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By Ian Bush

By technology editor Ian Bush

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Call it an Internet dead zone — web giants The New York Times and Microsoft suffering serious issues Wednesday.

The New York Times gets more visitors than any other newspaper website in the country, but for a couple hours, Wednesday they got a blank page when clicking on nytimes.com, or using the mobile apps.

They’re back up now. While the NYT says Chinese hackers have attacked them in the past, they blame this outage on a problem with a “scheduled maintenance update.”

Microsoft now says its Hotmail and Outlook-based email accounts are back in business after some users couldn’t access messages. What Microsoft calls ‘technical difficulties’ also affected Messenger and the SkyDrive Cloud storage service.

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