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“Ashamed and Embarrassed” LivingSocial Says Ongoing 30-Hour Outage Should End Overnight


LivingSocial said in a blog post on Wednesday night that it is close to fixing the issue that has crippled its website, mobile apps and business-customer portal for the past 30 hours.

“Suffice to say, we are ashamed and embarrassed,” the post reads. “Our teams continue to work to address the internal issues with our website and mobile app — we anticipate that our systems will be live overnight here in DC.”

The outage began Tuesday afternoon and then extended into Wednesday, as frustrated deal seekers and business owners took to social networks to air their grievances.

In an email to staff, LivingSocial CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy said, “the last two days have been an incredibly low point for our company but we will do better and we will be back.” He also promised that “something like this will not happen again.”

The Amazon-backed startup is still not providing details of the exact cause of the outage.

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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