"The software giant confirmed today that its popular Hotmail
email network was partially paralyzed over the Christmas holiday
when it failed to pay a $35 registration fee for the domain name
"As previously reported, the oversight was remedied by Linux
programmer Michael Chaney, who covered the payment with his
personal credit card. Within hours, Hotmail was back
"Sanford estimated that as many as half of Hotmail's 52
million active users may have been affected by the glitch, although
she said it was impossible to know for sure."
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