mc10 writes: Google is asking its users to take action to support a "free and open web", before the meeting of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) begins on December 3. From the company's Google+ post: "Some governments want to use this meeting in Dubai to increase censorship and regulate the Internet.... A free and open world depends on a free and open Internet."
mc10 writes: As the results of the 2012 US Presidential election were being announced Tuesday night, Twitter experienced record traffic to its website, but the service never faltered despite the increased load – something Twitter engineers credit to the company's move from Ruby to Java for its backend software. Unlike in the past, Twitter did not experience service outages, even as the website generated 874,560 posts in a single minute at its peak in traffic.
mc10 writes: Google went temporarily offline for about 27 minutes at around 6:24pm PST / 02:24 UTC (5 Nov. 2012 PST / 6 Nov. 2012 UTC), when CloudFlare realized that Google's services went offline. CloudFlare explains how the Internet is glued together by the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), and how Moratel, an Indonesian ISP, was announcing a network that wasn't actually behind them.
Writes Whittaker, "The Google I was passionate about was a technology company that empowered its employees to innovate. The Google I left was an advertising company with a single corporate-mandated focus." He believes that the 20% spirit, meaning that Google employees spent 20% of their time working on non-work-related projects, has been damaged after Larry Page became Google CEO and decided to focus on Google+.
Interestingly, Whittaker is not alone in his opinions. Several high-level employees have also left after complaining that the "start-up spirit" of Google has been replaced by a more mature but staid culture focused on the bottom line.