December 26, 2012 in Business

Netflix streaming back online after outage

From Wire Reports
 

Those hoping to spend the holiday watching streaming video from Netflix can now get back in front of their TVs, tablets and PCs after a Christmas Eve outage.

A Netflix Inc. spokesman said by email Tuesday morning that the service has been fully restored.

The outage affected customers in the Americas starting around 12:30 p.m. on Monday. The company, which is based in Los Gatos, Calif., blames problems with Amazon Web Services, and said it is investigating further.

Amazon Web Services provides companies with online storage and computing. It is separate from Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc.’s better-known shopping website.

Amazon said problems with its service have also now been fixed.

Bay Area nurses go on strike Christmas Eve

SAN FRANCISCO – Thousands of nurses at nine San Francisco Bay Area hospitals walked off the job on the morning of Christmas Eve – a day a hospital spokeswoman described as a time when “only the sickest of the sick are in the hospital.”

Registered nurses and technicians at seven hospitals operated by Sutter Health and at two San Jose hospitals affiliated with the Hospital Corporation of America went on a one-day strike at 7 a.m. Monday, said hospital officials and representatives with the California Nurses Association.

The strike – the eighth by the union since September 2011 – comes as both sides remain at odds in a lingering dispute over health benefits, staffing levels and other issues.

As in the previous strikes, both sides traded barbs, disagreeing over the need for a strike, the number of nurses who refused to show up for work and the quality of care the replacement nurses would provide.

Hospital officials also criticized the union for calling the strike on Christmas Eve.

“We are deeply disappointed the union is taking nurses away from the bedside, particularly during the holiday season, when only are sickest patients are with us,” said Carolyn Kemp, a spokeswoman for Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, one of the Sutter facilities hit by the strike.

Union spokeswoman Joanne Jung said the union called the strike because of the hospital’s demands to eliminate health benefits for nurses who work fewer than 30 hours a week, disagreements over sick pay and other issues.

Iran media report new cyberattack

TEHRAN, Iran – An Iranian semi-official news agency said there has been another cyberattack by the sophisticated computer worm Stuxnet, this time on the industries in the country’s south.

Tuesday’s report by ISNA quotes provincial civil defense chief Ali Akbar Akhavan as saying the virus targeted a power plant and some other industries in Hormozgan province in recent months.

Akhavan said Iranian computer experts were able to “successfully stop” the worm.

Iran has repeatedly claimed defusing cyber worms and malware, including Stuxnet and Flame viruses that targeted the vital oil sector, which provides 80 percent of the country’s foreign revenue.

Tehran has said both worms are part of a secret U.S.-Israeli program that seeks to destabilize Iran’s nuclear program.

The West suspects Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program, a charge Tehran denies.

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