Tech 2.0 for Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Network Solutions, a company that provides tools for companies, groups and individuals to operate websites, says a hacking attack caused service disruptions to its customers. The company says it was the target of a distributed denial-of-service attack in which hackers direct thousands of computers to access its servers all at once. The fake traffic makes it difficult for legitimate visitors to get through. The servers hit contained directory information on customers' websites, making it difficult for people to find and reach those sites. The company's own website was among those affected. The company says the problem was mitigated by Wednesday afternoon and websites should be working normally. The company, owned by Web.com Group Inc., didn't say how long the attack lasted or offer details about the extent of damages.
Google appears to be getting ready to introduce the next generation of its Nexus tablets. The unveiling is likely to come at a July 24 event in San Francisco. Google Inc. sent invitations Wednesday to the media. The event will be hosted by Sundar Pichai, a Google executive who oversees the company's Android and Chrome operating systems. Android, the world's leading mobile operating system, powers Google's line-up of Nexus tablets. Those devices have emerged as a popular alternative to Apple Inc.'s iPad since Google released the first Nexus tablet with a 7-inch display screen last July. It has become customary for top-selling devices to be upgraded at least once a year, fueling speculation that is what Google is about to do with the Nexus next week.
The NCAA says it will no longer allow Electronic Arts Inc. to use its logo and name in video games. The NCAA announced Wednesday it will not enter into a new contract with EA Sports and NCAA Football 2014 will be the last edition of the popular game. The move comes as the NCAA fights a lawsuit that demands the NCAA find a way to cut players in on the billions of dollars earned by from live broadcasts, memorabilia sales, video games and in other areas. The NCAA says in a statement it is confident in its legal position regarding the use of trademarks in video games, but "we determined participating in this game is not in the best interests of the NCAA."