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Amazon.com Goes Down in Unlikely Outage, Pops Back Up

Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN), the world's largest online retailer, went down briefly this morning in an unlikely and unexpected outage.

Users who logged on to the site were greeted by one simple message: "Http/1.1 Service Unavailable."

While outages have become an annual occurrence for Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) various services, this is one of the rare moments when Amazon's retail sales have been halted by an outage.

As a corporation, Amazon has experienced numerous problems through its cloud services unit. The company is famous for causing a massive outage that took down Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) on Christmas Day, angering millions of customers worldwide. During the same period, Amazon's own video service continued to run without a hitch.

Today's outage turned out to be so brief that Twitter -- the place where everyone turns to rant about their favorite tech problems -- has been rather quiet this morning.

Louis Bedigian is the Senior Tech Analyst and Features Writer of Benzinga. You can reach him at 248-636-1322 or louis(at)benzingapro(dot)com. Follow him @LouisBedigianBZ

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