We hope you weren't planning to start your pre-Independence Day weekend with a streaming video marathon... you might have to put it on hold. Comcast has confirmed a nationwide outage affecting internet access, TV and voice. While it wasn't specific about which areas were affected, the worst-hit regions appeared to involve the Atlanta area, large portions of Florida and parts of the northeast (including Boston and Philadelphia). San Francisco and Seattle are also running into trouble. It's not certain what caused the outage, or when regular service will resume.
Late last week, Garmin suffered a major services outage — and now, more than four days later, things still aren’t back to normal. Yesterday, activity-tracking app Strava confirmed that it was again able to send workout data to Garmin’s Connect service. Ian in Mountain View wrote in to let us know that recent activities were syncing to Strava from his Garmin Fenix watch and that notifications had started to work again, as well.
A power outage along the National Mall has left several museums and other buildings in the dark. Power went out in the early Friday afternoon and Pepco spokesman Marcus Beal said they're investigating the cause of the outage and how long repairs will take. Smithsonian spokeswoman Linda St. Thomas says the outage has closed some of the institution's museums, including the Hirshhorn Museum, Sackler Gallery and the National Museum of the American Indian. St. Thomas says whether they reopen Friday depends on how quickly power is restored. The Air and Space Museum, the Smithsonian Institution Building, known as the Castle and the Smithsonian's other museums in Washington are not affected.
YouTube suffered a major outage this morning that appeared to affect most of its users worldwide. Although the site was back up again within the hour, it marks the first major outage for the Google-owned service in years. The outage began at about 7:30 a.m. As soon as it happened, frustrated users noted the outage on Twitter. Okay, that's the fastest I've ever gotten 35 replies so I'd say yes, youtube is down for everyone right now.
A power outage has hit Brussels airport, delaying departing planes and leaving hundreds of people stranded outside the terminal. Florence Muls of Brussels airport says the outage hit at 5 a.m. Early morning departures were immediately affected and hundreds of people were left waiting outside. Muls says after the outage was fixed, people were slowly let back in the building. Dozens of flights were delayed.