Feeds

Yahoo! hit! by! hour-long! downtime! blues!

Purple portal lost will to live amid takeover gossip

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Yahoo.com went titsup for about an hour yesterday afternoon, but the company hasn't explained what went wrong yet.

“For a brief period this afternoon, Yahoo.com was inaccessible to some users. We have identified the issue and are working to correct it immediately. We know that this may have caused some inconvenience and we apologise to our users who might have been affected,” said Yahoo!'s top flack Kryssa Guntrum in a statement.

According to reports Yahoo.com, which claims to be "the world's most visited homepage" had a little lie-down at around 2:15pm (US Pacific day time) yesterday.

Users across the world grumbled that the website failed to load, and instead carried a static "Connection Timed Out" message.

Only the main portal and search engine were affected by the downtime. Users said they could still gain slow access to other parts of the Yahoo! online estate, including mail, games and the firm's popular answers page.

Last week the Carol Bartz-headed web company tweaked its search engine, which is in the process of switching over to Microsoft's Bing technology.

Yahoo! is trying to reposition itself as a place for users to go and get the best "experience" out of search, basically by prettifying how results are presented via the portal.

It's possible that last week's interface overhaul could have suffered a few teething problems yesterday.

The timing of Yahoo!'s little lie-down was unfortunate, given all the chatter on the interwebulator about the company being circled by AOL, News Corp. and various private equity outfits, all of whom have mulled the possibility of a merger or buyout of the purple portal. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV
Pureed-carrot-in-ice cream C++ surprise
China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain
Told to cough up more details as antitrust probe goes deeper
Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit
And at the back of the field, Windows 8.1 is sprinting away from Windows 8
Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup
Would you leave your well-paid job to chase your dream?
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?