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Amazon outage takes down social, news sites

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Seattle—Amazon.com's Web Service, which provides online storage and services for companies offering cloud-based solutions, suffered an outage Thursday, bringing a number of news and social sites down with it.

Social “check-in” site Foursquare was inaccessible, along with social channel tool HootSuite, news aggregator Reddit and answer site Quora. At deadline today, Reddit remained in “emergency mode,” as its site noted, with “no ETA at this time” as to when the full site might be operable.

Amazon's Service Health Dashboard indicated today that service is being restored gradually by region across the country. Amazon stated on the site that it can't say when all affected areas will be restored.

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