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Never mind Azure: They BROKE Twitter!

Twitter has been experiencing service wobbles for approximately half an hour, booting millions of users off the hyperactive short-form social network. The outage appears to be ongoing. An update to the Twitter Status page at 4.45pm UK time, 11:45am New York time read: Users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter. Our …
Anna Leach, 26 Jul 2012

Microsoft Azure goes titsup across Western Europe

Microsoft Azure is having an up-and-down kind of day as the cloud platform struggles to get any work done. The services' dashboard reported that hosted services in Western Europe were hit, and said that Microsoft was "actively investigating the issue" at 12.09 BST. Two hours later, the status page said the firm was still …
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Mail Online is broken

Updated The website of the Mail Online – the most read online newspaper in the world - appears to have broken this morning with users finding it impossible to get past the homepage. All page links have been reset to direct to the home page: Clicking on a story from the homepage only results …
Team Register, 15 Nov 2011
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Twitter promises to stay up for World Cup

Twitter admits it has had its worst month since last October for downtime but promises it will do its best to stay up and running for World Cup games. The micro-blog monster explained in a blog post that tweaking its system to fix problems created by a planned upgrade had uncovered deeper problems. It is working on long-term …
John Oates, 16 Jun 2010
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Twitter topples over

A failed upgrade left the world Twitter-less for several hours last night. The service has now been restored, although users might be getting messages in a mixed-up order for an hour or two. A message on Twitter's blog blamed the failure on "the failed enhancement of a new approach to timeline caching". An update at 11.51pm …
John Oates, 15 Jun 2010
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Tax department targets IT downtime

HM Revenue and Customs is stepping up efforts to cut the down time of its IT systems. The department's latest performance report says that improvements in IT availability this year should provide 32,000 extra business hours. The figure is based on a predicted improvement of 2% on the hours lost due to IT not working in 2008- …
Kable, 11 Jan 2010

Barclays computers suffer Monday morning meltdown

Barclays online banking suffered intermittent service for about an hour this morning. The issue also hit some other systems at the bank. We received several emails from readers unable to log in to their accounts and one unable to make a purchase using their Barclays business debit card. The business banking contact number was …
John Oates, 26 Oct 2009
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Google News stumbles again

Google's news aggregation and search site had another little lie down yesterday, for the second time this week. On Monday afternoon the news page was briefly unavailable from the UK and it went down for another 15 minutes yesterday. Google UK did not comment on Monday's problems. But Computerworld had more luck - Google said …
John Oates, 20 May 2009
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Google's cloud bursts yet again

Google has admitted that some Gmail users cannot currently access their email just weeks after the company suffered a major outage following a technical cockup at one of its European data centres. It confirmed that a “small subset of users” have been affected by the latest downtime, but didn’t provide a definitive number and …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Mar 2009

Google says sorry as Gmail plummets out of the cloud

Google yesterday apologised to Gmail users whose email was out of action for more than a day. The world’s largest ad broker confirmed in a Google Apps discussion forum late Thursday it was restoring the service for a “small number” of peeps affected by the outage. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t reveal how many people were unable …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Oct 2008
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Hospital staff use paper to wipe up NHS IT mess

An internal report on the introduction of patient care records at the Royal Free Hampstead reveals serious problems with the project, and no current date for solving them. Hampstead was one of the first hospitals to switch on the new system, which is being rolled out across the country. But the Lessons Learnt from the Royal …
John Oates, 6 Oct 2008
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BT's Mayfair exchange downed by burglary

Pictures BT's Mayfair exchange was burgled last night, leaving thousands of homes and businesses in central London without internet access this morning. The raid cleaned out routers, networking cards and fibre at about 9pm on Wednesday, Reg sources said. According to data at Samknows, the exchange serves about 3,000 residential …
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Claranet blames data centre for downtime

Claranet has blamed data centre Global Switch for a power failure early this morning which brought down many of its customers' websites. The problem was caused by a power failure at Global Switch 2 in London - its purpose-built data centre which claims two independent power supplies. The company boasts that it's Europe's …
John Oates, 4 Aug 2008
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Google's Blogger brands users as spammers

Google-owned Blogger has apologised for wrongly locking user accounts for being suspected spammers. The mistake, caused by a bug in data processing code, was uncovered on Friday and by Saturday the company said it had restored access to all accounts wrongly identified as spammers. The bug mistakenly identified blogs as …
John Oates, 4 Aug 2008
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3 pre-pay database server has a Sunday snooze

Engineers at 3 are busy rebuilding the firm's pay-as-you-go top-up database after the server carrying it fell over on Sunday. Customers were left unable to add new credit for several hours, either over the phone, online or in 3 stores. A 3 spokesman said today that it took action to ensure that pay-as-you-go users were able to …
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What's wrong with LINX?

Updated Last night there was another outage at the London Internet Exchange (LINX) - the second, and longest, time it has gone down in the last month. The problem began at 18.35 last night and lasted for about an hour. The normally reliable exchange point blamed the last outage on problems with a line card. The exchange also had …
John Oates, 28 May 2008
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Breathe blows off Biscit deal

Breathe’s rescue of Biscit Internet is off, the would-be rescuer announced this afternoon. Breathe Networks stepped in last week with an offer to buy up the customer base of Biscit, just days after the London-based ISP slipped into administration. Last Friday Breathe said it hoped to ensure a “smooth migration with no downtime …
Joe Fay, 13 Mar 2007

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