Hires and Fires
Hack Hack Hack Hack It Apart
Popular news startup Circa has just announced they’ve hired John Maloney as their new president. Mr. Maloney was formerly president of Tumblr, cofounded UrbanBaby, and also works as an angel investor and advisor.
As Circa’s new president, Mr. Maloney will lead operations, business development and growth, a press release said.
On March 14, 2013, the indictment came down: 26-year-old Matthew Keys, a celebrated social media journalist, Twitter power user and full-time editor at Reuters, had been charged in a federal criminal case. In the indictment document, published by Politico, the Department of Justice alleged that Mr. Keys had conspired with the hacktivist collective Anonymous to gain access to the Los Angeles Times’ website by providing some of the group’s members with the usernames and passwords that allowed them to deface at least one story posted there.
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Though Google Glass makes even models look vaguely dorky, a host of celebs are lining up to try them out. Stanford computer science doctoral student Andrej Karpathy analyzed the winners of the #ifihadglass contest and pulled them into a neat little table organized by follower count. The result makes it super easy to see which celebrities were chosen as part of the lucky 8,000 winners of a Glass explorers kit.
Taking a Tumble
It’s been a nerve-wracking week here on the East Coast, which is just about the only explanation for the magnitude of the Twitter freakout when Gmail and Google Docs, just now, were mysteriously unavailable for literal minutes.
Here is a chronicle of the perilous episode:
Prolific and widley followed Tumblr SoupSoup, run by Reuters social media editor Anthony De Rosa, went on hiatus today. He clarified the situation for Betabeat by phone.
The thing that really freaked me out was that the layout on my Tumblr just changed randomly. I didn’t got in to change it or try any custom theme. For years I gave them the benefit of the doubt, when it was eating my posts or the site was going down. But this is something happening on the backend I can’t control. I’m not going to spend all this time tyring to babysit my Tumblr.
I’m not quitting, if the service got better tomorrow I would be back on. But right now I cant even get on to post my responses to people who are saying I quit.
Fear not, news junkies. In the meantime you can follow De Rosa on Twitter, Facebook and Google+
As Adrianne Jeffries reported for Betabeat several months ago, since the Tumblr team got serious about hiring engineers, downtime has been far better than in years past. But clearly stability is still an issue for the rapidly growing service.