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Microsoft confirms Outlook issues

Microsoft confirms Outlook issues

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Microsoft has confirmed that some users of its email service Outlook are unable to send email or access their accounts.Hundreds from around Europe have commented on the website Downdetector that they have been affected by the problem - many since Monday morning.One common issue seems to be that sent emails remain in the drafts folder and are not being delivered to recipients.On its website, Microsoft says the service dropped "unexpectedly" and it is working on a fix.Not all account holders are affected."Intermittent connectivity is affecting customers in some European countries, which we are working to resolve as soon as possible," said a Microsoft representative.Outlook incorporates Hotmail and Windows Live Hotmail accounts.On its service status page, Microsoft is currently saying that an...
Snapchat blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia

Snapchat blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia

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Social media platform Snapchat has blocked access to Al Jazeera content in Saudi Arabia. Snapchat said it was asked by the Saudi authorities to remove the Qatari-backed broadcaster's Discover Publisher Channel because it violated local laws.Qatar is in an ongoing dispute with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE. The four countries cut ties with Qatar earlier this year, accusing the country of supporting terrorism. Saudi Arabia has one of the world's most restrictive media environments, according to human rights groups and media freedom advocates. But the Saudi authorities have a particular dislike for Al Jazeera. At one point they had demanded Qatar's government shut it down altogether as one of 13 conditions to remove sanctions against the country.Those conditions were later withdra...
Warm waters off West Coast has lingering effects for salmon

Warm waters off West Coast has lingering effects for salmon

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The mass of warm water known as "the blob" that heated up the North Pacific Ocean has dissipated, but scientists are still seeing the lingering effects of those unusually warm sea surface temperatures on Pacific Northwest salmon and steelhead. Federal research surveys this summer caught among the lowest numbers of juvenile coho and Chinook salmon in 20 years, suggesting that many fish did not survive their first months at sea. Scientists warn that salmon fisheries may face hard times in the next few years. Fisheries managers also worry about below average runs of steelhead returning to the Columbia River now. Returns of adult steelhead that went to sea as juveniles a year ago so far rank among the lowest in 50 years. Scientists believe poor ocean conditions are likely to blame: Cold-water...
Typhoon Doksuri batters central Vietnam, killing 4

Typhoon Doksuri batters central Vietnam, killing 4

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Typhoon Doksuri slammed into central Vietnam on Friday, killing four people and injuring 10 others as heavy rains and strong winds ripped off roofs and knocked over many electricity poles. Blackouts were widespread and technicians tried to restore power. Flooding was reported in some villages. Packing maximum sustained winds of 135 kilometers (84 miles) per hour, the typhoon made landfall in Ha Tinh province, pounding six coastal districts and destroying the roofs of 62,500 houses, disaster official Ngo Duc Hoi said. In the neighboring province of Quang Binh, farther south, a man fell to his death when he tried to reinforce his house and an elderly man fell to the ground in his yard and died of head injuries, said disaster official Nguyen Duc Toan. 10 other people were injured by falling ...
Equifax data breach: Credit rating firm replaces key staff

Equifax data breach: Credit rating firm replaces key staff

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US credit report giant Equifax has replaced two senior staff after revealing last week it had suffered a massive data breach.Data on up to 143 million Americans, about 400,000 Britons and a number of Canadians may have been stolen by hackers between mid-May and July.The chief information officer and chief security officer have both stood down.Equifax faces dozens of legal claims over the breach, which the US Federal Trade Commission is investigating.Social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driving licence numbers for up to 143 million Americans were exposed, the Atlanta-based firm says.Credit card numbers for about 209,000 Americans and "certain dispute documents with personal identifying information" for some 182,000 Americans were also accessed by the hackers, it adds.Lenders ...