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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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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work