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NewsPoster Aug 19, 2013 07:27 AM
Briefly: Microsoft closing QR code alternative, Google outage costs
Microsoft will be shuttering its QR code competitor in the next few years, according to e-mails sent to customers. The <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/292095==http://www.electronista.com/articles/11/12/13/available.on.android.now.ios..windows.phone.soon/" rel='nofollow'>Microsoft Tag</a> service, which allows companies to embed data into an image for scanning by a smartphone application, will end on August 19th, 2015, <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/292096==http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/19/microsoft-kills-tag/" rel='nofollow'>reports</a> <em>Engadget</em>. Despite its impending demise, the format will still operate via QR code service <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/292097==http://www.macnn.com/articles/08/08/14/scanlife.for.iphone/" rel='nofollow'>Scanbuy</a>, which will start to support aspects of Microsoft Tag from September this year. <br />
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<strong>Five-minute Google outage to cost $500,000, lowers global traffic by 40 percent</strong><br />
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A Google services outage lowered global Internet traffic by around 40 percent, according to web analytics <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/292093==https://engineering.gosquared.com/googles-downtime-40-drop-in-traffic" rel='nofollow'>firm</a> <em>GoSquared</em>. The five-minute outage on August 16th, visible on the Google Apps <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/292099==http://www.google.com/appsstatus#hl=en&v=status&ts=1376906149061" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">Dashboard</a> across all services, is believed to have cost the company around $500,000 for the five minutes it was down for, claims Tribal Worldwide analyst Phil Dearson speaking <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/292094==http://news.sky.com/story/1129847/google-outage-internet-traffic-plunges-40-percent" rel='nofollow'>to</a> <em>Sky News</em>, with the issue thought to be a "physical infrastructure problem."
 
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