Good morning!

Did you notice any apps not working on your phone? Perhaps no Netflix?

That’s because for the past few hours, Amazon Web Services has been undergoing a widespread outage.

This has affected Netflix, Product Hunt, Nest, Reddit, Medium, IMDB, Social Flow, and Amazon’s own Alexa and Instant Video services for users across eastern North America.

The culprit appears to be Amazon’s DynamoDB in Northern Virginia:

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And, predictably, the Internet is freaking out:

VentureBeat uses SocialFlow to schedule social media posts. You might have noticed that links in our social media streams lead you to a 503 error page. We’re, uh, hoping Amazon sorts that out.

This is likely to be a very costly mistake for Amazon. Back in 2013, a similar outage cost Amazon a reported $1,100 per second.

In the meantime, go outside. Lay in the grass and consider the cascading effects of our entire modern lives residing in fallible computer systems.

Update 11:50 AM ET: Most services appear to be back online, and the AWS service dashboard is showing all green.


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