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Skype is Down - It wasn't exactly a red-letter day for Skype: Users trying to access the service to make calls Wednesday morning had trouble connecting, a problem confirmed by Skype in a Twitter message. The VoIP service continued to update users through the day, saying by 4:00 p.m. EST that service is "now gradually returning to normal--we expect it may take several hours for everyone to be able to sign in again, however."

Skype is Down

The problem, Skype explained on its website, originated among its supernodes, many of which (Skype wouldn't say how many) were "taken offline by a problem affecting some versions of Skype." The site went on to say "Our engineers are creating new ‘mega-supernodes' as fast as they can" and referred visitors back to Twitter for status updates.

To add to the ignominy, in a classic cause-equals-effect motion, the number of Skype users complaining about the outage on Twitter likely caused the annoying "fail whale" to raise its head above the waves for a few hours Wednesday as well, says tech blog TheNextWeb.com.
The last time Skype experience a major outage was in 2007, caused by what the company called an "algorithm deficiency."

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