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It's super sunny (not a Cloud in the sky).
Amazon EC2 goes down, taking with it Reddit, Foursquare and Quora -- Cloud computing is all very well until someone trips over a wire and the whole thing goes dark. Reddit, Foursquare and Quora were among the sites affected by Amazon Web Services suffering network latency and connectivity errors this morning, according to the company's own status dashboard.

If you build it, they will invest?
Global Supply-Chain Repairs May Spur Investment Powering Economic Growth -- Joseph Carson, director of global economic research at AllianceBernstein LP in New York, says companies exploiting new ways to ensure cost-effective delivery of raw materials and their own goods may help extend last year's 5.4 percent surge in worldwide fixed investment.

A new outlook.
Supply Chain Executives Finding New Definition of Value -- Speaking at the GHX Healthcare Supply Chain Summit in Dallas, leading supply chain executives said the industry's definition of value for customers is moving from product cost to service provided, according to a release by GHX.

An important type of consumption.
Beer-drinking charts of the day -- What we're seeing here is largely the China effect -- and, more generally, a world where poor people, once they reach a certain minimum income, start hitting the hops.

- Sheena Moore

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