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Top Sites Go Down After Amazon Outage

Amazon’s Web Services, which powers online services for a number of top sites, suffered an outage overnight and some well-known sites are down. Among the long list of victims: Quora, Reddit, and, at least for a time, Foursquare. At 8:54 am PT, Amazon said it was working to resolve the issue and was “starting to see progress on these efforts, but are not there yet.”

Outages on the web are, of course, not news, but the scope of the Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) Web Services outage will presumably lead some sites to question their reliance on it. In describing the Web Services business, Amazon has said it is growing “very fast” and has talked about investing more in it to handle that growth.