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While most parts of the country were back up by 3:00 PM, Los Angeles and several other major cities still reported the site down.
Last year, Amazon took over as the worlds biggest retailer, reported the LA Times. Even a short time down is a big deal. Web content providers often depend on revenue from Amazon's Associate program to keep content free for their readers. If readers can't complete a purchase, they may choose to not make a purchase, or visit later instead. This keeps blog writers and other content providers from getting their 4 or 6 percent referral fee.
Amazon.com has yet to comment on the outage.
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