Peter Kafka

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No, You Weren’t Alone: Apple’s iCloud Stumbled at Launch

If you tried using Apple’s new iCloud service in the last two days and couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working, you weren’t alone: The service has gone through a series of opening day(s) hiccups.

Apple has helpfully documented them in a new status page, which you may want to bookmark. By Apple’s count, the service has had five foul-ups big enough to warrant an advisory since the system launched October 12.

The good news: Apple says iCloud has been okay as of 5:37 am ET today.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik