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WhatsApp founder apologizes for service's largest outage ever

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 23 Feb 2014 20:55 User comments (1)

WhatsApp founder apologizes for service's largest outage ever Less than a week after the company was acquired for a staggering $19 billion by social networking behemoth Facebook, WhatsApp had its largest outage ever.
Founder and CEO Jan Koum has apologized this weekend for the four hour outage, giving a bit more details about the down time.

"It has been our longest and biggest outage in years and affected all of our users," Koum confirmed.

The CEO says a network router was faulty, causing a cascading failure that eventually hit their servers. That being said, it seems like coincidental timing rather than an influx of attention from the Facebook purchase pressing their networks.

Koum is working on making "sure it will not happen again" by overseeing new measures and working with their service provider.

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124.2.2014 9:14

"Whats UP" with these people? - $19b on something you can do on other apps and platforms?? plus most get free texts these days - Anyway, hasn't Facebook already got messaging for the kids... oh hold on I know, Zuckerberg and Acton are good friends and Facebook has heaps of poor investors cash to dispose of after the IPO. That'll be it!

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