MEDIA: The Year Of Dying Famously

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michael-jackson-caricature.thumbnail.jpgBBC: The internet suffered a number of slowdowns as people the world over rushed to verify accounts of Michael Jackson’s death. Search giant Google confirmed to the BBC that when the news first broke it feared it was under attack. Millions of people who Googled the star’s name were greeted with an error page rather than a list of results. It warned users “your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application”. Google was not the only company overwhelmed by the public’s clamour for information. MORE

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