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AWS starts the holiday weekend with sustained outages

AWS encountered a series of problems at the US-East-1 data center region in Northern Virginia on Wednesday morning, leading to increased error rates for a variety of key services, including the services it uses to update its cloud status page.


According to that status page, which was updated just after 8 a.m. PT, the dozens of services affected include its Cognito identity management service, Lambda serverless computing service, and SageMaker, which helps customers build and train AI models. Just before 10 a.m PT, AWS updated the status page to clarify which services are directly affected by the root cause of the problems: an outage for the Amazon Kinesis Data Streams service, which is having a cascading effect.

The outage comes just before the cloud leader's biggest event of the year, and did not sit well with customers who rely on those services within their own apps.

Big Tech benefits from Biden’s sweeping immigration actions

Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai praised President Biden's immigration actions, which read like a tech industry wishlist.

Newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden signed two immigration-related executive orders on Wednesday.

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Immediately after being sworn in as president Wednesday, Joe Biden signed two pro-immigration executive orders and delivered an immigration bill to Congress that reads like a tech industry wishlist. The move drew enthusiastic praise from tech leaders, including Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.

President Biden nullified several of former-President Trump's most hawkish immigration policies. His executive orders reversed the so-called "Muslim ban" and instructed the attorney general and the secretary of Homeland Security to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, which the Trump administration had sought to end. He also sent an expansive immigration reform bill to Congress that would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals and make it easier for foreign U.S. graduates with STEM degrees to stay in the United States, among other provisions.

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Emily Birnbaum

Emily Birnbaum ( @birnbaum_e) is a tech policy reporter with Protocol. Her coverage focuses on the U.S. government's attempts to regulate one of the most powerful industries in the world, with a focus on antitrust, privacy and politics. Previously, she worked as a tech policy reporter with The Hill after spending several months as a breaking news reporter. She is a Bethesda, Maryland native and proud Kenyon College alumna.

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