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Tumblr user numbers in massive freefall

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Over a year ago, Yahoo purchased the blog host Tumblr for $1.1 billion. Today their investment is not looking so good. Rather than seeing growth, in the past six months Tumblr had lost over 7 million users.

Back in December, Tumblr boasted 49 million regular users. As of yesterday, consumer reports showed only 42 million. That's a 15 percent drop in traffic, presenting a problem for Yahoo, which has been trying to attract advertisers for the blogging service in order to monetize it.

When Yahoo first made the purchase, they stated that they would not make changes, and true to their word, Tumblr has remained more or less the same as it has been for years. No overhead policy change can really explain the loss of users (and consequently revenue.)

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Paramore Cancelled Salt Lake City Gig

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Concerts / Tours, Pop, Rock,

ParamoreParamore cancelled a gig on Monday to give Hayley Williams time to recover from a virus.

The "Now" rockers - Hayley, Jeremy Davis and Taylor York- called off their performance in Salt Lake City, Utah, to allow the frontwoman to regain good health after being struck with a sore throat last Tuesday and then food poisoning.

Hayley took to her Tumblr to offer her sincere apologies to the groups' fans and give her account of the vicious virus. "This started last week when we were meant to play [talk show] Conan. And I woke up feeling really sick. I thought it was just a sore throat but didn't want to risk not being well for our own shows, so we cancelled. I stayed in and got some food and, of course, caught food poisoning from it... Because, why not? Not to get all graphic on you but it was a lot like that scene in The Exorcist where she projectile pukes green and it's really violent. That ended up burning my throat which made it sore all over again. Then to make matters worse I woke up a couple of days later having gotten some sort of virus, which is what I'm still dealing with now. Clearly, it has not been my week," she wrote.

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Spotify update 0.8.3 brings radio stations, search improvements, and more

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, PC / Laptop, Software,

Spotify 0.8.3

Spotify has released a new update to its Mac and PC desktop clients, version 0.8.3, that brings with it some hotly anticipated features. Finally, you can now create a radio station on the fly based on playlists and albums simply by clicking on Start Playlist Radio or Start Artist Radio. Embedding is now easier, as the software is happy to give you the HTML needed to let you integrate content into your blog posts, as well as direct Tumblr support. Last, search has been given an overhaul, bringing your results into the main view with the hover of a mouse. The update is rolling out as we speak.


Coco Rocha’s Photoshop Fury

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Editorials, Models,

Coco RochaCoco Rocha has hit out after a magazine allegedly Photoshopped images of her.

The stunning model appears on the front cover of Elle Brazil in a plunging skin-tight dress, which reveals lots of skin and cleavage. However, Coco claims she was wearing a body suit under the dress to protect her modesty but it had been edited out and took to her Tumblr account to speak of her upset.

"As a high fashion model I have long had a policy of no nudity or partial nudity in my photo shoots. For my recent Elle Brazil cover shoot I wore a body suit under a sheer dress which I now find was photoshopped out to give the impression of me showing much more skin than I was, or am comfortable with.
''This was specifically against my expressed verbal and written direction to the entire team that they not do so. I'm extremely disappointed that my wishes and contract was ignored. I strongly believe every model has a right to set rules for how she is portrayed and for me these rules were clearly circumvented."

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Beyonce Knowles Shows Off Blue Ivy Carter

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Celebrity Babies, Photos,

Beyonce with daughter Ivy Blue Carter

Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z have shared the first pictures of their daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. The superstar couple - who welcomed their first child into the world on January 7 - unveiled a set of intimate family shots on social networking site Tumblr, which show a beaming Beyonce tenderly cradling the tot in her arms and the rapper comforting his adorable daughter as she sleeps.

"We welcome you to share our joy. 'Thank you for respecting our privacy during this beautiful time in our lives," the couple wrote in an accompanying message.

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Tumblr experiences server breach due to human error

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Blogging, Corporate News, News,

tumblr server breach

Tumblr is facing some security issues, according to a post on the staff blog.

"A human error caused some sensitive server configuration information to be exposed this morning," read the blog post. "Our technicians took immediate measures to protect from any issues that may come as a result."

Tumblr said that it's unlikely users' personal information was compromised, but that independent auditors will be consulted to confirm this.

"We're certain that none of your personal information (passwords, etc.) was exposed, and your blog is backed up and safe as always. This was an embarrassing error, but something we were prepared for," Tumblr continued.

The company didn't give many concrete details as to what the breach actually effected and said that even though sensitive information was not compromised, "the fact that [this problem] occurred at all is still unacceptable." Tumblr pledged that its team is "seriously evaluating and adjusting our processes to ensure an error like this can never happen again."

Comments on the blog post didn't suggest that users were particularly upset by the security issue. One user said "you guys need a better coding staff." Another user applauded Tumblr's speedy response: "Deal with these things. Good job Tumblr."

Reps from Tumblr did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the problem.

In December, Tumblr suffered from an outage that it blamed on a maintenance error. After the site was restored, Tumblr admitted that it has struggled to keep up with the site's growth. The site now averages more than 500 million monthly page views.

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Most reliable blogging services of 2010

Posted by Patrick Lambert Categories: Blogging, Business Tools,

When someone picks a blogging service, what often determines which one they'll pick may be the price or features. However, reliability is often forgotten, despite the fact that if your site goes down, nothing else really matters. Pingdom, an Internet monitoring company, published a study they did of some of the most popular blogging platforms on the Internet. The study was conducted over 2 months, and covered the services from Tumblr, Wordpress, Typepad, Blogger and Posterous. They used in-house software to monitor uptime, and check the availability of certain services. Overall, they found that during the period tested, Tumblr was by far the most unreliable, with Blogger being the winner at basically no downtime whatsoever. Check out the report for full details.

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