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Our CTO Brion Vibber offered a fascinating post on the Foundation’s Tech Blog today, highlighting the incredible traffic spike and related problems caused by the news of singer Michael Jackson’s reported death.

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Expect the tech blog to be updated as other server developments unfold, and of course the Wikipedia article to go through some fascinating evolution and discussion.

Jay Walsh, Head of Communications

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This is an awesome and interesting post, how ironic that MJ leaves and temporarily takes down Wikipedia with him!

“Internal Server Error”. Fascinating indeed.

[…] death just about blew up the Internet this past week, and Wikipedia was no exception, even getting briefly knocked offline. And as the New York Times’ tech reporter Noam Cohen reported, the stunning news produced […]