Akamai pulls the covers off Web traffic

Interesting news out of Akamai (AKAM) today: The company is showing off some interactive maps that give information about the health of the Internet and what people are doing online. For example, its maps show there is a flurry of network attacks right now in Venezuela; 844 in the last 24 hours.

Other interesting tidbits: News is very popular in North America, where it’s being viewed at a rate of nearly 2.3 million news-related Web site visits per minute today.

Next is Europe with 245,000 views per minute. In North America, news views peaked just after 4 p.m. EST yesterday. News reading drops off between 11:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. EST on your typical day.

If Akamai can do this, just imagine the sort of data Google (GOOG) has about the world’s Web-surfing habits.

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