Twitter Down Facebook Experiencing Problems

Image via Wired
Image via Wired

Twitter is down. Facebook is experiencing intermittent problems. The world is going to end. Currently, Twitter is defending its servers against an DDoS attack. More about denial of service attacks here.

Twitter has shown its importance during the Iran election debacle a few weeks ago. It was the main way for citizens to get news out about what was happening inside the country, as the government wouldn’t let much out since it has a firm grasp on the media.

It’s a quicker, ephemeral medium. Much more so than blogs, and those are also ephemeral and quick compared to traditional media. It’s launching the real time web, which is something very exciting.

Update: It appears that the source is a Georgian blogger’s account. Twitter, Facebook, Livejournal and Google’s Blogger were targeted. While Google was never affected, and Facebook worked well but with intermittent problems during the day, Twitter is still out of commission.

McCain Wants Predators to Provide WiFi to Iran

John McCain wants US Predators, which are unmanned spy planes, to provide uncensored WiFi to Iran. That sounds like the ravings of a mental madman, but I love the idea. Freedom to the people. Is it even technically feasible? I can just imagine CIA spies trying to smuggle in DSL modems!

Modern Iranian Culture for Dummies

John Lopez of Vanity Fair attemps to explain modern Iranian culture.

Iran’s Complex Political System

This depicts Irans complex political system, a mix between religion and politics
This depicts Iran's complex political system, a mix between religion and politics

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Civil Unrest in Teheran

Protesteres in Iran unhappy with the results of the sham election
Protesteres in Iran unhappy with the results of the sham election

Iran’s Blogosphere

Cool representation of Iran’s Blogosphere over at Swissmiss.

Spooks S06E10 (BBC)

Spooks is back for another season on BBC. I’ve really enjoyed the last few seasons of Spooks. They aren’t afraid of getting rid of important characters. On top of that, this show has realistically portrayed intelligence operatives, which isn’t easy to find.

Spooks will be back for another season, but a lot of actors are going to change. It is the last season for Rupert Perry-Jones, who plays Adam Carter. I’ve also read that a new spin-off show called Rogue Spooks will air next year. Sounds good.

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