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A failure at a Verizon Terremark data center Sunday is the latest snafu to afflict, the web site underlying the Obamacare insurance initiative. Sunday’s failure caused a loss of network connectivity, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Verizon said it is working with HHS and other tech vendors to fix the issue as soon as possible.

Last week, the administration pledged to get working smoothly by the end of November.

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Maybe so. A locked-down mystery structure on San Francisco’s Treasure Island may be the beginning of a new Google data center that could make use of water-based cooling and wave-generated power, as outlined in a Google patent for a water-based data center.” More on that patent here. Google did not comment.

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Microsoft’s sales did nothing but grow during Steve Ballmer’s 13-year tenure as CEO , as depicted in this Bloomberg infographic, although that trend was not reflected in the company’s sluggish stock price. As an example, total sales grew 294 percent to almost $78 billion in that time while stock price fell 37 percent to $33.76 per share. On Thursday, after Microsoft announced better-than-expected first quarter earnings, Microsoft shares surged more than 6 percent in after-hours trading.

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Flash storage pioneer posted a third quarter loss Wednesday night with revenue dropping 27 percent year over year and said its CFO and EVP Dennis Wolf will be leaving the company. The company reported a loss of $27.9 million (28 cents pershare) compared to a profit of $3.9 million (4 cents a share) for the year-ago period. Wolf is leaving to join Datastaxa privately-held company, according to

The stock was off more than 25 percent Thursday, to $9.62 per share.

This post was updated at 9:17 a.m. PDT to reflect Wolf’s new job.

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