National Weather Service Warning System Hobbled by Outage at Worst Possible Time

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As severe thunderstorms, some spawning damaging tornadoes, erupted across the country from Denver, Colorado, to Albany, New York, a widespread data outage hit the National Weather Service (NWS) on Thursday. Radar data stopped flowing to mobile apps and NWS websites for at least a half an hour, and at least some NWS offices lost the ability to disseminate severe weather warnings through any means other than social media.

In a post on its Facebook page at about 4:45 p.m. ET, the National Weather Service forecast office in Mt. Holly, New Jersey, which covers the Philadelphia metro area, stated: “Our products are NOT being sent out at this time due to technical issue. All warnings will be sent via social media.” Read more…

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Netflix Crushes Its Earnings But Issues a Warning

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The good times keep on rolling for Netflix, but the company sees storm clouds ahead.

Netflix announced earnings on Wednesday that beat expectations for both subscriber additions and earnings per share. Investors were cheered by the results, with Netflix shares rising more than 17% in after-hours trading.

Revenue was reported at $ 1.18 billion, just above estimates, while profit for the company easily beat estimates. Earnings per share of $ 0.79 topped analyst expectations of $ 0.66. The company attributed the profit growth to the ability to grow revenue without incurring additional content costs Read more…

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