Outages or inflated response times could be result of planned anti-Western media attacks by nationalistic Chinese computer hackers.
The online news site begins running paid links next to headlines, leading some media watchdogs to warn that readers could be fooled into mistaking ads for news stories.
A systems glitch at CNN.com hobbled the Web site of the cable TV news channel for about three hours Monday afternoon, said Keynote Systems. San Mateo, Calif.-based Keynote, which measures how quickly visitors are able to access a Web site, said that CNN's front door could only be downloaded about 46.8 percent during a span from noon to about 3 p.m. PDT. Normally, visitors to CNN.com log on with ease, or about 98 percent of the time, said Dan Todd, Keynote's chief technologist for public service. The glitch was a result of human error, said Edna Johnson, a CNN spokeswoman. She acknowledged that the malfunction slowed the site but said that it never rendered the site completely inoperable. During one 15-minute period, however, starting at about 1 p.m. PDT, visitors to CNN.com could log on only 13 percent of the time, a very low success rate, Keynote said.
We have Mark Milion as a guest on today's episode--he's a tech reporter for CNN.com, which means he'll spend half of the show fielding questions from Wilson about Anderson Cooper. We also chat about the future of micro-blogging and of course, we have to grill him about his "Hottie of the Week" achievement last year.
We have Mark Milian as a guest on today's episode. He's a tech reporter for CNN.com, which means he'll spend half of the show fielding questions from Wilson about Anderson Cooper. We also chat about the future of micro-blogging, and, of course, we have to grill him about his "Hottie of the Week" achievement last year.
Service to the news Web site is interrupted for about an hour, but the cause of the outage has not been determined, the company says.
Various groups are rallying supporters online for real-world and Internet protests of allegedly anti-Chinese media on Saturday. Attack on CNN.com is reportedly planned.
The search giant says it signed a multi-year agreement with CNN.com, in a blow to rival Yahoo.
Online advertising technology company Bluestreak says it has launched a streaming media technology that eliminates the hassle of plug-ins. The Newport, R.I.-based company says the technology, dubbed StreakingMedia, lets advertisers include streaming audio and video into their online and e-mail marketing campaigns. Bluestreak says select advertisers will use the technology in banner ads on a trial basis at CNN.com and CNNSI.com. The company also says that interactive advertising agency I-Frontier is using StreakingMedia in a beta campaign for Universal Studios Home Video that features a 30-second trailer from the movie, "Meet The Parents." The launch comes shortly after Bluestreak, which was founded two years ago, nabbed $19.5 million in a round of financing from investors that include AOL Time Warner.
Amazon.com, eBay, Buy.com, CNN.com, Etrade, and ZDNet were targeted by "denial of service" attacks that rendered their Web sites largely inaccessible.