The addition of a leap second to world clocks on Wednesday caused some networks to crash although most quickly recovered.
Some 2,000 networks stopped working just after midnight Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), said Doug Madory, director of Internet analysis with Dyn, a company studies global Internet traffic flows.
Nearly 50 percent of those networks were in Brazil, which may indicate that ISPs use a common type of router that may not have been prepared for the leap second, he said.
Most of the networks quickly recovered, which may have required just a reboot of a router, Madory said.
The Internet?s global routing table, a distributed database of networks and how they connect, contains more than 500,000 networks, so the problems affected less than a half a percent, Madory said.
Struggling electronics maker Sony has moved further into the crowdfunding scene by starting its own platform to raise funds for internally generated business ideas, including a new universal remote control with an electronic paper interface.
Launched Wednesday, First Flight is a crowdfunding and e-commerce platform designed to take product proposals from the ideas to sales. It?s only available in Japanese and is limited to Sony?s in-house projects.
First Flight has three stages, a teaser stage, in which new ideas can be previewed and discussed, followed by crowdfunding and e-commerce.
?One of the strengths and aims of First Flight is to facilitate ongoing dialogue with customers from initial development through to market introduction, by seamlessly connecting each phase from previewing and crowd funding to e-commerce,? a Sony spokeswoman said.
Chinese smartphone vendor Xiaomi will finally begin selling product in Brazil, marking the first time it has sold handsets outside of Asia.
On Tuesday, Xiaomi unveiled its Redmi 2 phone for Brazil, which will cost BRL499 (US$160) when it goes on sale later this month.
The company hopes to repeat the success it has had in China selling feature-packed Android handsets at low prices. In just a matter of a few years, Xiaomi has become the country?s largest smartphone vendor. Some in the media have called it ?the Apple of China? due to its rising popularity.
VMware has settled a lawsuit initiated by a former executive that alleged the company and a partner overcharged the U.S. government for products over a six-year period.
VMware, of Palo Alto, California, and Carahsoft Technology Group, a Reston, Virginia-based company that sells technology products to federal, state and local agencies, will pay $75.5 million, according to the Department of Justice.
Neither company admitted to the allegations, which alleged violations of the False Claims Act from 2007 through 2013.
Facebook uses an algorithm for its News Feed, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg is after something much bigger: One that governs all human relationships.
?I?m most interested in questions about people,? the Facebook chief said Tuesday. ?I?m also curious about whether there is a fundamental mathematical law underlying human social relationships that governs the balance of who and what we all care about,? he said. ?I bet there is.?
Zuckerberg shared his quest with famed physicist Stephen Hawking during an online Q&A. Hawking had asked Zuckerberg what big questions in science he wanted the answers to.
Google?s new self-driving cars are on public streets. After more than a year of development and testing, the test cars hit the roads around Google?s headquarters in Mountain View late last week, and I went to check them out.
The cars are a major technical leap forward from the previous-generation Lexus SUVs that Google has been using. Those were production cars with self-driving sensors and functions added, but the new cars have been designed and built from scratch by Google.
They weren?t easy to find. Perhaps because testing is so new, I only saw them four times over the course of several hours on Friday and Monday outside the Google X research division. In contrast, scores of the previous-generation Lexus SUVs came past me during the same period.
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