This wasn’t due to a hack or our new office or Euro 2012 or GIF avatars, as some have speculated today. A ‘cascading bug’ is a bug with an effect that isn’t confined to a particular software element, but rather its effect “cascades” into other elements as well. One of the characteristics of such a bug is that it can have a significant impact on all users, worldwide, which was the case today. As soon as we discovered it, we took corrective actions, which included rolling back to a previous stable version of Twitter.Twitter VP of Engineering Mazen Rawashdeh • Formally denying that outside hacking was involved in Thursday’s downtime, hours after a hacker group took credit. Instead, they say it was a “cascading bug” that was to blame. So there’s that. (thanks @rmhrisk)
Earlier Bryson tweet with hashtag ‘#skills’ attempted levity (before facts known) and failed miserably. We took it down and regret the tweetKarl Rove-run Super PAC American Crossroads GPS • Apologizing via tweet for suggesting that Commerce Secretary John Bryson’s weekend hit-and-run accidents might have been the result of drunk driving. Maybe it’s just us, but a Twitter apology seems like, quite literally, the absolute least you could do after realizing you are 100% in the wrong. Um, may want to have a press conference, Karl. source (via • follow)
We have a ton of things we want to accomplish here and working for some conglomerate or having bean-counting investors breathing down our necks simply isn’t the way for us to achieve them.Taptaptap founder John Casasanta • In a statement released via the Camera+ developer’s blog, announcing that the popular camera replacement app had sold its 8 millionth copy. In a new profile on TheNextWeb, Casasanta revealed that his company has declined acquisition offers from some of the biggest names in tech, including Google, Twitter, Adobe, and Zynga. He says that, since Facebook acquired Instagram, the offers for his company have continued to grow both in size and frequency; however, the development studio simply values its independence too much to turn its direction over to the whim of investors. source (via • follow)
For one thing, Bowman notes that, like a fine five-dollar bottle of artisanal water, the new bird ‘is crafted purely from three sets of overlapping circles,’ a concept which he subsequently expands into some bull about how circles are your friends where ideas are shapes and wings take dream.Gawker’s Caity Weaver • Offering a beautifully cynical take on Twitter’s new bird logo, which many see as an extremely minor change, but others think is graceful. Weaver’s mockery is focused, specifically, on creative director Doug Bowman’s overwrought blog post on the matter, but she also takes a moment to make fun of the company’s strict branding rules, which say you cannot do a bunch of things people are going to continue to do. *golf clap* Good show, Caity.