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InformationWeek's Most Important Cover Stories

We're giving up our paper magazine to go all-digital. Here's a look back at some of our best magazine work over 28 terrifically turbulent years.
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Amazon's IT Agenda

Jeff Bezos never looked so buff. By November 2000, it was becoming clear that the IT infrastructure of fast-growing Amazon.com was, in our words, "in serious need of bulking up." To drive that point home, we superimposed Bezos's smiling face on the body of Charles Atlas and put a cartoon image of the Amazon CEO on the cover of our magazine. At the time, Amazon had doubled tech spending over nine months, from $102 million to $200 million. The money was going toward a new data warehouse, logistics and marketing software, Web infrastructure and a second data center. The upgrades were needed to support the company's booming Web-based retail operations, but they also became the foundation of a new business, Amazon Web Services. Amazon had just begun "decoupling" system components to let other e-commerce companies integrate AWS's site features into their own sites. By 2003, Amazon would draft a business plan for sharing more of its functionality as services through APIs. The next year, it introduced its first public cloud offering, Simple Queue Service. Today, Amazon still doesn't break out the revenue it generates from cloud and other IT-based services, but analysts put it above $2 billion annually.

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Cara Latham
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6/24/2013 | 1:22:56 PM
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So many years of excellent coverage. Here's to continued great coverage in the digital realm!
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6/24/2013 | 2:13:50 PM
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What? No coverage of Kim Kardashian's baby?
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6/24/2013 | 3:13:16 PM
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Slideshow coming soon. :-)
Paul Travis
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6/26/2013 | 2:42:50 PM
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After my 18 years here, this feels HUGE.

Jim Donahue
Managing Editor, InformationWeek
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6/26/2013 | 11:29:51 PM
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The print article dropped the last two words of the 7/9/2012 GM cover description. Another reason print is dieing. Not that the typos aren't worse, but you can't fix'm after they print'm
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6/27/2013 | 9:15:09 PM
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Ouch -- I hadn't seen that, and you're right about the finality of sending something to the printer. But trust me, an error in digital hurts, too.
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