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Slice Of The Channel: Another Facebook Outage, Apple Slashes iPhone Production And More Top Headlines

CRNtv rounds up the top news from Facebook, Microsoft, Apple and Google Cloud.

Facebook suffered its second outage during the month of November, and its third major outage since August. The outage affected users in the US as well as parts of Europe and South America. The outage comes as Facebook’s stock price continues to slide. The company is on track to post a three-month losing streak, its worst since it went public in 2012.

[Related: Facebook Went Down Again, Along With Its Workplace Collaboration Tool]

Microsoft is in the process of restoring service to users locked out of their Office 365 accounts. Users first reported the issue early Monday morning. Microsoft says the issue was caused by a problem related to the company’s multi-factor authentication services. The outage affected Azure users as well.

Apple slashes production of its new iPhones. Demand for the devices, especially for the most affordably priced iPhone XR, has been weaker than expected. That’s according to the Wall Street Journal, who reports that Apple initially reduced its production plan for the iPhone XR in Oct. by up to a third of the original 70 million units. Apple reduced production again this week. It’s also reportedly reducing orders for its two higher priced models: the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max.

[Related: CRN Exclusive: Google Channel Chief Tells Partners To 'Put On Your Seat Belt And Jump In Now']

Diane Greene will depart Google Cloud. Greene was hired three years ago to build Google's cloud-computing business. She’s being replaced by former Oracle exec Thomas Kurian. Greene is credited with expanding Google’s sales force and striking deals with clients like as Target HSBC, but failed to gain market share at the same rate as Microsoft. As a result, Google remains a tiny player in the crowded cloud market dominated by Amazon.

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