Booting Up: Brace for Social’s Invasion of Netflix


Don’t be alarmed, but it’s very possible you wasted money on that smart TV. [PC Mag]

Companies might be reconsidering Amazon Web Services, after one outage too many. [Wall Street Journal]

Netflix is preparing to roll out new social features, like the ability to share what you’ve watched (if you want) through the company’s Facebook app. So you’d better finish watching every available episode of “Say Yes to the Dress” on the double quick. [TPM]

Doesn’t look like Poke is going to dethrone Snapchat juuust yet. [GigaOm]

Speaking of online video: is Hulu about to lose a lot of employees? [AllThingsD]

We hope you didn’t bet any serious money on the new version of Myspace turning the old girl around. [The Verge]

Archival Quality

This Amazon Storage Facility Will Probably Outlive Us All

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Digital data sure might feel ephemeral, but two big are companies doing their part to make sure everything gets backed up, forever. Last week, Facebook let slip some details about “Sub-Zero,” the company’s planned facility for long-term data storage. And today, Amazon debuted its “Glacier” service, which Ars Technica describes as “a data archival service that will store data for one penny per gigabyte per month.”

That sounds like a pretty good deal, but before you open an account and start backing up your iTunes library, you should probably know that this isn’t exactly normal cloud computing. It’ll take hours to retrive any data stored with the service. This is only for truly long-term archiving. Think data meant to last for centuries.  Read More

Cloud Down

Amazon Still Recovering; Aviary Still Down

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Poor is still down, forced to replace its site with a screenshot of the homepage and an apology: “Our hosting company (amazon EC2) is experiencing a large-scale outage that is affecting many sites across the internet, including Reddit, FourSquare and us. They are working to resolve the problem and we’ll let you know as soon as we’re back. Meanwhile, enjoy this preview of our new homepage!” Read More

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Start-Ups Look to Rackspace as Amazon Outage Drags On


New York start-ups love them some Amazon Web Services, the cloud hosting platform that remotely stores data and makes it easy to add new servers quickly in the event of an increase in usage. But the giant stumbled this morning with an outage at its Eastern data center which took down sites across the web including Reddit, Foursquare and Quora, and while many sites are back up, some continue to experience downtime; locally, web app maker Aviary has been down all day. Read More

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Amazon Web Services and the Lean Startup Ecosystem

All Is Not Well In This Cloud

One of the most interesting developments in the tech industry since the dot com days has been the emergence of cloud infrastructure like Amazon web services.

With AWS, young companies are able to scale faster and cheaper. One of the reasons the seed stage ecosystem is so flooded with cash right now is because a small investment is enough to build a viable app and test the market for consumer traction.

So it’s been a trip watching Twitter today as AWS experiences its worst outage on the East Coast in recent memory. It’s not just the little guys. Established companies like Foursquare, Aviary and Thrillist have all been affected. Read More