Daily, your everyday technology news brief is here. In today’s edition: The cyber attack that almost stopped the Internet and 12 top stories.
Google Translate For Android Gets Offline Mode With Support For 50 Languages: Obviously, there are a number of offline translation apps available, but if you are partial to Google Translate and you use an Android phone, you’ll be happy to hear that the latest version of the Google Translate app for Android (2.3+) now lets you download offline language packages for about fifty languages. More here.
Internet slowed by cyber attack on spam blocker: One of the largest ever cyber attacks is slowing global internet services after an organisation blocking “spam” content became a target, with some experts saying the disruption could get worse. Steve Linford, chief executive of Spamhaus, told the BBC that the company had been subjected to attacks on an unprecedented scale for more than a week. More here.
The DDoS That Almost Broke the Internet: The New York Times this morning published a story about the Spamhaus DDoS attack and how CloudFlare helped mitigate it and keep the site online. The Times calls the attack the largest known DDoS attack ever on the Internet. We wrote about the attack last week. At the time, it was a large attack, sending 85Gbps of traffic. Since then, the attack got much worse. Here are some of the technical details of what we’ve seen. More here.
Researchers create fiber network that operates at 99.7% speed of light, smashes speed and latency records: Researchers at the University of Southampton in England have produced optical fibers that can transfer data at 99.7% of the universe’s speed limit: The speed of light. The researchers have used these new optical fibers to transfer data at 73.7 terabits per second — roughly 10 terabytes per second, and some 1,000 times faster than today’s state-of-the-art 40-gigabit fiber optic links, and at much lower latency. More here.
Ericsson Said to Discuss Buying Microsoft’s TV-Software Unit: Ericsson AB is in talks to buy Microsoft Corp’s IPTV business, which makes software used by phone companies such as AT&T Inc to deliver television over the Internet, people with knowledge of the matter said. The deal could be announced in a few weeks, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private. More here.
Mike Dell’s former lieutenant leads coup attempt: Dave Johnson finds himself once again pitted against a former employer. In leading Blackstone Group’s 11th-hour bid for Dell Inc, the acquisitions expert and famously tough negotiator has seated himself across the table from ex-boss and company founder Michael Dell. More here.
Mobile ads to push Twitter ad revenue near $1 bln in 2014: Twitter will generate nearly $1 billion in ad revenue next year due to a surge in mobile advertising on its Web microblogging service, according to a report released on Wednesday. Mobile ads will account for roughly half of Twitter’s advertising revenue this year and will make up more than 60 percent of the company’s ad revenue by 2015 according to research firm eMarketer. More here.
A Driving Force Behind Wikipedia Will Step Down: Sue Gardner, who oversaw a period of rapid growth and evolution of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, said she would step down as executive director of the nonprofit foundation that runs it. In an interview on Wednesday, Ms. Gardner, 45, said she would leave in roughly six months, after the Wikimedia Foundation board had picked a successor. More here.
AngelList hints at expanding Invest feature: AngelList, the online network that connects founders with investors, has been a hit with entrepreneurs. At the Founder Showcase in Mountain View, CA, AngelList’s Ash Fontana, who runs fundraising products for the company, shared a few details about tweaks its making to improve its service. More here.
U.S. Defense Agency Feeds Python: The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has given 3 million dollars to Texas-based software provider Continuum Analytics with a view to helping fund the improvement of the Python language’s data processing and visualization power for big data tasks. More here.
Egypt catches divers cutting Internet cable amid disruptions: Egypt’s coastguard caught three divers cutting through an undersea Internet cable on Wednesday, the army said, the first suggestion criminals might be involved in days of severed connections and disruptions online. More here.
Canadian Supreme Court enforces stricter standards on cops reading text messages: High court says a wiretap warrant, rather than a general warrant, is required. More here.