A prolonged outage of Amazon Web Services -- a core component for a vast number of sites and apps -- brought part of the internet to a halt Wednesday, as reported earlier by The Verge. The affected sites include not only major players on the web like Flickr, Adobe Spark and Roku, but at least three news outlets.
The Tampa Bay Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Capital Gazette all took to Twitter to inform readers of their AWS-related downtime.
The New York City Transit Authority said it too was affected, resulting in the inability to update a subway line alert. Other affected sites and services include Glassdoor, Spotify-owned Anchor, Getaround, iRobot and Pokemon Go.
In a statement to The Verge, Amazon said the culprit was its Kinesis Data Streams API, and said it was working on getting the problem fixed. "Kinesis has been experiencing increased error rates this morning in our US-East-1 Region that's impacted some other AWS services," it said.
"For Kinesis Data Streams, the issue is affecting the subsystem that is responsible for handling incoming requests. The team has identified the root cause and is working on resolving the issue affecting this subsystem," it later added.
Amazon didn't immediately respond to CNET's request for comment.
Hong Kong (CNN Business)India has banned dozens more Chinese apps, drawing a rebuke from Beijing and further straining already tense relations between the world's most populous countries.
"We firmly oppose the Indian side's repeated use of 'national security' as an excuse to prohibit some mobile apps with Chinese background," Ji Rong, spokesperson for China's embassy in India, said on Wednesday.
The statement followed the Indian government's announcement on Tuesday that it was banning 43 more apps, many of them Chinese. Several apps from China's e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA), including shopping platform AliExpress, workplace messaging tool DingTalk and streaming site Taobao Live, are on the list. Alibaba did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Dating apps were also hit by the ban.
"This action was taken based on the inputs regarding these apps for engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order," India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said in a statement.
In its response, the Chinese embassy said Beijing has always required Chinese companies operating overseas to abide by international rules and comply with local laws.
Indian officials have now banned more than 200 mostly Chinese apps — including the wildly popular video platform TikTok — in the last five months.
Relations between India and China have been frayed since a deadly border clash in June.
That incident, which left 20 Indian soldiers dead, was followed by calls for calm and deescalation. But negotiations between Indian and Chinese officials failed to make progress, and the tensions have spilled over into the trading relationship, worth more than $80 billion, between the two largest powers in Asia.
Many Indians had called for a boycott of Chinese goods and services, particularly from China's dominant tech industry.
Beijing again pushed back on the pressure campaign on Wednesday, calling on India "to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of international investors, including Chinese companies," a spokesperson for China's Foreign Ministry said.
"The Indian side should immediately correct this discriminatory practice, so as to not bring more damage to the cooperation between the two sides," the spokesperson added.
Source: CNN Business