Archive for January 6th, 2011
The amount of junk e-mail being sent across the globe has seen a dramatic fall in recent months.
The volume of spam has dropped steadily since August, but the Christmas period saw a precipitous decline.
One security firm detected around 200 billion spam messages being sent each day in August, but just 50 billion in December.
While the reasons for the decline are not fully understood, spam watchers warn the lull may not last.
Around the Christmas holidays, three of the largest spam producers curtailed their activity, Paul Wood, a senior analyst at Symantec Hosted Services told BBC News.
“But it’s hard to say why,” he added.
Japanese runner Natsuki Terada made an unbelievable mistake in the final stages of the Tokyo-Hakone relay marathon.
With less than 200 metres left in the two-day marathon competed between Japanese universities, Terada was in eighth place with four runners contesting the three spots that would secure entry for next year.
But after 14 miles of torture and with the finish line only strides away, he took a wrong turn!
Terada turned right instead of running straight ahead to the finish line but after being put back on track by the desperate attempts of an official in a white lab coat, he recovered to finish in 10th and secure his team a place in the 2012 race.