Spam, Spam, Glorious Spam

Just a quick post on emails and spam.

According to this months NET magazine, the number of emails sent in 2009 was 90 trillion. This according to stats collated by Pingdom. 1.4 billion users average 247 billion messages per day. 81 percent of which was spam!

Spam warning for Google Buzz users

Spam warning for Google Buzz users
Security experts are warning that Google’s new Buzz social networking platform is already being exploited by spammers.

Websense said in a security alert that the spammer in question is following over 200 people on Buzz, sending them messages which link to a site hosted on a free web hosting service talking about how to quit smoking.

“When Twitter was launched, it took a while before it was used to send spam and other malicious messages. In this case, it only took two days,” said Websense.

“It’s clear that the bad guys have learned from their experience using social networks to distribute these type of messages.

“We hope that Google is geared up for dealing with the volume of spam it’s bound to see on the new service. Until then, we advise users to be careful, as usual, when clicking on unknown links.”

Buzz has come in for a fair amount of criticism since it was launched earlier this week. Google was forced to respond yesterday to widespread user unrest about the privacy aspects of the service, most notably concerns that users’ contacts lists were being made public, and that they had too little control over who could follow them.

Source: Computer Active.

Olderpreneurs to boost UK Economy

Olderpreneurs to boost UK Economy by 2012
New research conducted by Cass Business School’s Centre for New Technologies, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CENTIVE) sponsored by Microsoft, has revealed that a latent pool of hidden innovators could potentially add a staggering £15 Billion to the UK economy by 2012 if the right conditions were created according to the latest government figures.

Older entrepreneurs, `olderpreneurs’ could contribute an increased 17% of the potential uplift to the UK economy by 2012 and will be key to capitalising on this innovation opportunity as the size of

this group expands over the next four years. With a wealth of experience and insight built up over their careers, this group has the highest rate of business success and longevity, with over 70% of start ups lasting more than three years, compared with 28% for younger entrepreneurs. Moreover, with those over 55 set to account for a third of the UK population by 2025, older entrepreneurs are well placed to tap into the fast-growing potential marketplace through their shared experiences and understanding, the report reveals.

Julie Logan, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Cass Business School’s Centre for New Technologies, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CENTIVE) and one of the report authors, said: “This report shows that in the UK we have a tremendous opportunity to capitalise on the rich pool of entrepreneurial and innovative talent that is held by groups in society that has previously been underutilised.

Trevor Baylis, inventor of the ClockWork Radio, said: “We need to create a culture in the UK which encourages and nurtures innovation across all groups in society. This is especially true for the older generation who have built up experience during their careers which enables them to identify and act on business ideas quickly and effectively. It seems to me that chance favours the prepared mind and I see some of the best innovations coming from this group. But we can help our olderpreneurs further by making sure that appropriate support and advice networks are in place so that great ideas become a reality.”