The Washington Post has a nice analysis of the changes in Top 20 sites over the last two decades
“The first year here is 1996, when the web was … young. Several of the top 20 sites were college sites, thanks to colleges having invested early in the internet. AOL and Yahoo were there too, as they have been ever since. Mostly, however, the list is garbage nonsense like “GNN” and “Teleport,” which we don’t even know what they are. Notice the ascent of Excite and CNET. They’ll be interesting in the next part of the graph.”
PepsiCo Inc. is going to the Web to launch its newest soft drink, a mid-calorie soda called Pepsi True. The soda will be sold exclusively through Amazon.com
The product, slated for release in mid-October, will be made with sugar and stevia, a natural sweetener. Pepsi True will be the second big-name soft drink sold exclusively online. Coca-Cola Co. began selling Surge on Amazon last month.
A Pepsi spokeswoman said distributing Pepsi True through Amazon.com will give it a chance to raise consumer awareness for the product and gauge consumer response before it begins putting the new soda on shelves at convenience stores, supermarkets and retail outlets like Walmart.
"Now that "social media" has been around for a few years and has grown
past its stereotypical demographic of teeny-boppers, families are
starting to learn that there's no easy solution for accessing online
communication channels used by deceased loved ones. Email addresses for
contacts that would like to be notified of a death, photos that family
members would like to export from online accounts and balances of cash
sitting unclaimed in online services like PayPal or eBay are just a few
examples of the kinds of assets that are all too often lost upon a
death. Toeman was inspired to start the company after being unable to
access important online accounts held by his own grandmother, a
prolific web user, after her passing."
"Users upgrading from previous versions of IE are going to be pleased.
There are bunches of little things, like new bookmark manager and the
ability to isolate and print a specific part of any page, that are just
added niceties. But it's the "five S's" — speed, stability, security,
standards and search — that are the most important enhancements."
"The relentless rise in Web pages and links is creating emergent properties, from
social networking to virtual identity theft, that are transforming society...A
new discipline, Web science, aims to discover how Web traits arise and how they
can be harnessed or held in check to benefit society."
"Akamai observed that from a global perspective, South Korea had the highest measured levels of “high broadband” (>5 Mbps) connectivity. In the United States, Delaware topped the list, with over 60% of connections to Akamai occurring at 5 Mbps or greater. At the other end of the bandwidth spectrum, Rwanda and the Solomon Islands topped the list of slowest countries, with 95% or more of the connections to Akamai from both countries occurring at below 256 Kbps. In the United States, Washington State and Virginia turned in the highest percentages of sub-256 Kbps connections. However, in contrast to the international measurements, these states only saw 21% and 18% of connections below 256 Kbps respectively."
"During the first quarter, Akamai observed attack traffic originating
from 125 unique countries around the world. China and the United States
were the two largest attack traffic sources, accounting for some 30% of
this traffic in total. Akamai observed attack traffic targeted at 23
unique network ports. Many of the ports that saw the highest levels of
attack traffic were targeted by worms, viruses, and bots that spread
across the Internet several years ago."