Brief Facebook outage prompts complaints on Twitter


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WASHINGTON: A brief Facebook outage on Friday prompted a flurry of complaints and comments on Twitter less than two months after a similar incident affected users worldwide.


According to the website, the disruption began around 1600 GMT and appeared to last less than an hour.


“Earlier this morning, some people had trouble accessing Facebook for a short time,” the California-based Internet titan said in reply to an AFP inquiry.


“We quickly investigated and are currently restoring service for everyone. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.”


Facebook has yet to pinpoint a cause, but the trouble appeared to be a technical issue.


During the outage, thousands of users complained they could not access the world’s biggest social network.


Similar to the brief June service interruption, Facebook users took to Twitter to vent or post comments, many using the hashtag #facebookdown.


“Facebook is Down?! Oh God! Now How the Hell Am I Going to Find Out How My Friends Feel About Facebook Being Down?!” one user tweeted.


Another wrote: “Facebook going down for 15 minutes is proof that today’s generation would’ve survived approximately 8 seconds in the 80s.“


A Twitter user with the handle @TheTweetofGod wrote, “#facebookdown. Please remain calm and do not attempt to interact with human beings“.


Some panicked users even called police for help, according to Twitter posts by a sergeant from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.


Calls to the sheriff’s office came in on both the emergency and non-emergency numbers, the sergeant said.


“#Facebook is not a Law Enforcement issue, please don’t call us about it being down,” he urged in a post fired off from the @LASDBrink account.



Winners in main categories of 56th Grammy Awards

LOS ANGELES: Here are the winners in the main categories at the 56th annual Grammy Awards, which were handed out in Los Angeles on Sunday

Record of the Year (for performers): – “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk, featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers

Album of the Year: – “Random Access Memories” by Daft Punk

Song of the Year (for songwriters): – “Royals” by Lorde and Joel Little

Best New Artist: – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Pop Solo Performance: – “Royals” by Lorde

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: – “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk, featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers

Best Pop Vocal Album: – “Unorthodox Jukebox” by Bruno Mars

Best Dance/Electronica Album: – “Random Access Memories” by Daft Punk

Best Rock Album: – “Celebration Day” by Led Zeppelin

Best Rap Album: – “The Heist” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Country Album – “Same Trailer Different Park” by Kacey Musgraves

A Year in Pakistan Search Google’s Top Searches of 2013

KARACHI: Google announced its annual Year End Zeitgeist, a look at 2013 through the collective eyes of the world on the web, offering a unique perspective on the year’s major events and hottest trends based on searches conducted in Pakistan.

This year’s trending searches show growing interest in sports, Bollywood movies, news, elections and Turkish dramas. On the other hand, the top people search indicates that Pakistanis follow a variety of local and international personalities where the top 3 people searched for were Paul Walker, Jiah Khan and Nelson Mandela.

Following sports online remained Pakistan’s top trending search and reflects the love for cricket as well as other sports among Pakistanis. Aashiqui 2, a Bollywood blockbuster earned the second top search spot with the movie’s songs being a massive hit among the Pakistani youth. Chennai Express bagged the third top search position and again reflects the strong inclination towards Bollywood movies in Pakistan. Bigg Boss 7, an Indian reality show hosted by popular Bollywood star Salman Khan, and Dunya News, a local news channel rounded up the top five search trends in Pakistan this year.

In people search, the latest international events and happenings dictated the top searched for people in Pakistan in the year 2013. The untimely death of the young actor of Fast & Furious acclaim, Paul Walker who lost his life in a tragic car accident became the most searched for personality. Followed by Jiah Khan, a Bollywood actress that committed suicide a few months ago and the death of the world renowned humanitarian, Nelson Mandela made him the third most searched for person on Google. Overall, the top 10 people search in Pakistan in 2013 reflects the fan following of both celebrities and politicians in Pakistan.

Trending Searches for 2013

1. PTV Sports Live
2. Aashiqui 2
3. Chennai Express
4. Bigg Boss 7
5. Dunya News
6. Zindagi Gulzar Hai
7. Jang newspaper
8. ECP
9. Krrish 3
10. Mera Sultan

Trending People for 2013

1. Paul Walker
2. Jiah Khan
3. Nelson Mandela
4. Maryam Nawaz
5. Shradda Kapoor
6. Imran Khan
7. Altaf Hussain
8. Alia Bhatt
9. Sara Bharwana
10. Suraj Pancholi

In addition to showcasing what people were curious about in Pakistan, Google also offers insights into which topics captured the world’s attention in 2013 through its Zeitgeist tool. Top search terms from over fifty countries appear on Google Zeitgeist webpage, — from most-searched travel destinations in Brazil, to trending Australian celebrities, to most-searched Egyptian Olympians, to top tech gadgets in Japan and everything in between.

Top 10 Global Trending Queries for 2013

1. Nelson Mandela
2. Paul Walker
3. iPhone 5s
4. Cory Monteith
5. Harlem Shake
6. Boston Marathon
7. Royal Baby
8. Samsung Galaxy S4
9. PlayStation 4
10. North Korea

Bob Marley

  • Name: Bob Marley
  • Born: February 6, 1945 (Aquarius)
  • Birthplace: Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica
  • Occupation: Musician, singer, songwriter
  • Band: Bob Marley & the Wailers (lead singer)
  • Biggest Hits: One Love, Buffalo Soldier, Is this Love, No Woman No Cry, Get up Stand Up
  • Random Fact: Bob loved to play soccer.
  • Died: May 11, 1981 (aged 36)


    “Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”

Queen meets Britain’s royal baby for first time

LONDON,: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit Wednesday to Prince William and his wife Kate’s newborn son, her great-grandson who is third in line to her throne.

William and Kate were spending their first day at home at Kensington Palace with the unnamed baby boy, after showing him off to the world’s media outside their London hospital on Tuesday.

The 87-year-old monarch was seen arriving in a green Bentley after making the short trip from Buckingham Palace.

She had not visited the family in hospital and Wednesday’s visit to Kensington Palace marked her first meeting with her new heir, who is her third great-grandchild.

The queen had told a guest at a Buckingham Palace reception on Tuesday that she was “thrilled” about the latest addition to the royal family.

She had joked last week that she was impatient for Kate to give birth because she was due to head off on holiday.

“I would very much like it to arrive. I’m going on holiday soon,” she said.

The queen traditionally spends her summer holidays on her private Balmoral estate in Scotland.

The baby is third in line to inherit her throne, after her son Prince Charles and his son William.

There have not been three direct living heirs to the British throne since 1894.

Prince William’s wife Kate Middleton in labor

LONDON: Prince William’s wife, Kate, has been admitted to the hospital in the early stages of labor, palace officials said Monday.

Royal officials said that Kate travelled by car to St. Mary’s Hospital in central London with Prince William. Kate, also known as the Duchess of Cambridge, is expected to give birth in the private Lindo Wing of the hospital, where Princess Diana gave birth to William and his younger brother, Prince Harry. She will be looked after by a top-notch medical team led by royal gynecologist Dr. Marcus Setchell.

The baby will be third in line for the British throne, and should eventually succeed grandfather Charles and father William as king or queen of Britain and 15 other countries including Canada and Australia. But little else is known about the eagerly awaited royal baby, from how it will arrive to its gender or its name.

Kate, formally known as the Duchess of Cambridge, is expected to deliver in the private Lindo Wing of the hospital, where Princess Diana gave birth to William and his younger brother, Prince Harry. It is not clear if she will have a natural birth or deliver by a planned cesarean section.

Royal watchers must wait to be told of the baby’s arrival from the palace, which is planning to reveal the news through a mixture of tradition and social media.

Palace officials have said that the first hint will come when a royal aide emerges from the hospital with a signed bulletin carrying the Buckingham Palace letterhead. The bulletin will be given to an official who will be driven to Buckingham Palace, where it will be posted on an easel in public view in front of the building. At the same time the bulletin is posted, there will be an official announcement on Twitter and the media will be formally notified. The document will give the baby’s gender, weight and time of birth.

It could be some time before the baby’s name is made public. When William was born, a week passed before his name was announced. Charles’s name remained a mystery for an entire month. But it is the baby’s gender that is of particular interest because the prospect of Kate’s pregnancy prompted a change to laws of succession to ensure a daughter would not be passed over for the crown by a younger brother. Boy or girl, the child will be third in line to the throne and the prospective future monarch.

The birth of a new heir to the throne has been breathlessly anticipated since William and Kate wed on April 29, 2011, in a lavish ceremony at Westminster Abbey. When news of a royal pregnancy was announced, there was rejoicing in many households in Britain and throughout the world. Despite a rough start to the pregnancy, when she was hospitalized for acute morning sickness, the 31-year-old Kate made a number of public appearances that were halted only near the end of her term.

Since the duchess has cut back on her royal duties, media outlets have been clamoring for position outside of the hospital in anticipation of the birth, jockeying to secure the best vantage point for filming William and Kate emerging, babe in arms. Officials have said that William plans to take two weeks’ paternity leave and then return to his military duties as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot in Wales. His tour of duty is scheduled to wrap up around September, and he and Kate are expected to move from their isolated cottage on the island of Anglesey off the coast of Wales to Kensington Palace in central London.

But major refurbishment works at the palace likely won’t be finished until at least a month or two after the infant is born, meaning that William and Kate will most likely have to make do with their current temporary home in London, a two-bedroom property at the palace. Come autumn, however, the family will be able to move into their permanent London home, Apartment 1a at Kensington Palace, a four-story house with a nursery, 20 rooms and a private garden.

Rebel who inspired the world

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!” — Bob Marley

He was no rebel without a cause. His words continue to inspire till today. His songs, though written at a time when impoverishment and corruption reigned strong, have stood the test of time.

Bob Marley prophesised freedom of thought. And those who truly know his words found their soul.

And embarking where Marley once lived and wrote songs must give goosebumps to anyone, let alone an Indian journalist travelling to the Caribbean for cricket. In Jamaica, Marley is remembered in many ways — Reggae legend, Rastafarian, unifying force, preacher of ‘One Love’ and friend of the poor. But as the nation remembered him on International Reggae Day, the rebel inside Marley tops other memory.

“My music will go on forever. Maybe it’s a fool say that, but when me know facts me can say facts. My music will go on forever.” — Bob Marley

His immortal words, ‘get up, stand up: stand up for your rights’, still inspires those trying to battle life’s endless struggles. Born a ‘half-caste’ to a British father and Jamaican mother, Marley once ignored an assassination threat for the sake of ticket-holding fans. Tells you just why he’s such an inspiration.

A visit to the Bob Marley museum on 56 Hope Road is a pilgrimage. A $20 guided tour through the two-storied house that lasts an hour, including a small documentary, casts light on his journey and the awards he won. The guides on the tour suddenly break into a song and ask visitors to sing along.

But his music wasn’t just about songs. “Bob was on a mission to spread his message. And music was the best medium through which he could do it,” Colin Leslie, the accountant of Marley’s Tuff Gong international studios.

“Me only have one ambition, y’know. I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like to see mankind live together – black, white, Chinese, everyone – that’s all.” — Bob marley

As a manager of his first company, Leslie had seen Marley from the days he had just started attaining fame. “He was meticulous and a perfectionist when it came to his music. His percussionists would be tired after long rehearsals but Bob wouldn’t give up till he perfected the tune,” said Leslie, 61.

There goes a story of a mango tree in Marley’s house under which he used to smoke ganja and play on his bongo. It incensed his neighbours but Marley decided to poke fun at them by composing ‘I wanna disturb my neighbours’.

The greatest urban legend however is the story of how Marley might have got a lesion due to an injury in a football game in 1977 that ultimately led to cancer and his death. Having amputated his toe could have saved him but he refused, citing religious beliefs.

Leslie however feels that his sudden death only propelled Marley’s fame. “I hear there are temples in Nepal where Bob is worshipped.”