are also good cash prizes to be won

!st place $7,500  –  2nd place $5,000 and 3rd place $3,000

http://www.info-award.info/    (Submission deadline Sept 10, 2010)

Sedo has just released its Second Quarter Domain Market Survey (.pdf) for 2010. The report provides a great insight into the domain name market with a number of interesting tables and statistical measures.

The most popular domain name categories for Q2 2010

  1  Software
  2  Regions, Country, Cities
  3  Employment
  4  Tobacco
  5  Religion and Spirituality
  6  Domain Industry
  7  Humor
  8  Hardware
  9  Insurance
10  Jewelry

And sedo’s top sales for the Q2 2010 were Cgm.com $365,000,  Software.de €235,025,  Kredit.com €220,000 and  Monalisa.com $200,000.