Microsoft Teams is down for people worldwide

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

Microsoft Teams started going down around the world on Tuesday morning.

According to website Down Detector, users started reporting problems around 6 a.m. Eastern Time.

“We’ve confirmed that this issue affects users globally. We’re reviewing monitoring telemetry and recent changes to isolate the source of the issue,” Microsoft said in a statement, after initially saying the problem affected Europe and Asia.

It does not appear to be affecting all users.

This is the second time this month Teams has suffered a major outage. On April 1 a suite of Microsoft products including Teams, Azure, and Bing went down.

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Beavers shut down the internet for 36 hours in a small Canadian town by chewing through fiber cables while looking for materials to build their dam

Beavers shut down the internet in Tumbler Ridge, Canada on Saturday.

  • Beavers cut the internet for 900 people in Tumbler Ridge, Canada while searching for materials to build their dam.
  • Internet provider Telus said the beavers chewed through a 4.5-inch thick protective tube to reach the cable.
  • Telus spokesperson Liz Sauvé described it as “a very unusual and uniquely Canadian turn of events.”
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A small Canadian town lost internet for 36 hours over the weekend after local beavers gnawed through fiber cables while hunting for materials to build their dam, the CBC reported.

The beavers had to chew through a 4.5-inch protective layer to reach the cables, local internet provider Telus told CBC.

Beavers in Tumbler Ridge, a town in northeastern British Columbia with a population of almost 2,000, chewed through the underground cables at multiple points, cutting internet service for 900 people and cable TV for 60 people, CBC reported. The outage started at 4.a.m on Saturday. Local cell phone service was also disrupted.

Local internet provider Telus sent crews to restore service and had reconnected residents by 3:30pm on Sunday.

“Our team located a nearby dam, and it appears the beavers dug underground alongside the creek to reach our cable, which is buried about three feet underground and protected by a 4.5-inch thick conduit,” Telus spokesperson Liz Sauvé said in a statement shared with CBC.

“The beavers first chewed through the conduit before chewing through the cable in multiple locations,” she said.

Crews brought in specialist equipment to help dig through partially frozen ground to expose the cables.

Images taken by Telus show that the beavers used cable marking tape to build their dam.

Sauvé said the outage was a “very bizarre and uniquely Canadian turn of events.”

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Twitter is partly down, with some users saying they’re unable to log into the site

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Twitter appeared to be partly down Saturday, with some users unable to log into the site.

Twitter also had problems on Friday night across the East Coast of the US. It tweeted at the time that people may have problem loading the site, and that it was “working on fixing a problem.”

On Saturday morning some people accessing Twitter via web browser said that had problems logging in, with the site telling them that there was an error.

The number of people reporting problems on Downdector with the site also increased, though this was well below the number of users reporting problems Friday night.

Twitter wouldn’t let some users log in.

Twitter’s dashboard did not show any issues with the site as of 9:22 am ET.

The Verge first reported on the news.

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Google Docs and other Google Drive services are experiencing issues

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  • Google Drive and Google Docs have been experiencing issues.
  • On Monday morning, thousands of users reported error messages and difficulty getting into files.
  • Google said it is in the process of investigating and working to resolve the issue.
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Google said on Monday morning the company was experiencing some issues with Google Drive and Google Docs.

Problems started around 9:36 a.m. ET and have affected users in the US, UK, and China, as well as several other countries.

While it is unknown how many users have been impacted, over 5,000 Google users reported issues with Google Drive on Monday morning, according to DownDetector. The company said it is in the process of investigating issues with the products.

“Hi there. We are aware of a service disruption and are working right now to resolve it,” @googledrive tweeted. “We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience. Stay updated by following the Apps Status Dashboard: Thanks!”

Affected users are able to access their Google Drive, but are seeing error messages, according to Google’s Workplace Status Dashboard. The error messages ask users to reload the page.

On Google Docs and Google Sheets, some users have not been able to access or create new documents and spreadsheets. Google Slides is also showing error messages.

It is unclear when the issues will be resolved. A Google spokesperson did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Many users took to Twitter to report the problem.

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Users are reporting that multiple Microsoft products are down

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On Thursday, users of Microsoft’s Office 365, Azure, Bing, and Teams platforms and products reported mass outages and failures, according to the site

An official status page for Microsoft Office 365, the company’s email suite, showed that the service was down and the status for Microsoft Azure, a cloud computing service, was described as an “emerging issue,” which is being investigated.

Microsoft Azure’s official Twitter account tweeted, “We are aware of an issue affecting the Azure Portal and Azure services.”

A Twitter account monitoring Microsoft Office 365’s status tweeted, “We’re investigating an issue in which users may be unable to access Microsoft 365 services and features,” adding a few minutes later that, “We’re investigating a potential DNS issue and are evaluating our mitigation options.”

Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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AT&T service is down in some areas following a car explosion, impacting some 911 lines

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Plumes of smoke rise next to the Regions Building near the explosion reported in the area on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Buildings shook in the immediate area and beyond after a loud boom was heard early Christmas morning

AT&T users near Nashville are currently experiencing some outages after facilities were damaged in a car explosion.

Early Christmas morning, a large explosion in Nashville’s downtown sent at last three people to the hospital and damaged nearby buildings. Authorities believe that the explosion was “an intentional act,” according to CNN.

Don Aaron, a spokesperson with the Metro Nashville Police Department, also told CNN that there was a “significant damage” to infrastructure in the area.

The car exploded in front of an AT&T transmission building in Nashville, according to a press release from the FBI and local authorities. AT&T users are now experiencing phone and internet outages in some areas near Nashville. DownDetector shows that Nashville, Atlanta, and Chattanooga are among the areas with the most outage reports.

“Service for some customers in Nashville and the surrounding areas may be affected by damage to our facilities from the explosion this morning. We are in contact with law enforcement and working as quickly and safely as possible to restore service,” Jim Greer, AVP for AT&T corporate communications, wrote in a statement to Insider.

Those outages are hitting some 911 emergency lines. In Tennessee, the Murfreesboro police department tweeted that “Murfreesboro’s 911 lines, and non-emergency lines, are currently down.”

Police in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, also tweeted out that their “911 and Non-Emergency Lines are down, which is likely related to a widespread outage on 12/25/2020 caused by the Downtown Nashville explosion.”

The police department in La Vergne, Tennessee also said that their emergency lines were down due to the outage.

The Tennessean has been keeping a list of impacted areas and alternate numbers.

It’s still unclear if anyone was inside the car at the time of the explosion. The Tennessean reported that the blast could be heard miles away. The FBI and local authorities have said that they are investigating the incident and had restricted vehicle and pedestrian travel in the area.

Prior to the explosion, the RV reportedly issued a warning to those in the area, the Tennessean reported. It began a 15-minute countdown after proclaiming: “Evacuate now. There is a bomb. A bomb is in this vehicle and will explode.” 

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Google says Gmail should be restored shortly after users had problems during the company’s second service disruption in 2 days

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  • Google said it expects to resolve Gmail issues by 4:00 p.m. PT after a “significant subset of users” experienced problems with the email service on Tuesday, according to Google.
  • Although users can access Gmail, Google said, users saw error messages, lags, and ‘unexpected behavior.’ 
  • On Tuesday evening, DownDetector received over 16,000 reports that users were having problems with Gmail. 
  • The service issue is Google’s second in two days. Yesterday, an outage took out YouTube, Gmail, and Google Maps for about an hour. 
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Google said on Tuesday that it plans to have Gmail running normally again by 4:00 p.m. PT after a large number of users experienced issues.

“We expect to resolve the problem affecting a significant subset of users of Gmail at 12/15/20, 4:00 PM. Please note that this time frame is an estimate and may change,” Google said on its website.

Gmail users experienced lags, error messages, and ‘unexpected behavior’ on the popular email service on Tuesday, according to Google. The platform didn’t specify how many users have been affected, but service monitoring website DownDetector received over 16,000 reports of issues with Gmail Tuesday evening.

“We’re aware of a problem with Gmail affecting a significant subset of users. The affected users are able to access Gmail, but are seeing error messages, high latency, and/or other unexpected behavior,” read an alert on Google’s service dashboard earlier on Tuesday.

The service issues come just a day after Google experienced a large outage that took out Google Maps, YouTube, and Gmail. Monday’s service issues began at about 6:30 a.m. ET and were resolved around 8 a.m. ET, Business Insider previously reported.

On Tuesday, Google first reported that Gmail was having issues at 4:29 p.m. At 5:18 p.m. Google wrote, “Our team is continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by 12/15/20, 6:00 PM with more information about this problem. Thank you for your patience.”

For the latest about the service disruptions, check Google’s Workspace Status Dashboard.

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