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Twitter Outage: What Happened

failwhale.jpgOkay, the Twitter outage yesterday wasn’t the end of the world. But it did put a crimp in our usual routine and made gathering breaking news and information that much more challenging for a good part of the day.

Yesterday, Twitter said its technical difficulties were a result of a denial of service attack, but what kind of person or group can launch such an attack and why would they do it? And can it happen again?

Our colleagues at WebNewser have a full report on the attacks that slowed down Twitter, as well as Facebook, LiveJournal and Google’s Blogger site. The attack seems to have been targeting a blogger from the Eastern European nation of Georgia, which is currently in the midst of a war with Russia, Facebook’s chief security officer Max Kelly told CNET News.

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Help Get WebNewser’s Steve Krakauer Out Of Here

celebrity.png Despite what the title of this post suggests, we are quite fond of our colleague from WebNewser and TVNewser, Steve Krakauer. So, when we heard he was competing in the “I’m a Blogger…Get Me Out of Here!” contest, we wanted to help him out.

The winner of the contest, which is part of promotional efforts for NBC‘s upcoming reality show “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!”, will get sent to Costa Rica to blog during the show. And since Steve professes that this is his “lifelong dream,” we had to do our part and vote. And you should, too!

Here’s a little bit more info about the contest, from its Web site:

We pit bloggers against each other in a contest to see who can survive to the final round, and win a trip to live blog behind the scenes at the “I’m a Celebrity” set in Costa Rica!

Three rounds will present our bloggers with challenges about bugs, beauty, being a celebrity and surviving the jungle. And you decide who makes it to the next round.

Check out Steve’s first post about bullet ants (no thank you) and botflies (yuck). We were worried that, were he to win, Steve might encounter these scary creepy crawlers when he gets to Costa Rica. But thankfully, bloggers don’t get to go outside much. But unfortunately, we think Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt are more scary than bullet ants anyway.

New York Newspapers Can’t Retain Web Site Traffic

nypmasthead2.gifWebnewser has a story detailing the struggles that the recently online-only Seattle Post-Intelligencer is having to retain Web traffic, which fell 23 percent year-to-year. However, there’s an interesting story happening closer to home as well.

As Editor & Publisher reports, while The New York Times‘ site saw unique visitors rise seven percent from March 2008 to March 2009 (despite online advertising revenue dropping eight percent in Q1 of 2009), both the New York Post and Newsday lost audience. The former fell 18 percent to 3,827,000 uniques a month while the latter checked in at a little more than 3 million, down five percent from 2008.

The one New York-based success story: Daily News Online Edition, which saw traffic jump 71 percent to 5,658,000 uniques per month.

WaPo Forces ABC to ‘Fix’ Its Web Series Name

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ABC News‘ decision a few weeks back to name their new daily Web series ‘The Fix’ struck more than a few people as strange. Those of you who follow politics will already know that Chris Cillizza has been writing a well-read blog for the Washington Post titled ‘The Fix‘ since 2005 and more recently his very active Twitter feeds took up the name. Was ABC unaware? Unclear (though it is a little like WaPo launching a Web series called ‘The Note’).

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Further Distpatches from SXSWi ’09

webnewser_sxsw01.gifOver at WebNewser our managing editor Rebecca Fox, who has been braving the sometimes un-wired waters of SXSW since last Saturday, is looking back on her experiences thus far this year.

Transparency, openness and community emerged as governing themes at this year’s SXSW Interactive conference…At the same time, the conference created no small amount of cognitive dissonance for those with a mind toward the largely-unmentioned ‘e’-word here in Austin — the economy.

Other evolutions from last year’s conference: Facebook’s plunge from superstar to sad-clown status, and Twitter’s total domination and elegant absence…

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Pre-Summit Party in New York City

summit_2-16.gifNo doubt you’ve been seeing lots of advertisements on the MB blogs (or hearing them on our podcast perchance) for the upcoming TVNewser Summit. Well before the Summit TVNewser and our newest blog WebNewser are hosting a warm-up party of sorts.

The party will be held on Feb. 24 from 6:30-8:30pm at Tribeca Cinemas. Also, we are going to raffle off 2 tickets to the TVNewser Summit at the party! Sign up here.

New York Times Wins Two Global Media Awards at CES

webnewserCES_12.30.jpgOver at WebNewser, TVNewser‘s Chris Ariens, who is out in Las Vegas for the International CES, reports that The New York Times won two awards last night at the first ever Global Media Awards.

The Times won Outstanding Short Format Entertainment for “Life in Transition,” an NYTimes.com video about a homeless Bronx man, who probably has schizophrenia as well a drug addiction. It has been described as “one of the most compelling, informative, and illuminating documentaries on chronic homelessness.”

NYTimes.com also won Outstanding Informational Long Form story for “Choking on Growth” about pollution in China.

For more details and further reports from Vegas check out WebNewser here.

Introducing WebNewser!

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We have a new blog! It’s called WebNewser and it’s now up and running. The site will report on how media companies, as well as newspapers, are digitizing their way to the future and using the Web to expand their businesses and remain relevant to their customers. Think Twitter (hey there Rich Sanchez, Britney, and Barack!) Facebook, etc. Per the site’s announcement:

A few months ago our boss, Laurel Touby, suggested that our blogs needed to be doing more stories on how the Web continues to transform how media companies run their businesses — whether through content distribution, consolidation, social networking, live video, Web-only exclusives, search & research (what did we do before Google and Wikipedia?)

We’ll bring you breaking news and new initiatives. We’ll track which media companies are coming out ahead in the Web game and who’s falling behind. Plus, we’ll bring you job changes, Web ratings and inside stories from our ‘web’ of anonymous tipsters.

Go check it out here.

Hacking in 140 Characters or Less!

sancheztwitter_1-5.bmpSomeone is hacking Twitter! We noticed a warning on our Twitter page when we logged in this morning and it turns out other, far more bolder faces, may have been taken for a bit of a twitter ride.

WebNewser has more info, but it looks like Britney Spears (y’all!), CNN’s Rick Sanchez, and Bill O’Reilly have all fallen victim to the 140 character hacker. See here for deets.