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Top 25 U.S. Web Properties Generate More Traffic from Outside the U.S.

Over 70% of Visitors to Top U.S. Web Properties – Yahoo!, Microsoft, Google and eBay – Come from Outside the U.S. More than half (14) of the top 25 U.S. Web properties attract more traffic from people outside the U.S. than from within, according to comScore Networks. 

ComScore pegs the current U.S. Web population at 152 million, or 21% of the 726 million users worldwide, down from 65% of all online users a decade ago. 

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Phishing E-Mails Doubled in Just Two Years; 109 million Targeted in U.S.

The number of phishing E-Mails sent to U.S. adults nearly doubled in just two years, since 2004, according to Gartner. Financial losses from phishing  attacks in U.S. have risen to more than $2.8 billion in 2006.

According to the Gartner survey, approximately 109 million U.S. adults have received Phishing e-mail attacks in 2006, up from 57 million in 2004. The average loss per victim has grown to  $1,244 per victim in 2006 from $257 in 2004. The average amount of money consumers recovered from Phishing attacks in 2005 was 80%, but in 2006, recovery amounts dropped to 54%.

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Social-Networking Sites Attract 5% of All Web Visits; MySpace Rules with 82% Share

The market share of visits to the top 20 social networking sites accounted for nearly 1 in 20 internet visits in September 2006 (4.9% of all Internet visits), nearly double the share of visits compared with a year ago, according to the latest Hitwise report "US Consumer Generated Media Report", which examines trends in social networking, photo hosting and sharing, and online video sites. 

The market share of visits to Facebook were up 16.4% from September to October 2006, driven by its opening up of the site to non-school users. Visits to YouTube were up 7.8%, GaiaOnline and Orkut were each up 5%, and Photobucket was up 3.1% in the same period.

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Is the Mobile Phone a Basic Human Right? 4 billion Mobiles by 2010!

You have the right to remain silent, but do you also have the right to talk on a mobile phone? The answer is yes, according to iSuppli Corp., as mobile phones become increasingly ubiquitous, even among low-income subscribers in developing regions of the globe. 

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U.S. Consumer Sentiment Dropped Slightly, but Still Close to Highest Levels in 15 Yrs.

The University of Michigan's preliminary index of consumer sentiment fell to 92.3, from 93.6 in October, a level that was the highest since July 2005. Before today, the measure had averaged 88.1 since monthly data were first compiled in 1978. (via Bloomberg)

Confidence among U.S. consumers stayed close to the highest level in 15 months in November, supported by cheap gasoline and an expanding labor market, with the lowest unemployment rate in five years.

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Both Import Prices and Export Prices Fell in Oct.; Jobless Claims Drop 20,000

The U.S. Import Price Index declined 2.0% for the second consecutive month in October, the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. The decrease was again led by declining petroleum prices, which fell 8.3% in October following a decrease of 9.7% in September. Export prices fell 0.4% in October, after declining by the same amount the previous month. 

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US Trade Deficit Narrows by Most in 5 Years; Deficit with China at Record $23 billion in Sep.

The U.S. international trade deficit  in goods and services narrowed to $64.3 billion in September 2006, $4.7 billion less than the $69.0 billion in August, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Total September exports were $123.2 billion and imports were $187.5 billion. The drop of $4.7 billion in September was the biggest one-month decline since February 2001.

In September 2006, the goods and services deficit was down $0.7 billion from September 2005. Exports were up $16.8 billion, or 15.8%, and imports were up $16.2 billion, or 9.4% from 2005.

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WSJ By The Numbers - Top 10 for Nov.9

A compendium of revealing stats and the key leading economic indicators and business metrics based on today's Wall Street Journal article and reports:>

MasterCard Wins Admission To Sam's Club: Visa-branded cards represented 55% of the $1.77 trillion in electronic consumer transactions last year compared with nearly 29% at MasterCard, according to the Nilson Report. Discover has a 4.7% share of the same market. Sam's Club logged U.S. sales of nearly $10.5 billion from its 488 clubs for its second quarter ended July 31. Sam's club has 47 million customers who pay annual dues of $35 to shop at the club.

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