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Alexa, Tinder, Disney+, Other Amazon Web Services Crash



Amazon and all of its services have crashed across the globe, knocking out other popular websites like Tinder and Venmo that rely on the company’s cloud servers and affecting thousands of consumers.

The platform, Amazon Music and Prime video, Alexa, Ring and Amazon Web Services, which offers a series of services for online applications, all started experiencing problems at 10:40am ET.

Amazon officials stated they have identified the ‘root cause’ of the problem and were working to fix it, according to Dailymail.

Amazon said the outage was likely due to issues related to application programming interface, which is a set of protocols for building and integrating application software.

‘We are experiencing API and console issues in the US-EAST-1 Region,’ Amazon said in a report on its service health dashboard.

In a later update, the company reported that it was ‘starting to see some signs of recovery’ but could not say when the service will be fully restored.

‘We do not have an ETA for full recovery at this time,’ Amazon stated.

The Amazon Web Services outage is far worse than the others because it provides cloud computing services to individuals, universities, governments and companies around the world.

The outage has impacted a wide variety of service providers worldwide, among them iRobot, Chime, CashApp, CapitalOne, GoDaddy, the Associated Press, Instacart Kindle and Roku. Some users also reported issues with Disney+, but the app appeared to be back online just before 1pm in New York.

Ring said it was aware of the issue and working to resolve it. ‘A major Amazon Web Services (AWS) outage is currently impacting our iRobot Home App,’ iRobot said on its website.

Amazon’s website is down for at least 20,000 users in the US, but others say the app and ability to checkout carts is also not working properly – frustrating those attempting to buy Christmas gifts.

DownDetector, a site that monitors online outages, shows North America, parts of Europe and Asia are all experiencing issues.

As of 12.35PM, the site showed more than 28,000 issues reported with Amazon Web Services.

According to Amazon’s status page, the outages are concentrated around the US East 1 AWS region hosted in Virginia, so not all users may be experiencing outages.

‘We have identified root cause and we are actively working towards recovery,’ the company stated.

The crash comes just with just 18 days until Christmas, so many people are currently purchasing gifts – but they will have to wait a little longer to fulfill their holiday list.

And many consumers have flocked to Twitter to share this frustration.

Twitter user ‘The Public Archive’ tweeted: ‘ Amazon is down. The war on Christmas has begun.’

While ‘MoonChild’ is upset the platform crashed right in the middle of their Christmas shopping.

Some users are also having issues with Amazon Music, which some consumers pay $16 a month to access.

Amazon experienced a similar issue in July, when its services were disrupted for nearly two hours and at the peak of the disruption, more than 38,000 user reports indicated issues with Amazon’s online stores.

And in June, the company experienced another outage.

The Jeff Bezos-founded company was one of hundreds of websites around the world that went down on June 8 – others were CNN, The New York Times, Shopify, PayPal, Reddit, the White House and British Government.

Reports said issues were caused by a ‘service configuration’ at their server provider Fastly triggered mass outages.

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BREAKING: APC Convention To Hold February 26, Says Buni



The All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker Committee Chairman Mai Mala Buni has announced February 26 as the date for the APC convention.

Buni, who is also the governor of Yobe State, said this on Tuesday at the national progressive women conference 2022 holding at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja.

He said the party is counting on the support of women to hold a successful convention.

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Lagos Transporters To Pay ₦800 Daily Levy, Excluding RTEAN, NURTW Dues



…Effective From February 1

Lagos State government, on Tuesday, introduced a daily ₦800 consolidated informal transport levy for transporters in the state.

The levy is outside the union dues collected by the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN).

Lagos State finance commissioner, Dr Rabiu Olowo, who revealed this at the agreement-signing ceremony by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), local councils and transport unions, said that the consolidated levy collection will start February 1.

He stated that the harmonized levy became expedient to ensure that the transport sector in the state is organised and fits into a 21st-century economy.

Olowo added that the consolidated levy takes into consideration all the elements in a sane society.

According to him, the levy takes care of dues previously accrued to local councils across the state, as well as revenue for Lagos Waste Management Authority (LASWA) and Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Lagos State Inland Revenue Service (LIRS) among other MDAs.

He said that the state government expects that once a transporter pays the ₦800 at a point, he or she is expected not to pay at any other park or bus stop throughout the day.

He also said that the government expects that union members will not collect levies from transporters as they are not expected to pay at every bus stop or park.

Olowo said the consolidated levy would reduce the multiplicity of levies collection as many residents and transporters have complained about the huge levies unions often collected.

The commissioner also made an allusion to a report about the ₦150bn that transport unions collect in Lagos under the disguise of collecting dues, saying the new development will eliminate multiple taxes.

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House Of Reps To Reintroduce Electoral Act Amendment Bill Wednesday



The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has disclosed that the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, which was rejected by President Muhammadu Buhari, will be reintroduced Wednesday for a rework by the lawmakers.

President Muhammadu Buhari had in December rejected the Bill, citing issues with direct primary provisions.

Gbajabiamila, in his welcome address at the resumption of plenary Tuesday while chiding the appalling argument that lack of proper membership registration of the political parties was among the reasons why the Bill should be rejected, however stated that a credible electoral law is what the people want and that is what they will get.

He also assured Nigerians that the lawmakers will prioritize action to pass the constitutional amendment bill.

Thereafter, the lawmakers went into a close door session.

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