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.CO.UK Rescued, .ORG Rockets, Dr. Chris Hartnett Sparkles & Igal Lichtman's Light Shines On


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A lot of good news crossed our desk in the past 24 hours. It was especially good to see sanity prevail when Nominet, the administrator of Great Britain's iconic .co.uk domain extension, at least temporarily, back away from its widely reviled plan to sell .uk domains (a move that would instantly devalue the millions of .co.uk domains that have already been registered). The scheme to sell .uk domains (at grossly inflated prices) ran aground after a wave of complaints from current .co.uk registrants washed over Nominet. .co.uk is still not out of the woods yet, as Nominet said it will continue 

to study ways to sell .uk separately that would cause less damage to its existing customer base. As always, vigilance will be in order here for every business and individual invested in the well established and widely respected .co.uk namespace.  

While .co.uk dodged a bullet, the .org extension apparently spent the second half of 2012 speeding like a bullet. The Public Interest Registry, who administers the popular .org TLD, said in its latest semi-annual Dashboard report that the number of .org registrations soared by almost 12% in the final half of last year.

.Org added over 416,000 registrations over the entire year with a lot of that surge credited to fast growth outside of its core North American and European markets. From 2010 to 2012, newly created .org domain names in Asia, Australia and the Pacific Region grew by 47%, followed by Latin America at 25% and Africa at 23%

Public Interest Registry CEO Brian Cute said, “We had a very successful 2012, which included reaching a remarkable milestone with the registration of our 10 millionth .ORG domain and the outlook for 2013 looks just as bright both domestically and abroad."

Dr. Chris Hartnett

I've always been amazed by the diverse skill sets so many men and women in our industry have. Those renaissance men and women often excel in areas far beyond the domain space. Take, for example, T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Domain Hall of Fame member Dr. Chris Hartnett who was profiled in one of most popular Cover Stories ever in June 2008. I mentioned Chris's expertise in gemology in that article five years ago and he remains a widely respected expert in that field.

That was underscored again today when Southern Jewelry News published a profile about Dr. Hartnett titled In the Pink - The Morganite Millionaire. The fascinating story details Chris's remarkable history with precious gems and, in a telling nod to his top priority in life, they kicked off the article with a photo of Chris with his four most precious gems - his wife of 34 years, Linda, and their three lovely daughters.

There are certain special people who shine even brighter than the most expensive diamonds. We lost one of those 10 days ago when industry giant Igal Lichtman passed away after a fierce battle with cancer. A lot was written about Igal in the immediate hours after that sad news broke, and now one of the most touching tributes to the man has been added to a special memorial page on the most prized website in his marvelous collection - Jerusalem.com, an ambitious site he co-founded with his beloved wife Michal.

The tribute noted, "Igal was a brilliant entrepreneur who always saw an opportunity where others did not. His spirit and light were so strong that one could not remain passive in face of it."

"We at Jerusalem.com will miss you greatly Igal. You have been our inspiration and strength 

Igal Lichtman

and your support and teachings will continue with each and every one of us. We are thankful to have met a true visionary and thankful for the amazing opportunities you have given us all. As we continue forward with Michal, to realize your joint dream, we will remember and feel you always. We hope to make you proud and follow in your footsteps."

(Posted February 28, 2013)

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