Daily Archives: May 14, 2009

Joseph Menn

Internal routing glitches slowed down or even stopped Google’s searches and other applications for 14 per cent of the internet behemoth’s user base for about an hour Thursday.

“An error in one of our systems caused us to direct some of our web traffic through Asia, which created a traffic jam,” a company executive blogged several hours after the problems began at 7:48 a.m. Pacific time. Read more

Chris Nuttall

As people increasingly transmit and relay news over the web through services like Twitter, real-time search, which gives the ability to find a clear signal for breaking news among all the static, is becoming a focus.

Google introduced some time-based filters this week to address this. A “Show options” link at the top of results pages unveils a new sidebar when clicked. Read more

Chris Nuttall

From Digital Business:

“Something weird and rather wonderful is happening to operating systems, and it is not just the new psychedelic wallpaper designs for Windows 7.” Read more

The FT’s Lex column suggests that for Sony, cost cutting alone may not be enough to get the company in the black. Despite the company’s rosy projections, sales of PS3 consoles are likely to remain challenged. And while movies should perform better this year than last, the film unit represents only 10 per cent of revenues.

The Japanese consumer electronics and entertainment group thinks it may break even at the operating level this year. That is a brave call as the company was losing $1bn a month in the last quarter of the year ending in March. Read more

  • IBM chief executive Sam Palmisano told invited analysts and investors Wednesday that the tech powerhouse was still on track for 2009 earnings of $9.20 a share and that it intends to keep spending on acquisitions, developing-world markets and research through the downturn. He singled out risk analysis and other analytics as a major growth opportunity, saying it would be “as big as” enterprise resource planning software in five years.
  • Facing mounting pressure from law enforcement agencies around the country, Craigslist said it would remove the “erotic services” section of its massive classified advertising website. In its place will be a new “adult services” section, where ads will be vetted by a Craigslist employee before being posted.

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