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2009 – Internet going at light speed !

The growth of the Internet is showing no signs of slowing down. It’s impossible to keep up with the Web’s daily happenings -- let alone an entire year worth of activity.

According to the analyst data, over 90 trillion emails were sent to 1.4 billion email users worldwide in 2009. About 82% of those messages were spam, and junk mail has increased 24% from last year. The year closed with some 234 million websites with 47 million created in 2009.

There were 81.8 million .COM domains, 76.3 million country code top-level domains (.LK for example), and 12.3 million .NET domain names. As of September 2009 there were 1.73 billion Internet users on the globe, which is an 18% increase from 2008. Here is the most outstanding fact to-date; Asia accounted for more than North America, Europe and the Middle East combined ! There were 126 million blogs, and 84% of social network sites had more women than men, a valuable piece of information for you single fellows out there !

Firefox kicks IE out !

According to new data which I’ve verified from several sources say that Mozilla’s Firefox version 3.5 has successfully surpassed Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7 in the global browser market.

The current stats on browser market share stands at, Firefox 3.5 with 21.93% of the market, edging past IE7’s 21.2% share. That said, Internet Explorer 6, 7, and 8 still collectively hold over 55% of the pie.

Meanwhile, the older versions of Firefox specifically versions 2.0 and 3.0 make up a mere 1% and 9% of browser usage, Safari with 3% and Opera accounting for less than 1%. “Other” browsers account for 9% of the market -- much of which is presumably Google Chrome.

Google Docs gets cloud storage feature !

Google announced recently that it will roll out a new storage feature for Google Docs. The service will enable users to upload, store and organize any type of file in Google Docs, allowing users to access their data from any Web-connected computer.

I expected Google to bring such a feature out specifically for Google Docs paving the way for cloud based computing.

Users will have the ability to upload any file up to 250MB, with a total of 1GB of free storage for files that aren’t of the Google Docs format. Google will gradually introduce the service to accounts over the next couple of weeks, and being Google they always welcome feedback! So when you start using it remember to give back your two cents !

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