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An accidental release of fire-suppression agent into the data center environment in Europe triggered a chain of events that led to an Azure cloud outage for a group of customers on September 29.
Microsoft Azure engineers attributed what they referred to as a “Storage Related Incident,” which led to systems going down for customers hosting virtual infrastructure in the company’s data center in Northern Europe, to an accident during routine maintenance of the facility’s fire-suppression system.
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From the incident report posted on the Azure status page:
During a routine periodic fire suppression system maintenance, an unexpected release of inert fire suppression agent occurred. When suppression was triggered, it initiated the automatic shutdown of Air Handler Units (AHU) as designed for containment and safety. While conditions in the data center were being reaffirmed and AHUs were being restarted, the ambient temperature in isolated areas of the impacted suppression zone rose above normal operational parameters. Some systems in the impacted zone performed auto shutdowns or reboots triggered by internal thermal health monitoring to prevent overheating of those systems.
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The staff brought the air handlers back online 35 minutes after the unexpected gas release, returning facility temperature to a normal operational level


(Bloomberg) — Shopify Inc. tumbled as much as 10 percent, the most in 11 months, after short-seller Citron Research issued a stinging rebuke of the Canadian e-commerce company, calling it a “get-rich-quick scheme.”
In tweets and videos, Citron said Ottawa-based Shopify is “not the company Wall Street has sold you” and “dirtier” than Herbalife Ltd., which has been targeted by regulators for deceptive business practices.
Andrew Left, the founder of Los Angeles-based Citron Research, said in an email he was shorting Shopify. Shopify didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
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Shopify, which provides websites, payments and shipping for online merchants, has been one of the top technology stocks globally in recent years, gaining eight-fold from its initial public offering in May 2015. The shares fell 6.1 percent to C$136.78 in Toronto at 11:05 a.m., after falling as low as C$131.09.
Left, who’s perhaps best known for his unsparing assessments of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., urged the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to look at Shopify’s claims that members can quit their jobs and become millionaires. A post on Shopify’s Facebook page says that “2,700 people become millionaires each day,” and the company brands itself as “the online store for someday millionaires.”
In a $200 million settlement with nutrition company Herbalife, the FTC


(Bloomberg) — Yahoo, the internet company acquired by Verizon Communications Inc. this year, now believes a 2013 security breach affected all 3 billion of its users at the time.
The assessment, based on new intelligence obtained after the $4.5 billion acquisition, compares with Yahoo’s initial estimate that 1 billion accounts were compromised. The information stolen didn’t include passwords in clear text, payment data or bank accounts. Yahoo is notifying users.
Verizon, which is combining Yahoo with its AOL business to attract more internet advertising, had negotiated a $350 million price cut on the deal after Yahoo disclosed the 2013 breach and a subsequent hack in 2014. The attacks exposed user accounts and threatened Yahoo’s trust with consumers.
Verizon, based in New York, was little changed in late trading.
Yahoo has said it wasn’t able to identify who was responsible for the 2013 breach, though the U.S. government has accused Russia of directing the 2014 hack. The 2013 intrusion was discovered by Andrew Komarov, chief intelligence officer for InfoArmor, who had been tracking a prolific Eastern European hacker group that he spotted offering 1 billion Yahoo accounts for $300,000 in a private sale.
By watching the group’s communications, he was able to determine that it sold the database three times. Two buyers were large spamming groups. The third buyer provided a list of 10 names of U.S. and foreign government officials and business executives to verify


The number of women in senior leadership positions at GoDaddy increased 5 percent over the past year, though the number of women in technical roles decreased by 2 percent, the company announced Monday.
Its annual release of diversity and salary parity data shows incremental progress and work remaining on GoDaddy’s ambition to balance the ethnic and gender makeup of its workforce, according to the announcement.
The increase in women in senior leadership positions from 26 to 31 percent was partly driven by a new system developed in partnership with the Clayman Institute to identify qualified women and other candidates deserving of promotion. The total number of women at the company increased from 24 to 26 percent, with 19 percent in tech roles.
“I’m pleased that we’re turning the data into actionable plans,” GoDaddy Chief People Officer Monica Bailey said. “Last year’s data showed a disparity between the number of men and women senior leaders and, as a result, we deployed a thoughtful plan that generated results. We’re doing the same with this year’s data. It’s proof positive that we can make meaningful change that makes us a stronger organization for our employees and our customers.”
As in 2016, the proportion of women in entry-level engineering jobs increased, but few women have advanced to senior engineering roles.
GoDaddy also compared salary parity between men and women for the third year, and found that like last

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