Twitter Says Widespread Outages Resolved; Blames Glitchy Software Update

Twitter Says Widespread Outages Resolved; Blames Glitchy Software Update

Twitter Inc said on Tuesday it had reversed a glitchy software update and resolved outages widely reported across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America that affected users of the social network on computers and phones.

In a status update at 1800 GMT (1 p.m. EST), Twitter said an “intermittent issue affecting some users” was related to “an internal code change.”

“We reverted the change, which fixed the issue,” Twitter said in a statement. There was no immediate way to determine whether full service had been restored for all users.

Twitter Inc shares were down almost 7 percent at market close. Wall Street has long worried about Twitter’s stagnant growth in users and advertising revenue, and analysts said the outage added to the concern.

“The current market malaise and the recent site outages are compounding the negatives and having a very negative reaction on the shares,” said Victor Anthony, Axiom Capital Management analyst.

Some users who tweeted with the hashtag #twitterdown reported they had not experienced problems or that their service had been restored. Others said they were still having problems after Twitter’s announcement.

Many pointed out that Twitter could not have been down for everyone since #twitterdown was among the top trending hashtags on the site.

Both Twitter’s Internet and mobile services began experiencing outages concentrated in northern Europe around 0820 GMT.

Users from Scandinavia to Saudi Arabia to South Africa reported outages. India and Russia also suffered performance issues, according to a Twitter technical site.

Intermittent breakdowns later spread to the United States and Canada in the early part of their working day.

Sporadic disruptions continued at 1420 GMT, six hours after they first began to spread. At approximately 1745 GMT Twitter reported that some users were still having trouble accessing the service.

Fifteen minutes later the company announced the service problems had been resolved. A company spokeswoman had no further comment.

Even during the outage, services had been restored for some affected users, only to fail again.

Twitter currently has just over 300 million users but had its slowest user growth in 2015. It was eclipsed by photo-sharing app Instagram, which is owned by Facebook Inc and surpassed 400 million users last year.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s other company, Square Inc, was down almost 8 percent on Tuesday, though the reason for that was unclear.


Goodbox Acquires SmartPocket, a Mobile Wallet for Loyalty Credits

Goodbox Acquires SmartPocket, a Mobile Wallet for Loyalty Credits

Nexus Ventures-backed [Goodbox](, which calls itself a conversational m-commerce startup, announced Wednesday that it will be acquiring SmartPocket, a mobile wallet solution for loyalty cards.

The acquisition sum was not disclosed. SmartPocket founders Kiran Shastri and Mayank Shah will be joining the leadership team at Goodbox post acquisition, the company said.

Goodbox provides a mobile app to chat and order from local businesses, enabling small businesses to become e-commerce ready quickly, while enabling users to buy from stores across multiple categories using a messaging platform.

(Also read: SmartPocket App Review: A Smarter Alternative to Loyalty Cards)

“During our discussions with them, we realized we share a similar vision and it made sense to join forces to empower millions of SMEs to come online. We are building very strong mobile capabilities and this is a step towards that objective.” said Abey Zachariah, CEO and Co-founder of Goodbox.

Founded in 2014, the Bengaluru-based startup had raised $2.5 million (roughly Rs. 16.9 crores) in its Series A round from Nexus Venture Partners. SmartPocket had raised $200,000 (roughly Rs. 1.3 crores) in angel funding Its seven member co-founding team includes Mohit Maheshwari, Abey Zachariah, Mahesh Herle, Nithin Chandra, Anand Kelaginamani, Mayank Bidawatka and Charan Shetty.

A host of personal assistants provide chat-based shopping functionality, including Haptik, and Lookup.WhatsApp is expected to release new tools for businesses soon, to tap into small business entrepreneurs who use mobile internet to grow and network their business.]


Teewe-Maker Raises $3 Million Funding, to Enter Smartphone Market With Android-Based OS

Teewe-Maker Raises $3 Million Funding, to Enter Smartphone Market With Android-Based OS

On the event of its latest funding round, Bengaluru-based Mango Man Consumer Electronics, the makers of HDMI media streaming device Teewe has re-branded itself Creo. The re-branding coincides with the launch of its proprietary Android OS on Thursday.

The company launched its website and announced it had raised $3 million (roughly Rs. 20.3 crores) in funds from Sequoia India, Beenext Ventures, and India Quotient.

The startup will be developing a proprietary software OS based on Android, and then launching a smartphone by the first half of 2016, said Sai Srinivas, Co-Founder and CEO, Creo, in a conversation with Gadgets 360. The Android based OS will have access to the Google Play store, and the company plans to license its OS to other OEMs in India and worldwide.

“From a functional aspect our OS aims to deliver features that are not there on any other phone, with a promise of building new features on a regular monthly basis,” he said, adding that the OS will continuously evolve to provide new experiences.

(Also see: 12 Indian Hardware Startups That Are Making an Impact)

The Sequoia-funded startup had launched its first hardware device, Teewe in September 2014, and Teewe 2 in May 2015. Teewe added torrent streaming functionality through an update in late December 2015.

(Also see: Teewe 2 Review: Plug and Play Streaming Media Player)

Earlier this week, Mumbai-based MoFirst, the makers of FirsTouch OS had recently re-branded its regional language smartphone operating system as Indus OS, to go with its fund-raise of $5 million (roughly Rs. 34 crores).


Apple’s Music Memos App Makes It Easier to Jot Down Song Ideas; GarageBand Gets an Update

Apple's Music Memos App Makes It Easier to Jot Down Song Ideas; GarageBand Gets an Update

Apple realises that many people use its Voice Memos app on their iPhone to record ideas for songs, and perhaps that’s why it is now giving these users a standalone app for the task. On Wednesday, the Cupertino-based company released Music Memos. On the sidelines, Apple also updated GarageBandmusic suite.

Apple has had the GarageBand app available for the iPhone and iPad for quite some time. However, many people – who are not actually musicians – find the app too complicated. Apple is cutting a slack for such users with its Music Memos app. Music Memo lets users record in a high-quality, uncompressed format, then file it away with tags and ratings. Once done, you can listen to the track you just made, quickly check the arrangement of different music notes, and automatically stuff in basslines and drums which are automatically moulded in the same rhythm as your original track.

Apple says that Music Memos works best with acoustic guitar or piano-based songs. It is available for iPhone, iPad 3 and above, iPad mini (all generations), and the iPad Pro, running on iOS 9.1 and above. Syncing with iCloud, Music Memos can then be accessed across the Apple ecosystem.


Apple also updated GarageBand to version 2.1 on iOS. The in-house music creation studio is getting two interesting new features – Live Loops and Drummer. Live Loops allows anyone to create electronic music without having to own a beat-making specialised hardware. Apple is also bringing Drummer feature, previously available on GarageBand for OS X to the iOS app.