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Latest Tech News 17/12/2010

Facebook suffers brief shut down

An accidental leak of upcoming services on Facebook forced the social network to take itself offline.

Facebook was forced to take itself offline after a staff member accidentally leaked internal product prototypes.
The social network was unreachable for about 20-30 minutes while the mess was cleared up.
The outage happened as the site introduced redesigned brand pages, a revamped photos section and a new page management feature.
In a statement on its blog, Facebook apologised for the brief downtime.
"For a brief period of time, some internal prototypes were made public to a number of people externally." read the message. "As a result, we took the site down for a few minutes. It's back up, and we apologise for the inconvenience."
The BBC understands that the problem arose when code for a number of new products was exposed to the public before they were ready to be launched. This included a feature called "memories" that indexed what people have done on Facebook chronologically.
"They're not pleased that they had to shut the website down for 30 minutes," said Sam Gustin at
"But it comes with the territory when you have a culture of iterative innovation, they say," he said. "Sometimes code gets pushed out before it's ready."
"There's probably an engineer at Facebook who is feeling pretty sheepish that he or she caused the world's biggest online social network to shut itself down for a half an hour," added Mr Gustin.
The news blog ReadWriteWeb saw the funny side of things by listing five things to do during a Facebook outage. They included resorting to instant messaging, using the phone to connect with people and reading a book.
On Twitter, one widely circulated tweet doing the rounds read "Facebook is down. Half the world population had suddenly become productive. The other half of the population is using Twitter."

Source: BBC News

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By echo off on 18-12-2010, 07:56 AM
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Nokia Apple patent row escalates

Nokia claims some technology in the iPad infringes its patents

Nokia has extended its legal action against Apple by filing 13 more patent infringement claims.
Nokia's latest legal move involved filing claims in courts in the UK, Germany and Holland.
The claims build on legal action started in October 2009 when Nokia sued Apple, alleging 10 patent infringements.
In response, Apple countersued and then extended the action accusing Nokia of infringing more of its patents.
The latest action is the fourth time that Nokia has filed claims against Apple. Earlier claims in Delaware and Wisconsin covered alleged patent infringements of 3G and wi-fi technology.
Another was a petition to the US International Trade Commission which Nokia asked to halt imports of Apple products. Apple asked the ITC to do the same to Nokia products.
Legal action between the two was suspended while the ITC investigated the competing claims. Apple and Nokia took their arguments to the ITC earlier this month but no ruling has yet been released.
The latest infringement claims from Nokia cover a variety of technologies including touch interfaces, caller ID and display illumination.
Announcing its legal action, Nokia said some of the patents had been filed more than a decade before the launch of the iPhone.
Apple has not responded to a request for comment on the latest legal filing.
Soon after Nokia filed its initial legal action in 2009, Apple countersued and then in September 2010 sued Nokia in the UK saying it had violated nine of its patented technologies.
Both sides in the dispute have always denied each other's claims.
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By maxmanrules on 19-12-2010, 06:00 AM
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Oh no Facebook has died! Wait, I'm not on Facebook, cause I don't want all my info sold off. Oh well! Don't particularly like apple either. Release the dang IPad and IPhone at a proper time, not a month after it went in the US. Also, is that your actual specs echo? If so I feel jealous, you have an nVidia GeForce 9500 and I have a 210
Handy news though, keep it up.
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