TECH BYTES: Jackson shuts down Web sites

June 26, 2009 8:11:53 AM PDT
Michael Jackson's death sent shock waves throughout the Web.

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News of the pop icon's death first broke on the Web site TMZ and quickly spread across the net causing several major sites to crash.

TMZ reportedly went down several times and the LA Times crashed after it confirmed the story. Google news described searches as volcanic. Jackson's death also dominated discussions on sites like Twitter and Facebook. Twitter generated twice the normal tweets per second -- the most since president Obama was elected in November -- before it crashed.

Microsoft has released pricing details for its new Windows 7 operating system. The main consumer version will sell for $120, $10 less than it cost to upgrade to the last OS, Windows Vista. Anyone who buys a new PC running Vista between today and January 31st will get a free upgrade to Windows 7. The new software goes on sale October 22nd.

Finally, Star Wars fanatics can soon imitate their favorite Jedi Knight in style while playing the Wii. The official Star Wars lightsaber goes on sale this fall. It will be available it both green and blue and work with a number of Star Wars themed games on the Wii. No word yet on how much it will cost.

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