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Massive internet outage hits websites including Amazon, gov.uk and Guardian | Internet

A massive internet outage has affected websites including the Guardian, the UK government’s website gov.uk, Amazon and Reddit. The issue made the sites inaccessible to many users for more than an hour on Tuesday morning.

The outage was traced to a failure in a content delivery network (CDN) run by Fastly. It began at about 11am UK time, with visitors to a huge number of sites receiving error messages including, “Error 503 service unavailable” and a terse “connection failure”.

Others affected included the publishers CNN, the New York Times, and the Financial Times, as well as the streaming services

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Massive outage takes websites, including Amazon and major news sites, offline

Websites around the world, including major news sites, Amazon and the United Kingdom’s government page, were temporarily down during a massive outage early Tuesday.

Fastly, an American cloud computing services provider, said it began investigating the issue about 5:58 a.m. ET on its status page. The company, which provides content delivery services to many websites, said the issue was fixed within an hour.

“We identified a service configuration that triggered disruptions across our points of presence globally and have disabled that configuration,” Fastly told NBC News in a statement. “Our global network is coming back online.”

Multiple news outlets

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Google Chrome will once again show a website’s full URL

Google has been cutting down the URL in Chrome’s omnibox search bar for the past few years, saying it makes it easier for users to identify trustworthy domains. However, it has now scrapped that experiment and will show the entire URL, as detailed in a developer document spotted by Android Police

At one point, Google planned to remove the URL entirely and just show search terms. More recently, it simplified the omnibox by hiding the “https://www” and only showing the domain name. At the time, Google said it was trying to make things simpler for the average user. “They’re

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Internet Outage Hits Major Websites

Dozens of websites in the U.S. and Europe briefly went dark Tuesday, victims of an internal glitch at a major cloud-service provider and the latest example of how a problem at a single player in the internet’s piping can have outsize repercussions.

Sites including the U.K. government’s main public-services portal and several major U.S. and European news outlets, such as CNN, the

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and Le Monde, were inaccessible to at least some users for roughly an hour, beginning around 6 a.m. EDT.

Those sites went down after

Fastly Inc.,

the operator of a content delivery network

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Many federal websites don’t meet accessibility requirements, study finds — FCW

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Many federal websites don’t meet accessibility requirements, study finds

 

Compliance with federal standards for web accessibility on federal government domains varies widely, according to a report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a think tank for science and tech policy, released on Thursday.

Of the 72 government domains studied, those identified by ITIF as the most popular, 30% of the homepages didn’t meet standards for accessibility.

The study zeroed in on standards outlined in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, which requires agencies to follow web accessibility requirements. ITIF

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The Same Handful of Websites Are Dominating The Web And That Could Be a Problem

The online world is continuously expanding – always aggregating more services, more users, and more activity. Last year, the number of websites registered on the “.com” domain surpassed 150,000,000.

 

However, more than a quarter of a century since its first commercial use, the growth of the online world is now slowing down in some key categories.

We conducted a multi-year research project analyzing global trends in online diversity and dominance.

Our research, published Thursday in Public Library of Science (PLOS One), is the first to reveal some long-term trends in how businesses compete in the age

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