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**BY ALEX MALLIN**
Vine and Instagram users had to do without the social media platforms for a
little more than an hour Sunday, after a server error simultaneously crashed
both of the apps.
It's apparently a result of issues with the cloud computing provider Amazon
Web Services. Some Netflix, Heroku and Airbnb users reportedly had issues as
well. (Via TechCrunch)
The problem reportedly originated at Amazon's Northern Virginia data center.
Amazon released a statement saying they had identified the root cause and were
investigating how their equipment failed. (Via GeekWire)
With both of the apps down, people unsurprisingly took to Twitter to vent
Instagram then responded by acknowledging the problem and Vine quickly
followed suit. Instagram currently has more than 100 million users while Vine
has 40 million.
The last major outage of the Amazon server was back on Christmas Eve of last
year when Netflix users saw a similar blackout. The company says this is the
first issue it has had this year.
But just last week, Amazon.com itself went down for 40 minutes. The outage is
estimated to have cost the company as much as $5 million. (Via Gigaom)