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Microsoft trumpets Windows Phone 7 numbers on first birthday

Happy first birthday, Windows Phone 7! One year on, and the fledgling mobile operating system has 36,000 active developers in its AppHub community, 1.5 million downloads of its Developer Tools, and 11,500 apps in its Marketplace. Microsoft is quick to take a couple shots at competitors' app stores, beating its chest about not re-counting tanslations of an app or "lite" apps, "increasing...

Webmail: older people using it more, teens tossing it aside

Taking a look at comScore's comparison of 2009 vs. 2010 webmail use, a couple things are pretty clear. Older users are finally starting to see how Web-based email is useful and getting into the swing of things. That, in turn, seems to be causing teenagers to turn up their noses and flee services like Gmail and Hotmail in droves. OK, maybe it's not the increase in older users causing teens to...

AV-Test year-end report shows exponential growth of malware

Now, we don't need fancy graphs to tell us that malware is all over the place -- but it's certainly eye-opening to see just how bad the problem has gotten. Unique samples gathered by AV-Test Labs this year nearly doubled in 2010 -- to almost 20 million, up from 12 million in 2009. That's no doubt due to the ever-morphing horde of rogue applications, which now include bogus system tune-up software...

Google Refine lets you fix and handle huge, messy sets of data

Google has just introduced a new product, and this time it's a PC application (with a browser-based UI). It's called Google Refine, and it solves a problem that is enormous for some people: it lets you take massive sets of "messy data" and massage them into shape so that they're uniform, make sense, and can be statistically analyzed. The video after the jump shows a very good example, which is...

Show World is a morphing world map for visualizing statistics

Show World (actually written with an inexplicable (R) mark in the middle) is a world map with a twist: you choose a metric, and the Flash-based map twists and morphs to reflect it. The screenshot above shows a world map, as you've probably recognized. But the reason the map looks so weird is that the size of each country reflects the amount of poultry that it raises. When you mouse over a...

Graph Your Inbox uncovers your Gmail account's hidden stats

I've received almost 4,000 emails from Twitter, and I only know that because Graph Your Inbox told me so. Graph Your Inbox is a Google Chrome extension that reveals the stats about your Gmail account in graph form, based on any search you want, without even asking for your username and password. Just fire up this Chrome extension, enter some search terms (boolean searches and Gmail advanced...

Sophos polls again, claims 93% want opt-in sharing on Facebook

Security firm Sophos has been all over the recent Facebook sharing shenanigans. The company took a little heat over their last poll, which seemed to claim that 60% of Facebook users were considering leaving the site over privacy concerns. Other blogs ran wild with the headline -- making it appear that a mass exodus was on the way and completely overlooking the fact that they had under 1,600...

42goals lets you track and graph goals of all kinds

Oh wow, another goal tracker. How exciting is that? If you caught yourself thinking something like that upon seeing the title of this post, I'm sure you're not the only one; it's exactly what I thought when I first came across 42goals. Then, I started playing with it and realized it's actually pretty cool. It's kind of like Joe's Goals on steroids. Some goals are best tracked with a simple "+1"...

Driven by Facebook and Twitter, time spent on social networks soars by 82%

Between December 2008 and 2009, the total time spent on social networks rose by a massive 82% -- from an average of three hours a month, to almost six! To nerds like you and I, six hours doesn't sound like a huge amount, but when you figure in the 'casuals' that bring the average down -- like your grandmother -- it's a little scary. And it's all because of darned Twitter and Facebook! Yes,...

Social Media and Young Adults report shows teen blogging on the decline

Pew Internet released a report yesterday called Social Media and Young Adults that shows teen blogging down by 50% over the past four years, even as blogging increased among those over 30 years old. The report also shows that teens are not very likely to be Twitter users (only 8% of internet users between the ages of 12 and 17 report using the service), even though they are heavy users of almost...

Twitter activity at all-time low, only 17% of users actually tweet

In a flurry of interesting (if you're into social networking) statistics, pie charts and graphs, RJMetrics has just published its latest Twitter data and user analysis. If social media or Twitter isn't your thing, here are the vital statistics: by the end of 2009, Twitter had 75 million user accounts -- of those, only 17% actually sent a tweet. The delicious stats go on! About 80% of Twitter...

This might be the new Google zeitgeist: Facebook status trends of 2009

Just released on the Facebook blog, the status trends of 2009 make for some very interesting reading. In many ways they mirror the results of Google's search trends, but I have to admit that Facebook has the edge here because it's personal. Rather than simply being 'interesting' -- great, Michael Jackson was the #1 Google trend in 2009 -- Facebook status updates are juicy. It's worth noting...

Google adds mobile tracking and intelligent alerts to Analytics

Google has announced some major improvements to its Google Analytics traffic tracking package, mostly focusing on improving the way it tracks mobile devices. Adding a new snippet of code to the mobile version of your site will get you traffic analysis from mobile devices, and it works regardless of whether a visitor's mobile browser supports Javascript. Google has also added features for iPhone...

It's official, there's a crapload of malware on the Internet

Man, I wish this chart illustrated my salary over the past five years. Sadly, however, it's AV-Test.org's look at malware in the wild. The actual number of unique samples doesn't necessarily mean all that much. So many of the nasties floating around the Internet are just mutations of other infections. Just look at the vast array of crud SmitFraudFix cleans up - it's a whole lot more than the...

Firm reports Twitter is 40% useless babble. We're 0% surprised.

Pear Analytics asks on their website, "Have you measured the impact of social media on your brand?" Apparently that's what they do. And they've been busily analyzing what goes on over at Twitter. The super shocking results: just over 40% of tweets qualify as "pointless babble." Following in second place are "conversational" updates, at 37.5%. Their findings are based on 2,000 tweets. Surely...