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Some Google Calendar users not seeing their data, Google is working on a fix

Today some Google Calendar users have been suffering from missing data in their calendars. They have been able to access Google Calendar just fine, but found that some or all of their calendar data, such as appointments and tasks, was simply missing. The Next Web has seen many such reports during the day, even if the number of people affected is still small compared to the total number of Google...

Hotmail missing email problem was caused by automated test malfunction

Recently, several thousand users began reporting a problem with their Hotmail inboxes. Messages -- and sometimes entire folders -- had vanished from their Inboxes. Microsoft managed to restore everything in five days, but what exactly went wrong? And what -- if anything -- were they doing to make sure something like this didn't happen again? The Hotmail team has since posted an explanation. As...

Skype outage caused by server overload, bug in Windows client

Now that Skype has recovered from the serious worldwide outage on December 22nd, CIO Lars Rabbe has blogged about what went wrong behind the scenes. The problem began when a group servers that handle Skype's offline instant messaging became overloaded, in turn causing some Skype clients to receive delayed responses and crash. The bug only affected users of version 5.0.0.152 on Windows --...

Skype slowly beginning to recover from massive outage

If you were lost without your Skype connection yesterday, the company's official blog has some heartening news for you this morning. Skype's engineers have been working hard to re-build the network of supernodes -- which had failed due to a software bug -- and have started seeing some encouraging signs. Users in various locations have been able to sign in again, and Skype reports that around 5...

Twitter down, reportedly hacked by "Iranian Cyber Army"

Twitter is currently suffering from an outage that is reportedly the work of the "Iranian Cyber Army." The hackers (whoever they are) defaced the site with a message reading: THIS SITE HAS BEEN HACKED BY IRANIAN CYBER ARMY iRANiAN.CYBER.ARMY@GMAIL.COM U.S.A. Think They Controlling And Managing Internet By Their Access, But THey Don't, We Control And Manage Internet By Our Power, So Do Not Try...

Google explains why Gmail went down

If you're a hardcore Gmail user, I don't need to tell you that Gmail was down yesterday. The Gmail Blog has an explanation of the outage, which officially lasted for 100 minutes. So, here's the reason you couldn't get to your Gmail yesterday, straight from the horse's mouth: apparently Google took down some servers for routine maintenance. This would have been fine, but because of some recent...

Sitemeter bug takes down thousands of web sites (for Internet Explorer users)

Thousands of web sites are currently inaccessible to Internet Explorer 5.5, 6, and 7 users thanks to a new Sitemeter bug. Sitemeter is a free web analytics service used by many popular blogs and web sites including Lifehacker, Gizmodo, and Consumerist. They all appear to be affected as of this morning. It's worth noting that the bug only affects Internet Explorer users. The web sites load just...

GrandCentral: What happens when your phone company is in beta?

Internet telephony company GrandCentral was down for several hours this morning. That wouldn't be so bad if GrandCentral's business model didn't depend on telling users to give out their GrandCentral phone numbers instead of their cellphone, work, home, and other numbers. GrandCentral, which is owned by Google, provides a single number that can ring through to each of your phones. And most of...

Skype apologizes to paying customers with contract extensions

Like any corporation recovering from a major service interruption, Skype is doing everything in its power to make sure customers don't jump ship and start using competing VoIP services. For two days last week, millions of Skype users were unable to connect. For some folks, this just meant you had to switch to a different chat program or pick up the cellphone to call your friends long distance....

Skype releases details on outage

Disruptions and unstableness aside, and hopefully never returning, Skype has released details as to what caused the massive outage on August 16 that some experienced for two days. The peer to peer network has issued a statement as to what went down. It seems that an abnormally high number of restarts after standard software updates affected resources, this caused the network to suffer and become...

Skype: we're back to normal

After about two days of problems, Skype is back to normal. Skype's Villu Arak promises to post a more detailed explanation of exactly what went wrong and how it was fixed on Skype's blog Monday. Incidentally, as Skype Journal points out, there's a new Skype build available for download, although the update has nothing to do with the outage and just offers a few bug fixes. The outage has raised an...

Skype dispels outage rumors, still restoring service

We got Skype to connect this morning. And then it went out on us again. Not everyone's been this lucky. More than a day after Skype's network outage began, the VoIP provider is still struggling to get users back online. Yesterday there were a lot of rumors floating around as to what had caused the outage. It could have been a Microsoft Update. But it turns out that not everyone affected had...

Skype crashes due to network "software issue"

If you're having trouble logging into Skype today, you're not alone. According to an official blog post, the engineering team has determined that there's a software issue that needs addressing, which could take 12 to 24 hours. Skype downloads have also been temporarily disabled, so today might not be the best day to upgrade your Skype client or sign up for a new account. Apparently if you're the...

del.icio.us experiences extended downtime

If you're not directly affected and haven't heard the cries of agony of the tagging geeks (such as myself), you're among the few who haven't noticed that del.icio.us is down. The social bookmarking service's datacenter experienced a power failure last Wednesday and had been running sketchily up until yesterday, when it went down for "emergency maintenance." The power failure, it turns...