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Amazon Problems Take Sites Offline

Several websites reliant on Amazon Web Services were offline as a result of software problems at an Amazon's data center. Sites including Airbnb, Instagram, Netflix, and Vine experienced hours of problems 25 August 2013 that were triggered by a series of operational problems at the company’s northern Virginia datacenter. Users reported issues, starting at about 4 p.m. EDT, including intermittent access and problems with logging in. Service was restored by about 6 p.m. PDT/ 9 p.m. EDT. Amazon attributed the problems to “partial failure of a networking device.” The company’s own website went dark for about 30 minutes less than a week ago. (BBC)(PC Mag)

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