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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.
Facebook to Make Changes in Response to Class-Action Lawsuit Over Sponsored Stories (AllFacebook)
After initially settling a class-action lawsuit regarding sponsored stories for $10 million, Facebook said it will make some changes and give users more control over how their personal information is used in the ad feature. These changes could deal a big hit to the social network’s pocketbook. The Next Web Facebook has started rolling out the ability to edit comments. The feature, which will show the entire editing thread, will be available to everyone in the next couple of days. Bloomberg Facebook has teamed up with Unilever to let users donate to a clean water charity using online credits as the social network tries to convince members to make more transactions and gather information about them. The project, called Water Works, will allow donations through Facebook credits, consumer goods maker Unilever said at the Cannes Lions advertising festival in France.
Flipboard, Another Apple Darling, Expands to Android (The New York Times/Bits Blog)
Yet another app that was exclusive to Apple’s mobile devices is expanding to Google’s Android platform and elsewhere. What’s funny in particular about this app, Flipboard, is that the company behind it was co-founded by a former Apple employee who worked on the iPhone.
Knight-Backed Peepol.TV Aims to be a Social Network for Live Video (Nieman Journalism Lab)
Felipe Heusser, founder and director of a Latin American NGO based in Chile, will receive $360,000 through the Knight Foundation to develop Peepol.TV, a social network for live citizen video, what one external reviewer described as “a channel guide for the entire Internet” — tagged, mapped, and searchable. Heusser and his team will also create a smartphone app that ties into the platform.
Indiegogo Campaign Raises Over $300,000 (And Growing) for Bullied Bus Monitor to Go on Vacation (SocialTimes)
A video, originally posted on Facebook, was recently uploaded to YouTube showing a 68-year-old bus monitor being bullied by schoolchildren. Reddit user Max Sidorov started an Indiegogo fundraiser to send the monitor on a vacation, and so far $300,000 — and counting — has been raised.
Inside Twitter’s New San Francisco Headquarters [PICS] (Mashable)
Local photographer Troy Holden stopped in to snap some beautiful shots of the new Twitter office in San Francisco, Calif., which takes up three floors at 1355 Market St. The space features a yoga studio, a rooftop garden and an arcade — essential elements in any productive workplace, really.
Bing’s New Image Search: the Pinteresting of the Internet Continues (VentureBeat)
Everybody wants to be Pinterest. Microsoft announced that image search, which is almost 10 percent of Bing traffic, is getting a facelift. The new look is gorgeous … and very reminiscent of Pinterest.
Elevator Pitch: Moonit App Finds Friends, Lovers Using Astrology (mediabistroTV)
In the latest episode of “Elevator Pitch,” host Alan Meckler chats with the co-founders of Moonit, a social discovery app that connects people using astrology. According to the Moonit website, “Moonit’s algorithm performs a full birth date analysis to give you a percentage compatibility score and an in-depth output on your relationship potential.”
With Rollout of New Version Next Month, Klout CEO Wants to ‘Get it Right’ (GigaOM)
The last time Klout changed its social influence algorithms, the Internet erupted with criticism. But with the upcoming rollout of its next version, it seems the company is planning to tread more carefully.