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Jan. 23 (Bloomberg) –- Bloomberg’s Jon Erlichman and Cory Johnson report on Microsoft earnings, the latest in their CEO search and why China lost its internet. They speak to Pimm Fox on Bloomberg Television’s “Taking Stock.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Tell us about microsoft and the planning for steve palmer.

It's in full effect.

We know that.

We know that there's plenty of candidates they've talked about, one of the ones we most recently reported on, was the possible c.e.o., erickson coming.

You take a day when it company comes out with its quarterly results and they have all sorts of different businesses.

I think that's part of the thinking of why you look at a company like erickson and say, ok, here's a business that has so many global moving parts, maybe we need somebody who can operate on that scale as opposed to one person who can come in with one innovative idea.

Let's not forget that this is a company that really has set its own road map already.

Steve is leaving but he has already said this is what the new microsoft has to be.

It's almost as if the potential candidate is a person who steps up and does what steve just suggested be done.

I want to bring you in, cory johnson.

Another topic of news today in the technology world, perhaps related to microsoft, they have a lot of business in china.

Someone pulled the plug on the internet.

The whole internet in china.

Yeah, we're going to do a special show really focusing on the many different aspects of what may have been the biggest shutdown of the internet ever.

Most of the dot-com addresses going into china were shut down at some point yesterday.

Some briefly, some as short as an hour or.

So some as much as eight hours.

Most of china being offline, that could have been the biggest shutdown in the history of the internet.

Do we know who did this?

No.

china has based hackers -- their explanation of this, on hackers.

Hackers attacking china, they say.

But a lot of the experts around the world say that it was the great firewall of china.

The china sebsership machine broke.

They tried to update with some code to block some sites that let people get around this firewall.

Instead they accidentally redirected all of the nation's traffic to these sites, crashing these sites and effectively crashing the internet for the whole country.

This had a major effect on wall street.

We had a lot of companies there over the course of time, the first 45 minutes, the worst of it.

As i mentioned, some of them may have gone on as long as eight hours.

A lot of stocks in the u.s. plummet on this news or at least dropped substantially, well over 5% for a number of them.

So a big reaction.

I think a new understanding of the risk of investing in some of these china technology companies.

And a good chance to look at how different the technology is in china because of this sort of censorship and these laws around what people can see and who can see it.

Is this the kind of technical issue that can be caused by one person?

I think that what's really interesting here, something we're going to dig into on "bloomberg west" in some great depth later, is how the system of the internet, the dispersed method of spreading information , of having that information sit in different hubs on a wide network, how that's so different in china.

How every single piece of web traffic in china has to go through a government server and router and things that monitor who is doing what online.

As a result a much more fragile system than the internet worldwide, which itself has some from a jilt to it.

Just to follow up this idea being that if this is the result of attempts by members of the chinese government to install new software, they brought down their own system.

Yeah.

As one of our guests said this morning, china hacked itself here.

It wasn't an external hacker.

It was the mistakes of their own programmers.

What's also interesting, this long-term multigenerational notion that the people in china will demand their own freedom and get it, you wonder if the ability of the internet to allow people, whether civilians or people in business, to grow a different kind of a society, if the crash of that by the government sensors will bring pressure on the government to change things, or if it will go back to the way things have always been, that one restriction will lead to four more down the road.

I want to know if there's going to be an internet repairman that they send out.

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