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Kevin Kelly. Internet 2011 in numbers. So what happened with the Internet in 2011?

Internet 2011 in numbers

How many email accounts were there in the world in 2011? How many websites? How much did the most expensive domain name cost? How many photos were hosted on Facebook? How many videos were viewed to YouTube? We’ve got answers to these questions and many more. Email 3.146 billion – Number of email accounts worldwide.27.6% – Microsoft Outlook was the most popular email client.19% – Percentage of spam emails delivered to corporate email inboxes despite spam filters.112 – Number of emails sent and received per day by the average corporate user.71% – Percentage of worldwide email traffic that was spam (November 2011).360 million – Total number of Hotmail users (largest email service in the world).$44.25 – The estimated return on $1 invested in email marketing in 2011.40 – Years since the first email was sent, in 1971.0.39% – Percentage of email that was malicious (November 2011).

Websites Web servers Domain names Internet users Social media Web browsers. SOPA, Internet Censorship Bill, Lauded By Both Parties In Key House Hearing. WASHINGTON -- At a House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, Democrats and Republicans joined together to voice support for legislation that would criminalize much of the activity that occupies the Internet.

SOPA, Internet Censorship Bill, Lauded By Both Parties In Key House Hearing

The bipartisan bill known as the Stop Online Piracy Act would establish major new powers for corporations intent on corralling copyrighted materials -- powers that would lead to big legal bills for start-ups and Silicon Valley giants alike. SOPA's Senate counterpart, the PROTECT IP Act, was already voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee in September. Both political parties -- flush with campaign contributions from Hollywood studios and trial lawyers -- are eager to pass the legislation. The Senate version, introduced in May, has broad support, but has been held up by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). "The theft of American intellectual property costs the American economy over $100 billion annually ... and thousands of American jobs," Smith declared at Wednesday's hearing.

Alexander Howard: Internet Companies and Lawmakers Speak Out Against the Stop Online Piracy Act. If freedom of expression, privacy and innovation online matter to you, it's time to pay attention to what's happening in Congress right now.

Alexander Howard: Internet Companies and Lawmakers Speak Out Against the Stop Online Piracy Act

There's a gathering storm over bills proposed in the United States House of Representatives and Senate that have the potential to significantly hinder innovation, free speech and cybersecurity on the Internet in the name of fighting online piracy. As the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) highlights in its new summary of the problems and implications H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act, "SOPA sweeps much more broadly and would chill online innovation and expression by creating major new litigation risks for service providers currently protected by the DMCA safe harbor.

" SOPA is "really a Trojan horse that might be better named the Social Media Surveillance Act," said Leslie Harris, CEO of CDT, in a press conference today. "Expect it to have a devastating effect on social media content and expression. " Internet giants awake. Informatica's Integration Cloud Bridges SAP, Salesforce, Others - ReadWriteCloud.

The problem with SaaS services being delivered from different clouds is that they may as well be from different worlds.

Informatica's Integration Cloud Bridges SAP, Salesforce, Others - ReadWriteCloud

Enterprise resource planning software from SAP catalogs human resources that also happen to be addressed by customer relationship management software from But their data was designed to be driven in their respective clouds. It may be becoming a fact of everyday life that any problem created by virtue of a cloud-based service must be resolved by a cloud-based service. This is where Informatica steps in, offering integration as a service (though thankfully without yet another "-aaS"). Today, the company announced the full availability of its winter 2012 release of Cloud Connection services for Salesforce, SAP, Oracle EBS, and other products, as part of its ongoing evolution of Informatica Cloud. Data integration, by Informatica's definition, is bi-directional. The company admits the off-premise approach, while simple, cannot apply to all circumstances. How The Web Became Just Another Interface to the Cloud - ReadWriteCloud.

For years, everyone was talking about the convergence of interfaces.

How The Web Became Just Another Interface to the Cloud - ReadWriteCloud

The Web, and as a result, the browser, were "clearly" about to take over as the major platforms and cloud computing emerged. Then, in March 2008, Steve Jobs unleashed the iOS followed by the mobile apps revolution. What seems to have happened next is maybe one of the most intriguing transitions in software history.

While many companies are still stuck with the idea that "the browser is the ultimate interface", lately, there's a growing number of leading cloud computing companies that actually don't have a Web interface or that focus heavily on client software running on multiple devices.