Feb 28, 2017

Amazon cloud issues send Web publishers scrambling

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A significant problem with Amazon Web Services is causing big headaches for Web publishers on Tuesday. Businesses across the Web count on Amazon's cloud to make their sites function (including Axios, which relies on AWS to handle, among other things, the images that go with our stories).

Slack and Medium were among those experiencing issues related to the AWS problem. Amazon described the issue on its status page as "high error rates" with its U.S. East Coast servers.

We're continuing to work to remediate the availability issues for Amazon S3... AWS services and customer applications depending on S3 will continue to experience high error rates as we are actively working to remediate the errors in Amazon S3.

Meanwhile, the Internet knows how to have some fun with an outage. There are a few great reactions here, here and here.

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Stocks fall 3% as coronavirus cases spike

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Wall Street had its worst day in two years on Monday, following a spike in coronavirus cases in South Korea and Italy. The S&P 500 fell 3.3%, the Nasdaq Composite fell 3.7% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average sunk 1,030 points (3.5%).

The big picture: This is the U.S. stock market's biggest reaction thus far to the coronavirus, which has largely shrugged it off as a threat to the global economy (though the bond market has not). While the S&P is down from record highs — which it notched last week — the index is still above lows touched earlier this year.

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WHO won't call coronavirus a pandemic as cases spread

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The World Health Organization will not yet call the coronavirus a pandemic, claiming that needs across affected countries are too varied and the classification would increase fear, per a briefing Monday.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures in efforts to thwart the spread of the virus, WHO expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,620 people and infected almost 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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