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NYSE Offline Due to Computer Glitch, WSJ Crashes Too

July 8, 2015

Wall Street Journal Down

The message above appeared on the Wall Street Journal’s website shortly after the New York Stock Exchange crashed due to technical issues.

By Gilbert Falso :: 11:58 AM

Update: 1:45 PM

Time Magazine is reporting that the NYSE shutdown is due to issues from a failed system upgrade that happened overnight. The system upgrade did not go as planned, and disrupted trading from the beginning of the day, according to a Time source.

Update: 12:42 PM:

The Wall Street Journal’s website now redirects to a modified home page. A header reads, “WSJ.com is having technical difficulties.” No further explanation is provided.

Update, 12:34 PM:

The NYSE has issued a Tweet stating that the problem is a technical issue, and is not the result of a cyber attack:
“The issue we are experiencing is an internal technical issue and is not the result of a cyber breach.”

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Trading on the New York Stock Exchange has been halted Wednesday morning, due to an unknown technical glitch with the exchange’s computer systems.

In addition to the NYSE outage, the website of the Wall Street Journal has also crashed, presumably under the weight of traffic coming looking for information about NYSE being offline.

This story is developing and will be updated as news comes in. Read this post from the top down for the most recent updates.

Apple Says iTunes, iCloud, App Store Outage is DNS Issue

March 11, 2015

iTunes down, blamed on DNS issues

By Gilbert Falso :: 1:54 PM

iTunes is down. After a morning of trouble with Apple’s iTunes, iCloud and App Store services, the company has finally addressed the issue in a statement that blames a DNS problem for the outage.

Because of the nature of DNS outages, the problem has manifested in different ways for different users, depending on the ISP they use to access the Internet. The problem has been intermittent for many people around the globe, however.

Apple released the following statement:

We apologize to our customers experiencing problems with iTunes and other services this morning. The cause was an internal DNS error at Apple. We’re working to make all of the services to customers as soon as possible, and we thank everyone for their patience.

The outage comes during a particularly busy week for the company. On Monday, Apple held a press conference unveiling a number of new products and services, including a new lighter MacBook, the much-awaited Apple Watch, and announced a program to make HBO streaming services available to customers without a cable subscription.

As of right now, Apple has not provided a specific estimated time frame for the DNS fix to be made.

Medical Details Added to Google Search Results

February 16, 2015

By Gilbert Falso :: 11:25 PM

If you’ve searched for a medial or health-related topic on Google over the past few days, you may have noticed some new content popping up along the right-hand side of your search results.

Example of Google result that includes health related information.Google is rolling out a new feature on its search site that returns relevant medical details outside of the normal 10-results-per-page listings. These details may include symptoms, treatments, age factor and how contagious the ailment could be.

The search giant worked with medical professionals, including doctors, to identify sources of content for the medical details. Google’s medical team, as well as healthcare professionals at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic have reviewed the details for accuracy.

Google, or more likely, Google’s lawyers, caution that the details returned on health searches should not be considered medical advice.

It isn’t surprising that Google has called this information out in a special fashion – nearly 5% of all Google searches are for medical or health reasons.

CEO Caught on Video Abusing Puppy

August 26, 2014

Desmond Hague abusing dog Centerplate CEO

By Gilbert Falso :: 12:52 AM

The CEO of a U.S.-based sports venue catering firm was caught on video abusing a 1-year-old Doberman Pinscher puppy in the elevator  of a Vancouver, B.C. apartment building last month.

Desmond Hague Dog AbuseOn July 27, Desmond Hague, the CEO of Centerplate, a U.S.-based catering firm with contracts for sporting venues worldwide, entered into an elevator with his Doberman, Sade. Surveillance video from the elevator, which was turned over to the local SPCA, shows Hague repeatedly kicking the dog, and then yanking up sharply on the leash, choking the dog briefly before releasing it. 

Last week, officers from the B.C. SPCA entered Hague’s apartment with a search warrant and found the dog in a small urine-soaked crate, with no food or water available. The dog was taken into SPCA custody, and is doing well, according to local news reports.

No charges have been filed yet in the case, although the SPCA has recommended to the local prosecutor that Hague be charged under the criminal and/or provincial prevention of cruelty to animals act, which could bring jail time or a lifetime ban on pet ownership in Canada.

Hague lists a Stamford, Connecticut address as his U.S. residence.

As news of the cruelty broke last week in Canada, there has been a growing public outcry at stadiums, arenas, and other venues that have contracts with Hague’s company to terminate those contracts immediately.

Hague released the following statement:  “I take full responsibility for my actions. This incident is completely and utterly out of character and I am ashamed and deeply embarrassed.”

Below is the surveillance video from the elevator that shows Hague kicking and choking the dog.

Video of Space-X Rocket Explosion

August 23, 2014

Elon Musk Space-X rocket F9R explosion

By Paul Thomson :: 4:07 PM

Yesterday there was a minor setback in the long journey to Mars when a Space-X test rocket exploded during a trial flight from the company’s launch facilities near  McGregor, Texas.

The model F9R  test rocket performed a self-destruct procedure as a safety precaution after a computer detected a glitch during the launch process. Space-X confirmed the computer-controlled self destruction in a statement released shortly after the disaster.

Space-X’s F9R rocket is unique because it has been designed to return to a landing pad after launch. Most space rockets are designed for a one-way trip only. They fall back to earth and land in the ocean, or burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere. This is not so with the F9R, which has landing legs that allow it to set back down in a spot near where it launched from.

Although Space-X has launched this exact model in successful test flights in the past, Friday’s launch was designed to test some of the rocket’s limits – and as you can see in the video below, the tests were unsuccessful.

Space-X founder and CEO Elon Musk issued the following Tweet shortly after the explosion: “Rockets are tricky …”