Was this announced? Was a reason given? Just too much to support I assume–you mess with folks’ text messages and they tend to get cranky. Although I was never in love with the Anywhere UI on my phone compared to the default Messages app, The ability to text from my laptop was H U G E.
I sure hope there wasn’t some big data abuse discovery–like mining our text messages for advertisers! #trust
As @southpaw did, I also tried everything I could think of. When I saw the “reset data” option in the menu, and clicking it warned me it would delete all my text data off my computer, I thought, “Yes! This will do the trick! I can start over with text data–I don’t need the history on my computer.” …but sadly no-go.
As @jben suggests, surely it is some kind of data corruption. The fact that @southpaw sees the issue displayed the same way on multiple computers, and the fact that resetting the data on the computer and even re-installing does not resolve the issue, we have to assume this is a server-side data corruption issue. As a software developer, when I think of data corruption, I’m thinking the issue is within the stored data–so rebooting services would not resolve it (most likely).
@southpaw, you have been brave to continue using the app despite this issue. For me, if I can’t trust the app to simply match up avatars correctly, I can’t (shouldn’t) trust it to send my messages to the correct people.