John Paczkowski

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Are App Store Issues a Harbinger of Lion’s Launch?

After some intermittent connectivity issues Tuesday, Apple is taking down iTunes Connect for scheduled maintenance. So from 9 am to 4 pm PT today, Connect — the backend through which developers and content providers submit their wares to iTunes — may not behave as expected. Interestingly, Apple warns that this “scheduled maintenance” may result in downtime for customers in the U.K., Mexico, Australia, Switzerland, Japan and Norway.

Unannounced “scheduled maintenance.” Warnings of downtime in regional App Stores. All of this seems a bit odd, and Apple has offered no explanation for it (the company hasn’t yet responded to requests for comment). So what’s going on? That’s not clear. Some speculate it’s a server stress test in preparation for the imminent launch of OS X Lion; others theorize that it has something to do with the migration of data to the new Maiden, N.C., datacenter.


Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work