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Extended Microsoft outage takes out Office 365, Outlook and several other cloud services

Multiple Microsoft cloud services, including widely used tools like Office 365 and Outlook, were down for several hours Monday afternoon after the company rolled out a change to its code that it later attempted to roll back. Microsoft Teams, Dynamics365 and the Power Platform were also inaccessible for several hours starting around 2:30 p.m. PT.


"We're rerouting traffic to alternate infrastructure to improve the user experience while we continue to investigate the issue," the company said just before 5 p.m. PT, marking the official start of Happy Hour for anyone on the West Coast who relies on Microsoft software. Microsoft has invested in improvements to the reliability of its cloud infrastructure over the past couple of years after a series of high-profile problems, but Gartner continues to warn potential customers about Azure stability.

Politics

'Woke tech' and 'the new slave power': Conservatives gather for Vegas summit

An agenda for the event, hosted by the Claremont Institute, listed speakers including U.S. CTO Michael Kratsios and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

The so-called "Digital Statecraft Summit" was organized by the Claremont Institute. The speakers include U.S. CTO Michael Kratsios and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, as well as a who's-who of far-right provocateurs.

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Conservative investors, political operatives, right-wing writers and Trump administration officials are quietly meeting in Las Vegas this weekend to discuss topics including China, "woke tech" and "the new slave power," according to four people who were invited to attend or speak at the event as well as a copy of the agenda obtained by Protocol.

The so-called "Digital Statecraft Summit" was organized by the Claremont Institute, a conservative think tank that says its mission is to "restore the principles of the American Founding to their rightful, preeminent authority in our national life." A list of speakers for the event includes a combination of past and current government officials as well as a who's who of far-right provocateurs. One speaker, conservative legal scholar John Eastman, rallied the president's supporters at a White House event before the Capitol Hill riot earlier this month. Some others have been associated with racist ideologies.

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Emily Birnbaum

Emily Birnbaum ( @birnbaum_e) is a tech policy reporter with Protocol. Her coverage focuses on the U.S. government's attempts to regulate one of the most powerful industries in the world, with a focus on antitrust, privacy and politics. Previously, she worked as a tech policy reporter with The Hill after spending several months as a breaking news reporter. She is a Bethesda, Maryland native and proud Kenyon College alumna.

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