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Lelah Manz

Lelah Manz

December 21, 2011 1:05 PM

Free Shipping Day Culminates Week of Flat Traffic Gr ...

The Holiday Season kicked off with very strong indications of growth.  The Akamai Retail Usage Index peaked on Thanksgiving Day (as illustrated in our newly released Holiday Shopping infographic), with retail traffic up 70% year over year, and overall page view volume throughout the Thanksgiving shopping weekend up 33% overall.  Revenue growth for those same periods was also strong - with growth reported in the mid-twenties for Black Friday and

Rich Bolstridge

Rich Bolstridge

December 20, 2011 6:29 PM

Innovation in the Face of 380,000 Layoffs

We have all seen the headlines of big layoff announcements in the finance industry.  It seems the headlines are never ending.  Tens of thousands of workers have been cut in 2011, and news articles are now appearing on what to expect in 2012.The above chart shows the layoffs for just a few firms.  The total cuts across the industry are astounding.  Banking analyst Dick Bove of Rochdale Securities puts the

Akamai

Akamai

December 16, 2011 1:13 PM

The Hyperconnectivity and Hyper-Growth Spiral for St ...

The promise of startups, especially venture backed ones, is predicated on fast growth.  Even with that touchstone, relative to prior decades or even prior years, the growth trajectory of today's startups is in the warp speed territory.  According to an analysis by the Wall Street Journal earlier this year, the fastest growing startups are achieving revenue growth and even profitability much faster than leading startups of yester years.  While the

Akamai

Akamai

December 9, 2011 1:16 PM

Following the Top Security Influencers

According to the folks at Tripwire, three members of the firms' "Top 25 Influencers in Security You Should Be Following" list are members of Akamai's Security Intelligence Team. Andy Ellis, Josh Corman and Martin McKeay were all noted for bringing interesting, unique, entertaining and sometimes controversial views to the conversations surrounding information security.The list offers reasons why Tripwire thinks those with an interest in information security should be following -

Jeff Young

Jeff Young

December 7, 2011 5:40 PM

Champions League Makes News Index Soar!

Since launching the Akamai Net Usage Index for News in 2005, sporting events have always proven to be among the stories driving the highest peaks in page views per minute to news Web sites.Witness today's news coverage of the European Champion League that created a peak of 6,583,294 page views per minute at 9:30 p.m. GMT... making this the 2nd largest news event that Akamai has recorded.What match is capturing

Akamai

Akamai

December 7, 2011 3:34 PM

Connected Holiday Gifts & Planning for a Good Connec ...

Now that we are full swing into the holidays, and we have passed some of the big shopping days of the year.  What will this mean in terms of more connected devices coming online as gifts during the holiday season?  Many gifts being purchased include connected devices.  When these devices are opened up and connected, we typically see an increase in online activity because many of these devices need to

Noreen Hafez

Noreen Hafez

December 1, 2011 4:09 PM

Video Therapy: How Can I Get More People to Like Me?

When offering video online, there's a lot to think about. So much goes on before a viewer even has the opportunity to play back your content. You need to produce the content, edit it, test it with an audience and encode it. Then there's the player design, player functionality, multi-device support and apps strategy... Apple, Android, streaming, storage, HTML5...Meltdown.There are many aspects of successful video delivery. Drawing the audience to