Kara Swisher

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Yahoo's Outage: Not-So-Perfect Timing

Yahoo is never down.

So the fact that its massive Web site is showing a “server outage” sign and little else is pretty astonishing.

And not in a good way, since the company is in the midst of a swirl of takeover rumors, executive turmoil and worries about weak earnings next week.

But, until now, Yahoo’s powerful homepage always works, especially compared to other Web sites. Over its long history, in fact, it has been the polar opposite of Fail-Whaling Twitter.

BoomTown is awaiting info from Yahoo PR, which acknowledged “periodic outages.” It is still down for me and many others who have emailed

But the Silicon Valley company has no specifics as yet, beyond this statement to the media:

“For a brief period this afternoon, Yahoo.com was inaccessible to some users. We have identified the issue and are working to correct it immediately. We know that this may have caused some inconvenience and we apologize to our users who might have been affected.”

Here is a screenshot we just took:

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik