As the majority of the business world gets set to take a break after an extremely difficult year, we’d like to say a million thanks to our readers for your kind patronage this year. As of this week, that’s one heartfelt thanks for each and every one of you. According to Quantcast, which measures traffic directly, we reached the million unique visitors a month mark on December 17, so we’ll all be celebrating extra hard as we head into 2010 with a full head of steam up. For the record, the top ten countries where readers live are U.S. 53.27%, U.K. 8.64%, Canada 6.26%, Australia 4.29%, India 2.49%, Germany 1.44%, Netherlands 1.29%, France 1.02%, Italy 0.89% and Brazil 0.80%, with “others” growing larger every day.

Thanks go too, to the many blogs, tech sites and news aggregators who link to our stories. We have always attempted to have good link manners and always link to sources we obtain information from in constructing our stories. We always attempt to be good web citizens and we have long recognized the web of information is a collaborative environment, so thanks also to our many commenters who've kept us alert, entertained and better informed throughout the year.

Our obligation is to our readership, we always tell the truth, and we try reaaalllly hard to assist our readership to stay well-informed across the breadth of humanity's ever increasing understanding of the world and technology's promise of making it a better place.

Sincere thanks to all concerned.