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Five Companies That Dropped The Ball This Week

For the week ending Dec. 28, CRN looks at five companies that were either asleep at the wheel or just didn't make good decisions.

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Amazon Web Services Goes Dark In Christmas Eve Glitch

In a scenario that can best be described as Grinch-like, Amazon Web Service suffered an outage on Christmas Eve that ended up taking out Netflix during what surely would have been a busy night of online movie delivery.

Netflix pointed the finger at Amazon for the unfortunate turn of events. "We're sorry for the Christmas Eve outage. Terrible timing! Engineers are working on it now. Stay tuned to @Netflixhelps for updates," Netflix tweeted at 4:25 p.m. PST, Dec. 25.

Amazon said the outage was due to an issue with AWS Elastic Load Balancing, according to the New York Times, but AWS has yet to offer a more substantial explanation of what went wrong.

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