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Bug in software used by 130 airlines creates check-in chaos

A "network issue" caused worldwide flight delays on Thursday as a passenger management system used by dozens of airlines went offline. A technical problem with the software forced crowded airports to issue manual boarding passes, creating long queues.

Interview: Businesses need to troubleshoot for network failures Special

Many enterprise networks are vulnerable due to their evolutionary nature, which leads to outages, vulnerabilities and other network disruptions. Companies like Veriflow. have solutions for businesses. To find out how, we spoke with Dr. Brighten Godfrey.

WhatsApp faces worldwide outage due to an 'issue'

WhatsApp suffered a major outage for several hours yesterday evening. The app, used by 1.2 billion worldwide, stopped sending and receiving messages. It came as the company announced its Snapchat clone Status has seen strong growth since its launch.

Australians given free mobile data for one day only, use 1,841 TB

Customers of Australian telecoms company Telstra had a "free web" day yesterday as an apology from the firm for a major network outage earlier in the week. Its users were predictably quick to take advantage of the offer, consuming over 1,800 terabytes.

Twitter goes down affecting millions of users around the world

Shock and disappointment to millions: Twitter went down this morning and people across the globe are up in arms. The site is not accessible through desktop or mobile services.

Lizard Squad claims responsibility for Black Friday PSN outage

Hacker group Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for a major service outage on Sony's PlayStation Network for hours on Black Friday. Gamers found they couldn't login or play online, adding another attack to the list of Lizard Squad's claimed actions.

650,000 Chinese smartphones behind massive web server outage

It has been discovered that a massive DDoS attack that took out a web server was fuelled by spam requests originating from the combined might of 650,000 Chinese smartphones. The server was forced offline by the massive overload.

Permanent data loss at Google as lightning strikes four times

Energy-charged atmospheric clouds destroyed a tiny slice of Google's energy-charged digital cloud last Thursday as a data centre in Belgium was struck by lightning four times, wiping disks of data into a state that makes them non-recoverable.

iMessage experiences severe widespread outage, no known cause

Apple's iMessage service has been experiencing widespread service issues this morning, according to numerous frustrated reports from users on social media sites. There has been no official acknowledgement but the outage is now trending on Twitter.

70% of people 'have no confidence in passwords'

A study has found that over 70 percent of ordinary Internet users believe that passwords are an inadequate and ineffective method of protecting personal details online. It also found that many are suffering from a chronic case of "password fatigue."

China blames foreign malware for Internet outage

China has blamed malware originating from "overseas servers" for causing a widespread Internet outage in the country last weekend. The unusual attack resulted in several users being redirected to one of two websites when browsing online.

Problem solved -- Starbucks stores reopen in U.S. and Canada

Seattle - More than 8,000 Starbucks cafes in the U.S. and Canada reopened Saturday after being shut down the day before because of a computer failure.

Major power outage sweeps Washington region

Washington - A power outage swept the Washington area, hitting the White House, the Capitol and the State Department and knocking out electricity for thousands around the US capital.

Gmail recovers from Easter outages affecting 'majority' of users

An issue with security certificates meant that Gmail was unusable for many over the Easter weekend. People were confronted with a slew of error messages and safety warnings as Google's SSL certificate for the service expired without being renewed.

Twitter crashes second time in nine days, blames software glitch

Twitter Inc crashed on Tuesday for the second time in nine days when a software glitch stalled the popular messaging service for about one hour.

Shell says Ho-Ho pipeline shut after leak in Texas

Royal Dutch Shell <RDSA.L> on Friday said construction crew members punctured its Houston-to-Houma (Ho-Ho) pipeline near Port Neches, Texas, on Thursday afternoon, releasing 364 barrels of crude oil.

BlackBerry suffers network outage in Canada, Asia-Pacific

BlackBerry Ltd suffered a network outage affecting some users in Canada and the Asia-Pacific region that was resolved hours later, the smartphone and technology company said on Tuesday, at a sensitive ...

Vodafone's customers experience Blackberry outages

Not the first time this has happened, but certainly won't be the last. Vodafone is experiencing a problem similar to the one back in 2012. Luckily, RIM is here to help.

Thousands without power in UK

Thousands of businesses and thousands of homes in England are without electricity due to gales and ice knocking down power lines.

Netflix back online after service disruption

Netflix, the popular online movie streaming service, is back online Monday after service was disrupted over the weekend due to a site outage.

Japan Imperial Family turns off house lights; chats with refugees

Japan's Emperor and Empress turned off the lights and heat for voluntary palace power outages in support of citizens experiencing rolling blackouts. The Emperor and Empress also visited evacuees in Tokyo.

Thousands of Gmail users find emails missing

A Google Mail bug has led to thousands of users losing their emails, folders, apps, contact details and other information after their accounts were reset. Different reports says that 120,000 to 150,000 users were affected.

Power outage strikes Toronto downtown core Special 

Parts of Toronto's downtown core fell into darkness after a widespread power outage hit the city around noon. Toronto Hydro says a failed cable was the cause of the outage.

Google Explains Recent Gmail Outage

Google 'Reliability Czar' Ben Treynor explains why Gmail failed, how it was fixed and what can be done to prevent this from happening again.

Gmail Down in Massive Service Outage

Google's 'Gmail' web email service disappeared from the web earlier today in what seemed to be a massive and unexpected service failure.

Power restored after major black-out in Sydney

A massive power outage in central Sydney took place today, leaving large areas of the city without electricity. Power has now been restored.

Gmail suffers second outage in a week

Google's Gmail users were unable to login to their account for several hours on Friday as they were getting an error while trying to login. It was the second failure in a week's time.

E-mail outage strikes BlackBerrys

A software glitch shut down e-mail service for some BlackBerry users on Friday, and delays were still being felt many hours after the problem was fixed. They said no e-mails were lost in the shutdown

Windows Users Caused Skype Outage

Skype finally explained today the reason for the 36 hour outage of its popular peer to peer VOIP service last week. Skype blames the outage squarely on users of Windows, who rebooted their computers after a Windows new Patch release.

Your Blackberry Isn't Working

WNBC is reporting a major Blackberry outage that affects 100% of the Blackberries in the US.
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POWER FAILURE: The massive power outage that disabled computers and stranded thousands of Delta Air ...
POWER FAILURE: The massive power outage that disabled computers and stranded thousands of Delta Air Lines passengers this week is said to have started here, at company headquarters in Atlanta.
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