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Apple Computer Inc. said Monday it exceeded record industry expectations by selling more than 1 million songs since the launch of its online music store a week ago. (Nando Times — May 5)

How Many Online   Combien sommes nous en ligne
E-Commerce   Commerce électronique
Advertising   Publicité
Demographics   Démographie
Domain Names   Noms de Domaine
Page Views / Downloads / Visitors   Pages Lues / Téléchargements / Visiteurs
Forecasts   Prévisions
Internet   Internet
Sex Online   Sexe Online
Wireless Telephony   Téléphonie Mobile
E-Mail and Spam   Courriel et Spam
Viruses - Attacks   Les virus
Dotcom Economy   La Net Economie
Music   Musique

Video Games   Jeux Vidéos


How many Online [Combien sommes-nous en ligne]

According to research company Nielsen-Netratings', 580 million people have Net access, compared to 563 million in the third quarter of 2002. (Nua Surveys — Feb 25)

How Many Online ?: Out of 605.6 million Internet users worldwide, 190.91 million are European, 187.24 million are in Asia or Australia, and 182.67 million are American or Canadian. (Nua Survey — 2002)

E-Commerce [E-Commerce]

Forrester Research estimates Internet cigarettes sales will be
$ 5 billion in 2005, more than double what is expected this year. That means states could lose $ 1.4 billion in tax revenue, the study found. (MSNBC — April 25)

Consumer spending on paid Internet content will reach
$ 2 billion, in 2003, reports InternetNews. (Nua Surveys — March 26)

Retail sales over the Internet grew by
28.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2002 compared to the same quarter a year earlier, rising to $14.33 billion, the Commerce Department said. (Wired — Feb 24)

Advertising [Publicité]

Industrywide, online advertising is expected to fall by 11.5 percent for all of 2002, to $6.38 billion, according to eMarketer, a market research firm in New York. (New York Times— December 9)

AOL [America Online]

America Online will undergo "relentless" cost cutting this year by eliminating a portion of its $1B in marketing expenses, slashing its 18,000-person payroll and trimming computer-network costs. (Washington Post — January 9)

Demographics [Démogaphie]

42% of American adults aren't online. The Pew Internet & American Life Project wanted to find out why. In a statistical survey report released today, Pew found that of among these 80 million adult Americans not online. (E-Media Tidbits — April 16)

Middle adults, those aged 35-49, accounted for
40.2 million of Internet surfers in 2002 and 43.3 million in 2003, and will swell to 51.4 million in 2007. (Cyberatlas— January 23)

Domain Names [Noms de domaines]

More than 35 percent of registered «.biz» domains come from Europe, 12 percent of which where registered in Germany.  (Europmedia — January 23)

Page Views / Downloads / Visitors [Pages Lues — Visiteurs]

According to Comscore Media Metrix, the top 15 news sites have seen traffic jump by more than 40% as Net users, eager for news of the conflict are turning to the web to keep up with the latest developments. (Nando Times — March 16)

Forecasts [Prévisions]

Internet users to hit 1 Billion in 2005. "Dormant" wireless web-enabled phones will contribute heavily to Internet growth, a report says. (MBusinessDaily — April 15)

Online advertising in the US is forecast to grow 8.8 percent this year, reports CyberAtlas. (The Nua Survey - January 31)

Internet [Internet]

Google with 800 employeens, says it handles 200 million searches a day and, according to some estimates, about 75% of all search-engine-generated traffic to Web sites. Google servers that index more than 3 billion Web pages. Google says its 100,000 advertisers make it the world's largest Web-ad network. (Mercury News — May 4)

Online auctions account for 46% of all complaints at the Internet Fraud Complaint Center last year. (NY Times — April 30)

Nobody can find Saddam. But he's all over eBay. By Friday evening, 3,358 itmes popped up on a ``Saddam'' search of the online auctioneer. They ranged from the usual T-shirts, buttons and coffee mugs to the only-in-cyberspace variety. (Mercury News — April 15) CEO Bezos received $ 81,840 in salary last year, and he received no other compensation, according to the company's proxy statement. (WSJ — April 11)

More than 2,000 Saddam items were being offered for sale Thursday by the Internet auction website, eBay, including coins and banknotes bearing the portrait of the man who U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has said is now "taking his rightful place alongside Hitler, Stalin, Lenin and Ceausescu in the pantheon of failed brutal dictators. (Nando Times - April 10)

17% of Internet users say that a principal source of war news and information for them is the Internet and only about 4% of Internet users read blogs, according to a new Pew Internet & American Life Project survey, with their popularity increasing at a greater rate among the under-30 crowd. (MSNBC — April 1)

Sweden has overtaken the United States as the Web-savviest nation on the planet, a survey showed on Tuesday. Of the 60 countries surveyed, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan were at the bottom of the list with 2.37 and 2.52 points respectively out of a possible 10. (CNN — April 2)

One in six UK workers has been the victim of cyber criticism, a survey has found. Perhaps surprisingly, the higher up the office ladder people are, the more likely they are to be targeted by e-bullies. While just 15%of secretaries claim to be the victim of such attacks, 28% of their bosses are being harassed via the inbox. (BBC — March 31)

A survey commissioned by information technology services company TDM Group showed that around 360,000 businesses are ignoring how to get computer systems up and running quickly in the event of a disaster. (BBC — March 24)

According to an FBI survey last year, 78 percent of companies found that some of their employees had abused their Internet privileges, such as by downloading pornography or pirated software. An Internet study by the research firm IDC estimates that 30 to 40 percent of Internet surfing between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. is not work related. (Washington Post — March 7)

50 million million Americans are currently online at work, according to a new report from eMarketer and The Wall Street Journal. This is equivalent to 37 percent of the total working population. (Nua Surveys— Feb 20)

There are an estimated 500,000 people who run blogs and analysts say a quarter of them may eventually update their sites on the go. (BBC — Feb 20)

There are more than
200 websites listed on, solliciting money from complete strangers based on a moving, personal story. (NYTimes — Feb 13)

According to analysts Jupiter Research, file-sharing in Europe is growing at a phenomenal rate, with over
75% of broadband subscribers using P2P networks at least once a month. (BBC — Feb 11) recently reported
1 million "bloggers" using its services. (Washington Post — January 18)

New York Times Digital : $8.3 million profit for 2002, an improvement of $15.6 million over previous year; six consecutive quarters of being in the black. ( — January 28)

Net auction fraud has risen from
106 in 1997 to 25,000 in 2001. (USA Today — January 8)

Sex Online [Sex Onlne]

Internet porn will be worth $3.2 billion in the U.S. and Western Europe this year, according to market researcher firm Datamonitor. ( — «Sin Is In» By Mark Frauenfelder , Feb 10 2003)

The Online Computer Library Centre's annual review found 74,000 adult websites last year, accounting for 2% of sites on the net, and together they bring in profits of more than $1bn. Though many are small scale, with half making $20,000 a year, even that figure is the envy of many mainstream brands. (The Guardian — February 28)

6.5% of male internet population are cybersex addicts. On average, cybersex addicts spend 5.7 hours each week engaging in cybersex. ( — January 8)

Wireless Telephony [Téléphonie Mobile]

Analysts predict a massive explosion in wireless, with sales of wi-fi cards forecast to jump from 6.5 million cards in 2001 to 31.2 million cards in 2006. (BBC— January 17)

Viruses / Attacks [Les virus / Les Attaques]

The Sapphire worm infected more than 90 percent of vulnerable computers within 10 minutes opening a new era of fast-spreading viruses on the Internet. ( — February 7)

It doubled in size every 8.5 seconds when it first appeared, and reached the full rate at which it was scanning for vulnerable computers --a rate of more than 55 million scans --after about three minutes. ( — February 7)

Every company connected to the web is subject to an average of 30 security attacks a week, mainly on Tuesdays and Fridays, say experts. (BBC — February 4)

On Thursday, London-based market intelligence firm Mi2g said that the sapphire worm caused between
$950 million and $1.2 billion in lost productivity in its first five days worldwide. ( — January 31)

80,000 viruses now exist, having grown at a rate of around 600-700 new ones each month in 2002, similar to that of 2001, but down from 800-900 a month the year before. (Washington Post — January 14)

E-Mail and Spam [Courriel et Spam]

Two thirds of spam messages clogging e-mail boxes contains what many people suspect -- misleading or false information, a study by the Federal Trade Commission shows (WSJ / FTC Report — April 30th)

The volume of spam has mushroomed in the past two years, now accounting for an estimated 40% of all e-mail traffic and $8 billion to $10 billion in costs to business a year. (MSNBC — April 28)

Spam is estimated to account for up to
40% of global e-mail traffic and is causing a massive headache for businesses, which are losing billions in productivity. (BBC — April 23)

According to a report in CBS Marketwatch, a META Group study found that 80% of business people (from a worldwide sample) believe e-mail to be more valuable than the phone for business communication. (E-Media Tidbits — April 23)

In a single 24-hour period, America Online says it trashed 1 billion spam messages instead of letting them slip into customers' inboxes. AOL members used "report spam" buttons on their e-mail software 5.5 millions times in the period. (Wired — March 6)

Dotcom Economy [La Net Economie]

The reeling high-tech industry shed another 236,000 jobs last year, continuing a two-year purge that shows few signs of easing, according to an industry report released Wednesday. (Nando Times — March 16)

Seven of every ten Silicon Valley companies that Wall Street first sold to the public during the technology boom -- a group that generated some of the biggest first-day gains in stock market history -- are now dead or valued at less than half their initial price. (Mercury News — March 16)

At least 4,854 Internet companies have either been acquired or have shut down in the three years since the end of the dotcom boom, according to Webmergers. (Nua Survey — March 11)

Updated state figures released Friday show just how devastating the downturn has been in Silicon Valley: 191,500 jobs lost or nearly 1 in 5 jobs in Santa Clara County has vanished since the height of the boom in December 2000. (Mercury News — March 1)

Music [Musique]

Apple Computer Inc. said Monday it exceeded record industry expectations by selling more than 1 million songs since the launch of its online music store a week ago. (Nando Times — May 5)

Video Games [Jeux Vidéos]

Microsoft says it has signed up more than 350,000 subscribers worldwide for its online video gaming service, Xbox Live, as it prepares to bring the platform to Europe. (— March 3)

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