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Sean Ludwig at Venture Beat • Sat 2012 Jun 30, 2:01pm
An outage of Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud in North Virginia has taken down Netflix, Pinterest, Instagram, and other services. According to numerous Twitter updates and our own checks, all three services are unavailable as of Friday evening at 9:10 p.m. PT. Amazon’s service health dashboard indicates that there are power issues in its North Virginia data center, most likely caused by severe storms in the region. The outage underscores the vulnerabilities of depending on the public cloud versus using your own data centers. Independent checks by VentureBeat of Netflix, Instagram, Pinterest, and Heroku show each site not operating. • Wed 2009 Jun 17, 4:40pm

Technical problems are degrading the accuracy of signals from the latest GPS satellite launched by the Pentagon, sparking worries about the next generation of satellites. • Mon 2009 Feb 23, 8:59am

In the four years since a Texas woman was killed when a piece of concrete fell from an interstate bridge and crashed through her windshield, more than two dozen other people have filed similar claims against the state. Although no deaths were reported, information provided to The Associated Press under an open records request shows 26 people have filed claims against the state involving falling concrete since Osborn's fatal accident in June 2004.