Dropbox drops the ball

Dropbox, the hugely popular file-sync-store-and-share service, went down Thursday afternoon and remains down more than three hours later. Data synchronization from the website and dekstop application are affected, according to the @Dropbox Twitter feed which also assured customers that their data, while not accessible, remained safe.

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https://twitter.com/BenJarvi/status/289501590950387712

https://twitter.com/szaychuk/status/289559538812727296

Since Dropbox runs on Amazon(s amzn) S3 storage, the snafu sparked concerns about Amazon as well, although Amazon Web Services status page reports no problems.

It’s been a tough week for free cloud services. Microsoft Hotmail and Outlook.com email was down for many customers starting Monday.