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'Amazon Web Services is down, so the internet is basically broken'

Amazon Web Services ran into trouble this afternoon, and that was bad news for much of the internet – including The Buffalo News.

Amazon confirmed that it was experiencing a "high error rate" in one of its regional data centers at around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. The company confirmation, posted to AWS's status page, said the outage was also "impacting applications and services dependent on S3," the company's popular cloud-based storage platform.

Here at The News, that meant images periodically failing to appear, error screens instead of story pages, and overall site slowness. (Our apologies, and thank you for your patience while we wait for Amazon to sort things out.)

A number of the Internet's most visible companies are hosted on Amazon Web Services, including Airbnb, Expedia, Netflix, Quora and others.

If you were having trouble accessing a website this afternoon, AWS is probably why. But silver lining? Plenty of internet comedians found humor in the situation:

— The Washington Post contributed to this report.

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