Glitch Sends Weird Text Messages To Phones Nationwide

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One reader, Debra Achatz, told HuffPost in an email that she received a text from her husband of 50 years that simply read, “Dakota.” He died in June.

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The problem appeared to affect a wide range of networks as well as multiple brands of phones




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According to Arthur C. Clarke, this is the birth cry of the Network becoming self-aware, like when a newborn starts crying for the first time. It will become more coherent as the network grows up, like by Saturday.
In its self awareness it expressed the single word, Dakota. Hmm.
 
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One reader, Debra Achatz, told HuffPost in an email that she received a text from her husband of 50 years that simply read, “Dakota.” He died in June.
....for reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with me, just saying!
 

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Joking aside though, I love ghost-story-like tech weirdness like this.
 
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According to Arthur C. Clarke, this is the birth cry of the Network becoming self-aware, like when a newborn starts crying for the first time. It will become more coherent as the network grows up, like by Saturday.
Awesome.

 

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The mysterious emerging Internet AI is not at fault this time.

Did you get a Valentine's Day text message on November 7? If so, you can blame a company called Syniverse, which provides text-messaging services to major mobile carriers.

Syniverse helps deliver text messages via its intercarrier messaging service and boasts that it is "Connected to more than 300 operators" and processes 600 billion messages per month.

Syniverse says it delivers 99.8% of messages within one second. But a server failure caused many messages—exactly 168,149, according to The Washington Post—to be delivered nearly nine months late. (Update: Syniverse later acknowledged that the actual number of late messages was higher, but isn't saying exactly how many there were. See the update later in this article for more.)