The Fail Whale, Twitter’s error message, was designed by Yiying Lu of Sydney, Australia. She had originally designed it for a birthday card. Later, the illustration was put on iStockPhoto, from where it was picked up by the microblogging web site.
Fail Whale has 8 small orange birds lifting a Beluga whale on a net.
Xbox, Microsoft's gaming console, was originally named DirectX Box, a nod to their DirectX graphics technology. This was shortened to just 'Xbox', which didn't sound right legally! However, it won over 'Midway', 'WEP' (Windows Entertainment Project), 'VERY', 'MARZ' and other suggested names. [more...]