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Briefly: Microsoft closing QR code alternative, Google outage costs

updated 07:27 am EDT, Mon August 19, 2013

Microsoft Tag going dark in August 2015, Scanbuy providing support

Microsoft will be shuttering its QR code competitor in the next few years, according to e-mails sent to customers. The Microsoft Tag service, which allows companies to embed data into an image for scanning by a smartphone application, will end on August 19th, 2015, reports Engadget. Despite its impending demise, the format will still operate via QR code service Scanbuy, which will start to support aspects of Microsoft Tag from September this year.

Five-minute Google outage to cost $500,000, lowers global traffic by 40 percent

A Google services outage lowered global Internet traffic by around 40 percent, according to web analytics firm GoSquared. The five-minute outage on August 16th, visible on the Google Apps Dashboard across all services, is believed to have cost the company around $500,000 for the five minutes it was down for, claims Tribal Worldwide analyst Phil Dearson speaking to Sky News, with the issue thought to be a "physical infrastructure problem."



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