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Twitter Double Outage Blamed on Bug (Reuters)
A double outage rocked Twitter on Thursday, as users worldwide reported significant down time and slow service across its website and mobile applications. The outages left another bruise on a service that earned a reputation for unreliability in its early days. USA Today Twitter blamed the problem on a “cascading bug” that had “a significant impact on all users, worldwide,” said Mazen Rawashdeh, vice president of engineering, on the company’s blog. “It’s imperative that we remain available around the world, and we stumbled.” AllTwitter According to hacktivist group UGNazi, it took Twitter down — not some “cascading bug.” UGNazi has also posted a target list of other places it plans to take down, including Google. Mashable “We just #TangoDown’d twitter.com for 40 minutes worldwide! #UGnazi,” reads a tweet sent from @UG on Thursday afternoon that was directed at accounts associated with the more well-known and widespread Anonymous hacker collective, as well as the media outlet Russia Today. #TangoDown is a term adopted by Anonymous and other hackers and botnet owners referring to a successful attack against a targeted website. CNET On a more positive note, Twitter will launch its ad services in 50 countries this year as the company continues to grow overseas, the Guardian reported. CEO Dick Costolo outlined the expansion of Twitter’s mobile business strategy at an advertising conference in Cannes, France. The first markets to have access will be Latin America, including Brazil, and west European countries such as Spain and Germany. Read more

More Than Just Stupid Stuff and Things Exploding? Nomad Editions Launches Social Media-Themed Magazine, U+Me

Just as Web 2.0 has made the Internet a social space, mobile devices have made it possible to just sit quietly and read, free from the clutter and distractions of the rest of the Internet. U+Me, the latest in a series of mobile magazines by Nomad Editions, is a little bit of both. The inaugural issue, which launched on February 11th, takes a closer look at Internet culture with stories about the people behind the viral videos and the social media campaigns that made the headlines.

The title of issue, “Stupid Stuff and Things Exploding” fits the complicated nature of its content, which includes an in-depth analysis of how social media launched a revolution in Egypt. The stories range from a heartwarming look at the guy who created an amazing Muppet video to propose to his girlfriend on YouTube to a surreal test of Moonit’s astrology-based matchmaking tool to find out if Tiger Mom, the meme character based on Amy Chua’s parenting memoir, is more compatible with High Expectations Father or Emo Dad. (Answer: Emo Dad.)

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