One Facebook outage shows just how much of our attention the social giant sucks away

One Facebook outage shows just how much of our attention the social giant sucks away

Facebook’s occasional outages are a headache for its billions of users, but there’s an unexpected upside for the media industry: When the social network crashes, traffic to news sites spikes. That’s according to data from Chartbeat, an analytics firm that measures web traffic and referrals for media companies’ websites and other businesses. It found that…

An outage in Canada is raising the risk of a global oil shortage

An outage in Canada is raising the risk of a global oil shortage

EnCana’s Doug Shea (R) goes over drilling reports with driller Ron Webster at an EnCana gas drilling well east of Calgary, Alberta.Reuters/Todd Korol While all eyes watched the OPEC saga last week, there was an outage in Canada’s oil sands that will cut production at least through July, supporting the U.S. benchmark prices, according to…