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CNET News.com: Linux community scores coup in Hotmail outage

Dec 29, 1999, 00:46 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Hansen)

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"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 Passport.com."

"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 online...."

"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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