Also in the news: Cloud computing service outage

An online storage service called "The Linkup" lost up to 45 percent of the data it has been storing for its 20,000 customers, according to a recent report by Network World.

Evidently, a system administrator ran a faulty script that severed the links between customer accounts and their data.

The consumer-based service, which could be used to make back-up copies of data, shut down operations Aug. 8.

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And in related news, Gmail has been flicking on and off today, according to a report from CNet. A Google spokesperson described the outage as a temporary failure.

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