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
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
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.