Skype Blackout Hits Millions Worldwide
Firm says service slowing returning
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 23, 2010 9:00 AM CST
In this Sept. 1, 2009 file photo, Ed Ho, right, demonstrates the online telecommunications service Skype with friend Daren Tsui, on screen, at Ho's home in Palo Alto, Calif.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

(Newser) – Millions worldwide have been hit with a Skype outage that began yesterday, the BBC reports. The online communications service says that failed “supernodes,” which “act a bit like phone directories,” are at fault. Now, Skype is trying to build “mega-supernodes” to fix the issue. The company says service is slowly returning, with millions back online.