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AWS outage knocks Amazon, Netflix, Tinder and IMDb in MEGA data collapse

Amazon's Web Services (AWS) have suffered a monster outage affecting the company's cloudy systems, bringing some sites down with it in the process. The service disruption hit AWS customers including Netflix, Tinder and IMDb, as well as Amazon's Instant Video and Books websites. The outage may also explain Airbnb's current …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Sep 2015

You've just woken from a 3-year coma. Cloud is everywhere. So how are you gonna make your millions and retire?

Collision 2015 It wasn't that long ago that when you wanted decent software you went to a retail store like Staples and bought a cardboard box with a CD inside. Then slowly we moved to downloading software and now it's hard to imagine anyone carrying a box to a counter when they can sit in their office or at home with a computer and a …

Amazon cloud knocked out by violent storms in Virginia

A wave of "hurricane-like" thunderstorms ripped across Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, and Virginia on Friday night, leaving more than 3.5 million people without power and knocking out the US-East-1 data center operated by Amazon Web Services. Netflix, Pinterest, Instagram, and Heroku, which run their services atop Amazon's …
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Amazon web services back up and running

Amazon has finally resolved the lingering issues from the outage last weekend, but the root cause of the power failure has yet to be determined by energy provider ESB Networks. The web giant said at the time that lightning had struck a transformer in Dublin on Sunday, which knocked out all power provision including the back-up …
Paul Kunert, 12 Aug 2011
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Transition leaves frustrated corporates locked out of Google Groups

Users are becoming increasingly frustrated that Google has been locking out users from Google Groups as the result of changes it made when it separated Google Apps accounts from Gmail and other consumer accounts around six months ago. Revising account structures to separate Google Apps accounts and Gmail accounts by itself …
John Leyden, 7 Jun 2011
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Google's move into mortgages spawns lawsuit

Google's possible move into offering competitive mortgage quotes has sparked a lawsuit. The search engine giant is allegedly in talks with Mortech, a provider of technology that helps automate lender offer pricing. Mortech already supplies this pricing engine technology to LendingTree, which is far from pleased at the prospect …
John Leyden, 27 Aug 2009
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Vodafone's Ovi-killer leaks

The world's biggest global mobile network appears to be planning to put the skids under Nokia, Google and Apple's plans for mobile software. According to videos leaked to TechCrunch UK last week, Vodafone is planning a comprehensive services offering called "Vodafone People". Apple might not be too worried, but Nokia and Google …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Aug 2009
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Nokia's Ovi can't fail - must fail

Comment It must be frustrating to sketch out a long-term technology roadmap in great depth, and see it come to fruition... only to goof on your own execution. But to do so repeatedly - as Nokia has - points to something seriously wrong. Nokia spent more than a decade preparing for Tuesday this week, when it finally launched its own …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 May 2009
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Nokia cuts Ovi fluff

Nokia's rationalisation of its sprawling, me-too services is gradually becoming clearer. Late last month, the world's biggest phone manufacturer said it was taking 450 staff out of its operation, "to open up deeper and greater opportunities for third parties." Yesterday Nokia confirmed that Ovi Share would not be further …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 May 2009
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Amazon pulls beta tag from PayPal foe

Amazon's Flexible Payments Service has been taken out of its 19-month run as a limited beta, opening the online vendor's payment infrastructure to everyone. To get things rolling, it's also launched Amazon FPS Quick Starts, a series of APIs to make it easier for developers to include fancy transaction processing tricks like …
Austin Modine, 5 Feb 2009
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Microsoft moves Macs closer to PC parity

Macworld Expo Microsoft has announced two products designed to provide users of Office 2008 for Mac with improved access to existing server-based Microsoft services. The first of the two, Microsoft Entourage for Exchange Web Services, will be a free upgrade to Entourage 2008 for Mac that will enable that email, contacts, and calendaring …
Rik Myslewski, 6 Jan 2009
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Amazon's cloud spreads into content delivery

Amazon's ever-cumulating cloud is today rolling into the business of speedy Internet content delivery. The online bookseller today flipped the beta switch on Amazon CloudFront, a new service that caches high-traffic content on the company's worldwide network of edge locations so it's always near the end-user for low latency …
Austin Modine, 18 Nov 2008
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Hyperic tells Amazon's cloud to turn its head, cough

Open source systems management specialist Hyperic is sticking its inquisitive probe into's cloud. The firm this week launched, a website that monitors and reports the status of Amazon's web services. It currently provides a non-customer specific view of Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Simple …
Austin Modine, 25 Jun 2008

Web startups crumble under Amazon S3 outage

Amazon Web Services was struck by a temporary outage today, dragging the thousands of web sites which rely on its hosted storage down with it. Reports of content stored on Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3) being unavailable or performing poorly began appearing around 5AM PST. Hardest hit by the outage was the crowd of "web …
Austin Modine, 15 Feb 2008
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The Holy Grail of services: SCA

How many times lately have you come across a column on Service Oriented Architecture (or SOA)? Or an article telling you that SOA is the next big thing? Or that SOA is the way we should all be building systems? Personally, it seems to happen to me all the time. Recently, I was in a hotel in Frankfurt, and was waiting in the …
John Hunt, 13 Mar 2007

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