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Amazon Web Services Disruption Knocks Customer Sites Offline

Amazon.com Inc.’s Internet-based computing services, used by thousands of business customers to run their Web pages and store data, crashed this morning and knocked sites across the U.S. offline.

Amazon Web Services servers in northern Virginia suffered outages beginning at about 5 a.m. local time, affecting a portion of U.S. customers, the Seattle-based company said. Twelve hours later, Amazon said all but one zone in the U.S. had been restored.