Failure At Amazon.com Data Center Takes Down Several Web Sites

NEW YORK (AP) — There are still problems accessing some web sites, because of trouble earlier Thursday at a data center run by Amazon.com.

Scores of websites and Internet services like Foursquare and Reddit crashed or had limited availability.

The problems revealed widespread reliance on Amazon Web Services, which rents out computer and data storage on a self-service basis.

Amazon says the trouble started early this morning at a data center in Northern Virginia.

Foursquare, which lets people tell others where they are, is still experiencing some technical issues. HootSuite, which provides a “dashboard” for social media, has been down completely.

Reddit, which is a “social news” site, has been in “emergency read-only mode.”

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