Saturday, July 4, 2009

CyberSource's Down Due to Fire

VentureBeat is reporting that:

"A fire in Seattle’s Fisher Plaza appears to have taken down, a service used by online businesses to process credit card and electronic check payments.

That’s a big problem for any vendor using, since this basically means they can’t accept payments through their website until the service is up again. I’m told this affects both one-time and recurring payments. With its website down, Authorize has set up a new Twitter account to provide updates and address the many customer complaints and questions. Many of the tweets can be boiled down to, “The team is working hard to get things running again, but I don’t have a timetable”; the company is also trying to reassure customers, “yes we have fully redundant data center” (sic), and also just said, “Transactions are up except for Global processing and Concord. No ETA on those, but we are working on in.”

The service has been down since around midnight Pacific time. I’m also trying to find out how many businesses are affected; TechCrunch says it’s “tens of thousands of e-commerce vendors,” but when was acquired by CyberSource back in 2007, it reportedly had 175,000 customers, and processed 1.1 billion transactions worth $65 billion in 2006.

Meanwhile, TechFlash notes the travel section of Microsoft’s Bing “decision engine” is also down due to the fire. The Bing Travel website says the site should be back up at 5pm Pacific time today."

Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July to all of the HomeATM Blog subscribers and readers whom reside in the good ole US of A.

Here'shoping that you all enjoy your long weekend with both friends andfamily, tasty barbeques, a couple of frosty ones and some fireworks.Speaking of which, here's a high resolution shot (click to enlarge) ofsome fireworks behind Buckingham Palace overlooking Lake Michigan in myfavorite and the USA's most beautiful city...My kind of (Chi)town. 

Enjoy...and we'll be back on Monday! (unless a fire knocks out service to and Bing Travel)

By the way, isn't it great news that the Statue of Liberty's "crown" is back open to the public for the first time since those (insert bad word here) took down the Twin Towers on September 11th?  Personally I could not think of a better way to celebrate the weekend without getting inside the head of our gal, "Liberty!" 

For the first time since it was closed following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the observation deck in the crown of New York City's famed Statue of Liberty will reopen to the public on July 4.

The top of the Statue of Liberty reopens to visitors on the 4th of July.

The statue itself was reopened in 2004, but visitors were only allowed into the pedestal at the base of the statue. But the pedestal is not the real draw, according to Bill Maurer of the National Parks Service.

"Everyone has been asking, 'When can we go up to the crown?'" Maurer told "Good Morning America." "Certainly, it is a pleasure to say that you can go up Saturday, if you have a reservation."

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