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Major websites back up after Fastly outage restored

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A major outage has impacted news websites and government web pages around the world, impacting CNN, BBC News, the Guardian and Australian titles including The Age and Sydney Morning Herald

Countless popular websites including Reddit, Spotify, Twitch, Stack Overflow, GitHub, gov.uk, Hulu, HBO Max, Quora, PayPal, Vimeo, Shopify, Stripe, and news outlets CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times, BBC and Financial Times went offline Tuesday evening.

Some visitors trying to access CNN.com got a message that said: “Fastly error: unknown domain: cnn.com.”

Attempts to access the Financial Times website turned up a similar message while visits to the New York Times and U.K. government’s gov.uk site returned an “Error 503 Service Unavailable” message, along with the line “Varnish cache server,” which is a technology that Fastly is built on.

A glitch at Fastly, a popular CDN provider, is thought to be the reason, according to a product manager at Financial Times.

Fastly has confirmed it’s facing an outage on its status website.

“We’re currently investigating potential impact to performance with our CDN services.”

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Some websites are slowly coming back up. “The issue has been identified and a fix is being implemented,” Fastly says on its status page.

Among those affected are Amazon, Twitch, Reddit, The Verge, The Guardian, ZDnet, The New York Times, The Financial Times, Pinterest, Kickstarter, Ebay, The Telegraph, CNN, and Imgur. Google searches are also partially impacted, as is the Google Cloud Platform. While Twitter is up, its emoji platform is offline.

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Content delivery networks (CDNs) are a key part of the internet infrastructure. These companies run global networks of servers to improve performance and availability of web services.

CDNs act as proxy servers and cache some data as close to the end user as possible. 

Fastly in particular is quite popular with media websites. The company went public in 2019. Fastly shares (NYSE:FSLY) are currently trading at $48.06, down 5.21% compared to yesterday’s closing price.

Fastly describes itself as an “edge cloud platform.” It provides vital behind-the-scenes cloud computing services to many of the web’s high profile sites, by helping them them to store, or “cache,” content in servers around the world so that it’s closer to users.

Rival, AWS lists no disruptions to its cloud or CloudFront service. Web infrastructure company CloudFlare is currently performing firewall maintenance, which it said could cause delays to GraphQL API Nodes for Firewall Analytics, firewallEventsAdaptive, firewallEventsAdaptiveGroups, and firewallEventsAdaptiveByTimeGroups. However, it is not believed to be the cause of the outage.

Fastly said: “The issue has been identified and a fix has been applied. Customers may experience increased origin load as global services return.” A number of sites that were hit early appeared to be coming back online.

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Hong Kong’s film crackdown

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Films in Hong Kong are at risk of being censored if authorities think it may endanger national security

This order allows censors to prevent and suppress acts that do not uphold the sovereignty and of China.

Hong Kong’s thriving film industry had previously enjoyed freedoms not seen on the mainland.

According to the new guidelines, any film which supports or promotes offensive material that could endanger the security of the region will be censored.

“The film censorship regulatory framework is built on the premise of a balance between protection of individual rights and freedoms on the one hand, and the protection of legitimate societal interests on the other,” 

the government said.

Last year Beijing imposed a new law to stamp out pro-democracy protests part of the national security law that can carry a maximum term of life in prison.

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Cracking the content code: Pride Month in Gaming

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Twitch takes on Facebook’s streaming platform, boasting increased popularity and engagement

Although Facebook has taken the lead when it comes to social media, they have Twitch firmly in their sights for gamers & content creation.

Facebook is negotiating various perks, including a feature allowing content partners to play licensed music during streams. Additionally, Facebook’s 30% subscription deals compare well to Twitch’s default 50% on the surface…Twitch remains the favourite with a solid lead thanks to it’s ten year head start.

‘Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remastered’ remains in limbo. This comes after Ubisoft withdrew the release window from their 2021 line up.

Logan Paul took on Floyd Mayweather in an entertaining bout this week.

With gaming fans quick to spot his highly valuable and highly collectable Pokemon Card, which he touted around his neck before the fight.

Paul purchased the card for $150,000!

Here, streamer Brysupersaurus joins us to discuss the latest from the world of streaming and how Pride Month has kicked off with Twitch celebrating it’s LGBTQIA+ community and creators.

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Jane Fonda says Biden hasn’t done enough to tackle the climate crisis

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American actress Jane Fonda demanded US president Joe Biden immediately closes oil pipelines

Jane Fonda joined protesters calling for the closure of the Line 3 Piepline in Northern Minnesota.

“The scientists say we have less than nine years to cut our emissions in half. Line 3 is going in the absolute opposite direction, and the news every day is telling us, emissions are going up, not down.”

President Biden has “done a lot of very good things. But not enough. Not bold enough. And not fast enough.”

Jane Fonda On BBC’s New day

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