December 22, 2010 at 10:36 pm #36211
WASHINGTON (AFP) Skype suffered an outage lasting several hours on Wednesday affecting millions of users of the Internet communications service.
“Our engineers and site operations team are working non-stop to get things back to normal — thanks for your continued patience,” Luxembourg-based Skype said in a message on its Twitter feed @Skype.
In a blog post, Skype explained that computers known as “supernodes” had been taken offline by an unspecified problem affecting some versions of Skype.
“Under normal circumstances, there are a large number of supernodes available,” Skype said. “Our engineers are creating new ‘mega-supernodes’ as fast as they can, which should gradually return things to normal.
“This may take a few hours, and we sincerely apologise for the disruption to your conversations,” Skype said. “Some features, like group video calling, may take longer to return to normal.”
Skype, which was founded in 2003, bypasses the standard telephone network by channeling voice, video and text conversations over the Internet.
The company announced plans in August to raise up to 100 million dollars in shares by listing on the Nasdaq stock exchange.
The service has millions of users around the world and many took to Twitter to complain about the outage in a variety of languages.
“Holy crap. end of the world… #skype is down,” wrote Rafael Otero on his Twitter feed @rotero.
“Ugh. #skype went down when I was in the middle of a call,” said Carly-Anne Fairlie on @carlyannedotcom.
Technology blogger Om Malik, writing on his blog GigaOm.com, said the outage was a serious issue for a company that is “starting to ask larger corporations for their business.”
“If I am a big business, I would be extremely cautious about adopting Skype for business, especially in the light of this current outage,” Malik said, adding that Skype “needs to ensure that it doesn’t go down. Even for a few minutes.”December 26, 2010 at 4:29 pm #36212December 28, 2010 at 5:19 pm #36214December 30, 2010 at 11:57 am #36216December 31, 2010 at 4:27 am #36218
SINGER Bobby Farrell, of the 1970s European chart-topping group Boney M, has been found dead in his hotel bed while on tour in Russia. He was 61.
Farrell performed as scheduled in St Petersburg on Wednesday night, but complained of breathing problems before and after his show, said the agent, John Seine. He had been due to fly to Rome yesterday for a television show.
Seine said the cause of death was not known, but Farrell had suffered health problems off-and-on for 10 years. He said he was found dead by hotel staff yesterday after he failed to respond to a wake-up call.
Farrell, who lived in Amsterdam, was more a dancer and showman than singer when he headlined Boney M in the 1970s.
The group, based in Germany, broke into the charts in 1978 with Daddy Cool. That year, their version of By the Rivers of Babylon sold nearly 2 million records in Britain alone, keeping it No.1 for five weeks.
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