WhatsApp appears to be down around the world and that means that over a billion users are currently unable to use what is often their primary communication service.
According to several reports, Microsoft’s online services have been suffering through some pretty major outages this afternoon. Xbox Live, OneDrive, Outlook, Skype, Azure, and the Windows Store have all had issues letting users log into accounts.
Skype has been working to get its service back up and running for many users since about 4 AM Eastern Time.
No, it's not just you; it looks like some of Microsoft's services are down right now. That includes Outlook, Hotmail, and Bing.
AT&T is currently experiencing a nationwide blackout in U-verse service. The company says the outage is "due to a power-related issue triggered by a third-party at our video hub." [Mashable]
Microsoft's Outlook.com email service suffered a massive 16-hour outage yesterday, which saw users unable to access parts of SkyDrive, Hotmail, and Outlook, too. Microsoft has revealed that it was a result of a mischievous firmware upgrade—which caused "a rapid and substantial temperature spike in the datacenter".
That Gmail outage on Monday—affecting 40% of users for 18 minutes—was the result of a software update gone wrong.
BlackBerry email service is down in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. RIM is "working to resolve the issue". [Sky News]
Wikipedia went down for a couple of hours yesterday. The reason? Some dumb ass managed to sever the fiber cables connecting the site's servers in Florida.
If you're with Verizon and having trouble getting online from your phone this morning, you're not alone. The Verizon Community is awash with customers who are struggling to get a data connection.
That BlackBerry outage that disconnected millions of people from their digital worlds? RIM held a call today to reiterate how very sorry they are. And to reassure its valued customers that it has absolutely no clue why BlackBerry imploded. Nice.
With unemployment at 9.1%, many are turning to (and relying on) the government to help them out with jobs. This is great! Except when the federal jobs server goes down, erasing the hopes of 70,000 people. Oops.
A very, very brief power outage at a Toshiba factory forced the company to completely halt operations at the critical plant. This could mean as much as a 20% drop in chip shipments which could lead to product shortages everywhere.
There are reports that BlackBerry Internet Service, which is sort of a portal monitored by RIM (so it's not carrier-specific) through which BlackBerry data runs, is down worldwide. That could affect email, BlackBerry Messenger, web browsing and maps, to start.