Microsoft’s Azure AD authentication outage: What went wrong

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On September 28 and September 29 this week, a number of Microsoft customers worldwide were impacted by a cascading series of problems resulting in many being unable to access their Microsoft apps and services. On October 1, Microsoft posted its post-mortem about the outages, outlining what happened and next steps it plans to take to head this kind of issue off in the future.

Starting around 5:30 p.m. ET on Monday, September 28, customers began reporting they couldn’t sign into Microsoft and third-party applications which used Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) for authentication. (Yes, this means Office 365 and other Microsoft cloud services.) Those who were already signed in were less likely to have had issues. According to Microsoft’s report, users in the Americas and Australia were likely to be impacted more than those in Europe and Asia.

Microsoft acknowledged it was a service update targeting

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I tried to give a streaming service my money. Then the comedy began

This never, ever happens at Betis games.

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We all have our weaknesses. So do tech companies.

One of mine is a soccer team called Real Betis. One of tech companies’ is the concept of customer service.

Please let me tell you about Betis. Based in Seville — the Andalucian one, rather than the Californian — it’s a team that rarely wins anything other than the undying, borderline insane loyalty of its fans.

There are several ways to watch Betis games. One of them is not my cable provider, Comcast. It had a fight with Bein Sports, which broadcasts Spain’s La Liga games. I think it may have been about money.

This left me to scour the internet for alternatives. After all, I desperately needed my fix of watching my team lose slightly more often than it wins. It’s an existential thing.

One option is FuboTV. Its plans,

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Nokia clocks up 100 5G deals and 160 commercial 5G engagements

Rounding off a great week when it bagged a massive extension with BT to supply technology for the EE next-generation network, Nokia has announced that it has signed 17 5G commercial deals in the third quarter of the year. This takes its total number of commercial 5G deals company to 100 individual customers and a total of 160 commercial 5G engagements, ranging from signed contracts to paid trials.

Out of the commercial 5G deals with contracted customers, 17 have been struck since the second quarter of the year. The 34 live 5G networks cover both public and private wireless networks, which are now operational, with 88% of commercial deals with operators, and 12% with enterprises.

The deals mean that Nokia is present in all 5G early-adopter markets, and now claims contracts with the top four US communications services providers (CSPs) and the top three in both Japan and Korea.


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A look at Alibaba's Tmall Haofang, a new sales channel on Tmall for buying homes online; Tmall Haofang says it'll use 3D tech and live streaming to help buyers (Pearl Liu/South China Morning Post)

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A look at Alibaba’s Tmall Haofang, a new sales channel on Tmall for buying homes online; Tmall Haofang says it’ll use 3D tech and live streaming to help buyers  —  Developers are listing their home projects on Tmall Haofang, a new sales channel by world’s largest e-commerce platform Selected projects sold … … Read More