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

August 19, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Amazon.com down briefly, following Microsoft, Google outages

The Amazon.com portal went down today in an outage that’s likely to cost the Seattle e-commerce giant millions of dollars in lost sales.

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UPDATE: The site is back up, and Amazon stock remains just barely in positive territory. Despite losing some of its momentum once the outage began, the stock is up around 0.35 percent.

Amazon.com also had a major outage in January that lasted 49 minutes.

Amazon Web Services — which powers other sites — isn’t showing outages in North America other than a problem with the AWS console.

The disruption follows a widespread Google outage on Friday that led to a global plunge in Internet traffic and disruption last week of Microsoft’s Outlook and Skydrive services, which¬†caused headaches for millions of users.

With the three largest cloud software companies in the U.S. all having glitches in the same week, you’ve got to wonder if the NSA is updating its routers or something.

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