Archive for July, 2007

CONFIRM THIS UPGRADE? SKIP THIS STEP

July 31, 2007

“This morning, we temporarily took down the Facebook site to fix a bug we identified earlier today…. The result [of the bug] was that an isolated group of users could see some pages that were not intended for them.”

Facebook spokesprofile Brandee Barker, explaining why what her company’s website described as an “upgrade” was in fact, debugging an error that allowed people to see users’ private data, The New York Times, 31 July 2007

I’M FEELING UBIQUITOUS

July 30, 2007

“Right now, the Internet is not available in too many places.”

Chris Sacca, Google’s head of special initiatives, on why he’s occupying space at the Googleplex pursuing harebrained wireless schemes, News.com, 30 July 2007

VENTURE CAPITAL AS CHINESE MENU

July 27, 2007

“We’ll have plenty of time to figure out the business model and there are many options to choose from.”

Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures, on his decision to fund Evan Williams’s profitless, pointless, and planless startup Twitter, unionsquareventures.com, 25 July 2007

HELL IN AN AD BASKET

July 26, 2007

“We are hell-bent and determined to allocate the talent, the resources, the money, the innovation to absolutely become a powerhouse in the ad business.”

Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, getting the first part right, anyway, News.com, 26 July 2007

DOWNTIME, WHERE ALL THE LIGHTS AREN’T BRIGHT

July 25, 2007

“365 Main has fulfilled its brand promise of ‘world’s finest datacenters’ by delivering the reliability and uptime that attracted us in the first place.”

Dale Emel, RedEnvelope’s director of technology services, in a press release issued hours before an outage at its 365 Main datacenter took the e-commerce site offline, PR Newswire, 24 July 2007

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