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Microsoft: Sorry, but we lost all of your T-Mobile Sidekick data forever
Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 12:37 AM EDT
"A week ago, Microsoft's Danger unit experienced a huge outage that left many T-Mobile Sidekick users without access to their calendar, address book, and other key data. That's because the Sidekick keeps nearly all its data in the cloud as opposed to keeping the primary copy on the devices themselves," Ina Fried reports for CNET.
"Things got even worse on Saturday, as Microsoft said in a statement that data not recovered thus far may be permanently lost. It's not immediately clear how many people lost their data. The outage earlier in the week affected a broad swath of Sidekick users, though many had data return during the week," Fried reports.
"While outages in the cloud computing world are common (one need only look at recent issues with Twitter or Gmail), data losses are another story," Fried reports. "And this one stands as one of the more stunning ones in recent memory."
Fried reports, "The Danger outage comes just a month before Microsoft is expected to launch its operating system in the cloud--Windows Azure."
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Pete Cashmore reports for Mashable, "There’s bad news for Sidekick users today: T-Mobile has announced that it was unable to recover Sidekick data after a server failure at Microsoft subsidiary Danger. This means any data not stored on your Sidekick but residing in the “cloud” has been lost."
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