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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

January 31, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Wow: Major Amazon.com site outage

Amazon.com is having a major site outage with the main storefront unavailable. I wonder if it will slow the recent gains in Amazon.com stock – Amazon’s sales average over $100,000 per minute.

Here’s what I’m getting at my office next door to Amazon:

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While Amazon.com’s main site is down, the company’s web services provided to other companies are up and running fine, according to the Amazon Web Services health dashboard.

I’ve asked the company what’s happening and will update if or when I hear back.

Meanwhile the stock’s down about 2.5 percent to $265.80, after opening at $271.17.

UPDATE: The site is apparently back up. The stock isn’t – it’s down around $8.50.

Sitedown.co suggest the site was out for about an hour. Apparently the outage affected Amazon P.R. as well.

UPDATE 2: Spokesman Ty Rogers provided a statement confirming that there was an outage but providing no details about what happened. The statement:

“The gateway page of Amazon.com was offline to some customers for approximately 49 minutes. Other pages of the site were accessible and AWS was not impacted.”

A person with inside knowledge of the situation said it was “not related to any outside group.”

I haven’t seen any heads rolling down Terry Avenue yet.

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