Mar 21, 2017

Microsoft says it has a fix to solve latest online services glitch

For the second time in two weeks, Microsoft has been experiencing glitches with its online services. Many customers have been unable on Tuesday to sign on to Xbox Live,, Skype and other services.

Microsoft has acknowledged the issues on its various status pages and said it is working to deploy a fix that should restore service.

"We're aware that some users are having difficulties logging in to some services," a representative told Axios. "Our engineers are working to fully resolve this as soon as possible."

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Update: Microsoft says most services are working properly now, but OneDrive is having some residual issues.

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Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 75,465 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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SoftBank to cut its stake to get T-Mobile's Sprint deal done

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

T-Mobile and Sprint announced a revised merger agreement that will see SoftBank getting a smaller share of the combined company, while most shareholders will receive the previously agreed upon exchange rate. The companies said they hope to get the deal as early as April 1.

Why it matters: The amended deal reflects the decline in Sprint's business, while leaving most shareholders' stake intact and removing another hurdle to the deal's closure.