Amazon Web Meltdown

At approximately 4PM EST, June 29 2010, Amazon's web services for purchasing items using browsers, the Kindle and iPad/iPhone/Android mobile web apps collapsed.

At approximately 4PM EST, June 29 2010, Amazon's web services for purchasing items using browsers, the Kindle and iPad/iPhone/Android mobile web apps  collapsed.

This afternoon, I realized that I needed a new 72mm filter for a camera lens I had ordered from Amazon earlier in the day.

I put in the search parameters "72mm filter" and results came up, but whenever I tried to click on them, I would see the above 404 screen in either the Chrome or Firefox browsers. Thinking that perhaps my desktop PC was at fault, I attempted a similar purchase on the iPad.

This yielded an error message from the Amazon.com app, indicating that mobile web services were down.

Just to make sure I wasn't completely crazy, I also tried to purchase e-Books via the Kindle store using the iPad Kindle app, and got the above completely blank Kindle Store home screen.

I was able to successfully search for an author "bourdain" but if you attempt to click on any of the books, they have no links.

[EDIT: Services resumed at approximately 8:30PM EST, for a total outage of approximately four and a half hours.]

As far as I know this is the first major systems failure of Amazon.com that I have seen in a very long time. Is anyone else having problems today? Talk back and let me know.