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News Summary: Data center blamed in Twitter outage

The Associated Press

This an an image of a screen displaying the the micro-blogging site Twitter in London Thursday July 26, 2012. Twitter says that people may have trouble accessing its site. Users across the United States, Europe and Africa are reporting outages or sluggishness on the day before the London 2012 Games are expected to cause a spike in activity on the site. (AP Photo/Cassandra Vinograd)

OUTAGE: People around the world experienced problems accessing Twitter for more than an hour Thursday.

WHAT HAPPENED: Twitter blamed systems failures — not a crush of traffic around the Olympic games.

EXTENT OF PROBLEMS: Sluggishness or outages were reported for more than an hour in countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Some users were able to post updates through their phones or third-party applications.