Technology. We’ve come to depend on it so much, and yet it’s not always dependable. Thursday morning, Twitter went down for over an hour, wreaking havoc in the Twitteverse and the world.

Mazan Rawashdeh, vice president of engineering posted the following apology on his blog:

“We are sorry. Many of you came to Twitter earlier today expecting, well, Twitter. Instead, between around [11:20am and Noon EST], users around the world got zilch from us. By about [1:25pm EST], people who came to Twitter finally got what they expected: Twitter.”

The outage was apparently cause by a “cascading bug” – which …read more

Can an Algorithm Write a Better News Story Than A Reporter?

Narrative Science’s mantra: “We Transform Data into Stories and Insights.” It sounds simple enough. But many writers are questioning the ethics behind the intentions of a company that trains computers to write news stores. It comes down to this, can algorithms become better at telling stories than journalists and should we even let them try?

The Wired article had this perspective on the company:

Had Narrative Science — a company that trains computers to write news stories—created this piece, it probably would not mention that the company’s Chicago headquarters lie only a long baseball toss from the Tribune newspaper building. …read more