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Twitter Experienced Service Disruption on Monday Evening (CNET)
Some Twitter users were unable to access the network Monday evening, getting instead a greeting from its fail whale. “Users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter. Our engineers are currently working to resolve the issue,” the company said in a status update Monday. The social network has since added “This issue has now been resolved” to the update. The Next Web As to what caused the outage, details are scarce. While DownForEveryoneOrJustMe said Twitter was doing just fine, since the site wasn’t completely down, DownRightNow was reporting a “likely service disruption.” AFP French anti-racist and Jewish organizations on Monday condemned what they called a wave of anti-Semitism sweeping over Twitter using the hashtag #unbonjuif. The hashtag — which in English means a good Jew — has been one of the top trending words on French language tweets in recent days and is often followed by offensive comments. The Huffington Post The story of David Rose, a deaf paraplegic blogger who inspired thousands, has turned out to be a labyrinth of lies, according to blog reports. After a number of international news outlets picked up his story, Rose’s Twitter following swelled, and even celebrities such as Kim Kardashian tweeted his quotes. AllTwitter File this one under news that shouldn’t be: There’s a rumor circulating that Twitter is considering adding a (gasp!) woman to its board of directors. Currently, Twitter’s board includes CEO Dick Costolo, company founders Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams, and investors such as Peter Fenton of Benchmark Capital and Peter Currie of Currie Capital.
Foursquare Launching Local Search Engine for Everyone, Not Just Registered Users (GigaOM)
While Foursquare has evolved over the last two years to become more of a local search and recommendation engine with its Explore feature, the benefits have been limited to logged-in users, first on mobile and then on the desktop website. Now Foursquare wants to become an open local search tool with a redesigned desktop homepage that allows non-members to search for local listings and get recommendations on nearby restaurants, bars and businesses. The Next Web Foursquare said that it has been improving the formula for its recommendations given through Explore, analyzing its 3 billion check-ins and 30 million tips to do so. That’s when they started experimenting with trying to provide recommendations to people without having a profile of their check-ins to reference, which is where the new Explore feature came from. VentureBeat Because the service is only as useful as the information Foursquare has on users’ habits, visitors to the new homepage will be better served by actually creating their own accounts. And that’s exactly what Foursquare wants.
Etsy Accused of Exploiting Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Marketing Email (The Daily Dot)
Breast cancer activists have accused Etsy of using breast cancer as a marketing tool without doing enough to help the cause. It’s an alleged example of “pinkwashing,” the corporate practice of selling pink products that don’t actually fulfill their claims about donating toward breast cancer prevention.
Violentacrez Takes to Reddit to Solicit Sympathy, PayPal Donations (BetaBeat)
Violentacrez, a notorious Reddit user who moderated controversial subreddits like Creepshots and Jailbait, was revealed by Gawker on Friday to be a Texas-based IT worker named Michael Brusch. In A Reddit thread, Brutsch announced that he was fired on Saturday from his IT job, and that he is worried about being able to acquire health insurance for his sick wife.
Space Jump Stream Blows Curiosity Landing Out of the Stratosphere With 16x More Concurrent Views (SocialTimes)
If you tuned in to YouTube Sunday afternoon to watch Felix Baumgartner jump out of a balloon from frickin’ space to break 50-year-old records for the highest jump from a platform, the longest distance freefall, and maximum vertical velocity, you weren’t alone — more than 8 million people were watching. Ustream’s livestream of the Mars landing had a total of 3.2 million viewers, but only 500,000 concurrently — that’s 16 times more concurrent views for Sunday’s jump.
Inmate Sues Over the ‘Right’ to Read Facebook From Prison (CNET)
A Pennsylvania prison inmate is waging a novel legal battle — for a supposed First Amendment right to Facebook. Mark Nixon, who is incarcerated in Frackville, Pa., filed a federal civil rights lawsuit after he was denied access to printouts of Facebook pages sent through the U.S. mail, which prison officials labeled “unacceptable correspondence” and discarded.
TBG Digital Loses Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer Badge (Inside Facebook)
Social media advertising company TBG Digital has been suspended from Facebook’s Preferred Marketing Developer Program for violations of the rules related to talking about new product tests, according to CEO Simon Mansell. TBG Digital has lost its ads “badge” and missed out on an opportunity to join the class of Strategic PMDs that participate in alpha and beta tests.
Google Amps Up Personal Search to Combine Gmail, Calendar, Drive and More (AllThingsD)
Google is slowly but surely combining its various products so that users can find all their stuff in one place. Gmail users are now able to search across their mail, contacts, Google Drive documents and Google Calendar appointments, all from the search bar at the top of the Webmail application.
How the Debate Moderators Fared in Twitter Analysis (Lost Remote)
With the next debate being tonight, Twitter sent out an email Monday with some interesting stats around the moderators of the last two debates. “We put both Jim Lehrer and Martha Raddatz through the same algorithm we use for the candidates’ Twitter Political Index, where they are related to a 0-100 scale of all other topics on Twitter,” explained Twitter’s Rachael Horwitz.