News Summary: Data center blamed in Twitter outage

News Summary: Twitter blames data center problems for brief global outage

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.

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