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The rolling power blackouts exacerbated by record high temperatures in Northern California continue to affect key internet businesses, including The Register.

Yahoo! overnight reported that services including mail and instant messaging were disrupted. Yahoo! said an explosion in a generating electric company facility underneath hosting service Exodus was to blame for the downtime.

The peninsular saw its first power cuts since March as temperatures reached a seasonal record of 93 degrees in downtown San Francisco.

Air conditioning was largely to blame for depleting the regions meager power reserves. But the San Francisco Chronicle reports that sacrifices were being made:- "'I hung my clothes on the line today," said Lisa Kelley of Walnut Creek.'", records the paper.

Being made of sturdier stuff, The Register (which locates its servers in more technologically developed parts of the world) suffered no outages, although power was cut to the sprawling Vulture West campus at 4pm PT.

Well, that's our battery almost flat, and it's a lovely day, so off we go to the park. ®

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