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Majority of Americans Now on Facebook, Report Says

If you're over the age of 12 and not on Facebook, you're in the (slight) minority. According to a soon-to-be-published report from Edison Research, 51-percent of all American "adults" (i.e., ages 12 and up) have an account on the social networking site. Just three years ago, that figure was only 8-percent. There are also plenty of 12-year olds using the site, but Facebook is exterminating those...

Number of Malware-Infected Sites Has Doubled Since Last Year, Study Says

Well, this is discouraging. According to new statistics from security firm Dasient, the number of websites infected with malware has doubled since last year, with more than one million sites compromised during the fourth quarter of 2010. Malware-filled advertising, or 'malvertising,' is on an even more meteoric rise. Dasient detected three million malicious ads per day during the fourth quarter...

Statistics Prove Lottery Isn't a Game of Chance at All

The lottery's appeal stems from the fact that anyone could be a winner; it is a game of chance. But Canadian statistician Mohan Srivastava, who has degrees from MIT and Stanford, has realized one completely "duh" factor. In order to receive scratch-off lottery tickets, a machine must first print the numbers, over which the latex is pasted. "It would be really nice if the computer could just spit...

Facebook Most Blacklisted Site in 2010, OpenDNS Says

Web security firm OpenDNS has just released its annual list of the most blacklisted sites across homes, businesses and schools. And, perhaps not surprisingly, Facebook came out on top. OpenDNS' 2010 report on 'Web Content Filtering and Phishing' (PDF) shows that a full 14.2-percent of networks using the company's services have blacklisted Facebook, 9.9-percent blocked access to MySpace, and...

Clever Cartographer Counts Cusses on Twitter, Maps the U.S. of A-hole

Having scoured Twitter for profanities last year, clever cartographer Daniel Huffman has mapped the prevalence of pottymouths across the U.S. The darkest shade of red indicates a citizenry that routinely watches its mouth, while the bright crimson marks a particularly pottymouthed populace. Sure, New York City's scorching scarlet and Oklahoma City's dull red likely won't shock anybody. But Los...

Global Spam Volume on the Decline, Report Shows

Hey, here's some good news: it looks like spam is on the decline. According to Symantec's latest State of Spam and Phishing report, the volume of spam and junk mail in circulation around the world has been decreasing steadily since August, and dropped noticeably around Christmas. No one has a concrete explanation for the drop-off, but Symantec's Eric Park suggests that the demise of major botnets...

Outdone by Smartphones, Portable GPS Sales Slip in 2010

This holiday season, plenty of people are expected to exchange e-readers, tablets or smartphones. One gadget that probably won't be under the tree, however, is a portable GPS device. According to statistics from the NPD Group, unit sales of portable navigation devices (PNDs) have dropped by 9-percent through the first 11 months of 2010. Sales revenue, meanwhile, has slid by 22-percent since...

200,000 Text Messages Are Sent Every Second, U.N. Agency Says

Today, as you're well aware, is World Statistics Day, and to commemorate the occasion, the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has released a statistical report (PDF) that shows just how hyper-connected the world is today. Perhaps the most intriguing statistics, however, are those pertaining to global mobile subscriptions and text-messaging trends. According to ITU, the...

Microsoft: U.S. Leads the World in Botnet-Controlled Computers

The U.S. may not be the superpower it once was, but, when it comes to botnets, at least, we're still number one. According to Microsoft's newly released ninth Security Intelligence Report, more than 2.2 million computers in the U.S. fell prey to botnets in the first six months of 2010, substantially more than second-ranked Brazil, home to 550,000 infected computers. South Korea, however, has the...

Social Networking Experiences a Great Migration of Maturity

During 2009, 30-somethings represented the most rapidly expanding demographic on Facebook. While the number of older social networkers continues to escalate, so too does the actual age of the flocking Facebook fogies. According to a Pew survey, the period between April 2009 and May 2010 witnessed an explosive increase in mature social networking, as the percentage of Internet users 50-and-older...

One-Third of U.S. Families Live Without Landline Phones, Report Says

If you terminated your landline phone service recently, count yourself among a growing number of Americans transitioning to a purely mobile existence. According to a new Citi Investment Report from analyst Jason Bazinet, nearly 30-percent of all U.S. households have now disconnected their landlines -- up from 25-percent just one year ago. As Business Insider explains, the "wireless substitution"...

Slate's Web Tool Tells How Isolated or Open-Minded Your Politics Are

Last week, we discussed the findings of a recent paper by Matthew Gentzkow and Jesse Shapiro, who examined the news-reading tendencies of liberal and conservative Web surfers. In their study, Gentzkow and Shapiro found that, contrary to popular belief, liberals actually spend a considerable amount of time on news sites traditionally labeled as conservative, and vice versa. Slate has come up...

US Government Acknowledges That Piracy Estimates Can't Be Trusted

Quantifying the effect that online piracy has on businesses and copyright holders has always been an inexact science. For years, suspicion has been brewing over the accuracy of estimated losses claimed by software companies, the MPAA and even governmental agencies. Yesterday, though, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) finally admitted to the scientific shortcomings of many common...

Scientists Predict Box Office Revenue With Twitter

Telling us that you can predict a movie's box office success using Twitter isn't going to impress us. Tell us that you can use it to predict ticket sales even more accurately than market-based tools like the Hollywood Stock Exchange can, and our ears will perk up. Researchers at HP Labs discovered that by simply monitoring Twitter for mentions of particular films, and by then feeding those...

Google Public Data Explorer Makes Sea of Stats Easy to Understand

Google has been offering public data and statistics via search for some time now. In November, it added stores of information from the World Bank to its database. Now, the search giant has supplemented Google Labs with a new tool, the Public Data Explorer, which is designed to make that torrent of numbers a little easier to understand. Data, anything from common last names to unemployment...