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A typo brought half the Internet down

Amazon Web Services (AWS) had an outage on Tuesday, affecting thousands of websites and companies using AWS. Now typically, service providers like AWS would have redundancy built in to avoid exactly this kind of a scenario. So what went wrong? A typo, it turns out. "At 9:37AM PST, an authorized S3 team member using an established playbook executed a command which was intended to remove a small number of servers for one of the S3 subsystems that is used by the S3 billing process. Unfortunately, one of the inputs to the command was entered incorrectly and a larger set of servers was removed than intended," said Amazon in a statement.  The error led to AWS restarting its service, and the system restart took longer than the company had...

VMware, AWS collaborating to launch VMware Cloud on AWS

VMware and Amazon Web Services have inked a strategic alliance to build and deliver a jointly-architected solution called VMware Cloud on AWS. The solution will enable customers to run applications across VMware vSphere-based private, public, and hybrid cloud environments. VMware Cloud on AWS will allow VMware customers to use their existing VMware software and tools to leverage AWS services, including storage, databases, and analytics, VMware in a statement. VMware Cloud on AWS runs an unified SDDC (software-defined data center) platform that integrates VMware vSphere, VMware Virtual SAN and NSX virtualization technologies, and will provide access to the full range of AWS services. It will run on next-generation, elastic, bare metal AWS infrastructure. Availability Available in mid-2017, VMware Cloud on AWS will be delivered, sold, and supported by VMware as an on-demand, elastically scalable...

AWS aunches Elastic File System

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS), a fully-managed service that lets users set up and create file systems in the AWS cloud that are accessible to multiple Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances via the Network File System (NFS) protocol. Amazon EFS can automatically scale without needing to provision storage or throughput, and is designed to support a range of file workloads – from big data analytics, media processing, and genomics analysis, to latency-sensitive use cases such as content management, home directory storage, and web serving, says AWS. Customers can launch Amazon EFS using the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), or AWS SDKs. “As customers continue to move more and more of their IT infrastructure to AWS, they’ve asked for...

Amazon launches online educational resource service for teachers with Inspire

Amazon is entering the education technology market with an online marketplace of digital educational resources. Called Amazon Inspire, the platform will let educators upload or access free digital teaching resources, says the company. The marketplace is expected to have thousands of free lesson plans, worksheets, and instructional materials for teachers of K-12 education to use. Where is the content coming from? The U.S. Department of Education is providing resources to Amazon Inspire from College Scorecard (a collection of information for making choices about which college to attend). Other contributing publishers include EdLeader21 Buck Institute for Education, Newseum, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. Amazon is also reaching out to teachers, schools, districts and states, calling them to contribute by uploading, sharing, and reviewing resources. Early adopter states of Amazon Inspire are Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts and Vermont, early adopter...

Developers have released over 1000 skills for Alexa, says Amazon

Developers have now released over 1,000 skills for Alexa, the cloud-based virtual assistant from Amazon, using the Smart Home Skill API within the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), says the retail giant. A quick look at what some developers are building: Capital One - Is using ASK to give its customers voice access to banking information, so they could hear how much money they have in their accounts or make credit card payments. Domino’s - Customers can order and track their pizza hands-free using Alexa. Fitbit - Is leveraging ASK to provide users with voice access to their health and fitness stats.  Kayak - Is using ASK to give customers a way to access their travel details with their voice. SmartThings - An open platform for the smart home, is using ASK and...

Amazon plans $3 billion investment in India

Amazon is planning to invest $3 million in India, bringing the company's total investment in the country to $5 billion to date. The announcement was made by Jeff Bezos, chief executive of the company at a meeting of business leaders with the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in Washington on Tuesday. Amazon partners with logistics service provider ConnectIndia in the country to appoint offline associates across retail points like kirana or local grocery stores, pharmacies, and mobile shopping outlets, armed with a PC-based website. The store owners are trained to help customers find and buy products of their choice, while earning a commission in the process. Amazon.in then delivers the products to the customer’s doorsteps or to ConnectIndia centers, and they pay in cash while receiving the packages. The...

ARM And x86 Server-Class Microprocessor Revenue Will Increase 1.3%

Worldwide x86 and ARM server-class microprocessor revenue will increase 1.3% to $13.9 billion, while server microprocessor market unit shipments will increase 3.5% to 22.9 million units in 2016, according to a study by IDC. Among the report's cited growth drivers for server-class microprocessors in 2016 are substantial direct purchases by major cloud service providers, such as Google and Amazon, and the use of server microprocessors in system categories outside of servers, such as storage systems and networking systems. In the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16), IDC estimated that 17.3% of x86 and ARM server-class processors—primarily Intel Xeon—were shipped for storage, networking, and embedded systems, compared to 8.8% in 1Q13. The report also cites a competitive shift coming. After many years of ecosystem development and processor designs that failed...

Amazon Takes On YouTube With Self-Publishing Video

Online retail behemoth Amazon has launched a video platform that lets users upload videos to the company's content delivery service. Amazon Prime streaming service was offering videos to users; with AVD the company creates a platform for user-generated videos, intensifying its competition with YouTube. Called Amazon Video Direct (AVD), the company's new platform lets content providers decide whether their video will be included in Prime Video, available as an add-on subscription, offered as a one-time rental or purchase, or be available to Amazon customers ad-supported. AVD launch partners include: Conde Nast Entertainment, HowStuffWorks, Samuel Goldwyn Films, The Guardian, Mashable, Mattel, StyleHaul, Kin Community, Jash, Business Insider, Machinima, TYT Network, Baby Einstein, CJ Entertainment America, Xive TV, Synergetic Distribution, Kino Nation, Journeyman Pictures, and Pro Guitar Lessons.

Tech Companies Continue To Spend Lobbying Dollars

Google slashed spending on lobbying by 25.5 percent in the first quarter of 2016 to $3.8 million, while AT&T reported the highest lobbying outlay at $4.48 million, according to latest numbers released by the Consumer Watchdog. Seven of the companies spent more than $2 million on lobbying. Twelve spent more than $1 million on lobbying in the first quarter. Google spent $5.1 million in the comparable 2015 period and AT&T's spending was up 2.5 percent from $4.37 million in 2015, according to disclosure reports recently filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Facebook, which has been increasing its Washington presence, spent $2.78 million, an increase of 13.9 percent from $2.44 million, in the comparable 2015 quarter. Microsoft also topped $2 million in lobbying spending. It reported expenditures...

Amazon Buys Elemental

Amazon has reached an agreement to acquire Elemental Technologies, a company that provides software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery.  Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, and are subject to closing conditions. The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2015. Elemental will continue to operate under its existing brand, as well as expand the integration of its offerings with AWS, says Amazon.

Amazon’s MySQL-Compatible Database Engine Available Now

Aurora, Amazon's MySQL-compatible database engine is now available to all customers, says the Seattle-based company. More than a thousand AWS customers, including global enterprises and startups from a range of industries, participated in the preview, says Amazon.  The company claims Amazon Aurora can provide up to five times better performance than the typical MySQL database, with availability as good or better than commercial databases – at one-tenth the cost.

Amazon Hiring 1000 People In UK

Amazon is hiring a staff of about 1,000 in the UK. The staff will not be on its list of seasonal workers, but on the company's permanent payroll. The retail giant is Britain's biggest online retailer, and employs roughly 6,000 people in its warehouses. According to a report by Sean Farrell at The Guardian, Amazon permanent employees get £7.39 an hour on an average, and can earn about £8.90 an hour after two years.

Amazon Launches Fire HD Tablets For Children

Amazon has launched Fire HD Kids Edition, a tablet the company says is built from the ground up for kids. There is more. The Fire HD Kids Edition comes with a two-year worry-free guarantee, Amazon says it will replace the tablet no questions asked if kids break it. The tablet also includes a year of Amazon FreeTime unlimited, at no additional cost. The Fire Kids Edition features a quad-core processor, HD display, front- and rear-facing cameras, as well as Dolby Digital audio. The tablets are available for pre-oder, and available in two flavors - $149 for a 6” tablet and $189 for a 7” tablet.

Amazon CFO To Retire

Thomas Szkutak, senior vice president and chief financial officer at online retail behemoth Amazon, will retire from the company in June 2015. Mr. Szkutak has been Amazon’s CFO since joining the company in October 2002. Brian Olsavsky, vice president of Finance for the company’s global consumer business, will succeed Mr. Szkutak as CFO.

Amazon Buys Gaming Video Platform Twitch

Amazon has reached an agreement to acquire Twitch Interactive for $970 million. Twitch provides a  live video platform that lets gamers watch and broadcast video game play. The site Twitch.TV is extremely popular with gamers, with more than 55 million unique visitors viewing over 15 billion minutes of content in July. Jeff Bezos (Founder and CEO of Amazon): Like Twitch, we obsess over customers and like to think differently, and we look forward to learning from them and helping them move even faster to build new services for the gaming community.” The acquisition is expected to close in the second half of 2014.