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NEW YORK (
TheStreet) - All is fair in love, war and Internet.
News Corp.(NWSA - Get Report)'s
The Wall Street Journal wasted no time taking advantage of its chief rival's apparent website malfunction, lowering its paywall at 1:12pm EST.
The website of
New York Times(NYT - Get Report) flagship newspaper went dark at about 11:30am for reasons that the daily said in a
Twitter posting were related to a "server issue" that caused its e-mail and Website to become unavailable.
Part 1/3: As you are undoubtedly aware, we are experiencing a server issue that has resulted in our e-mail and Web site being unavailable.— The New York Times (@nytimes)
August 14, 2013
We believe the outage is the result of an internal issue, which we expect to be resolved soon. (2/3)— The New York Times (@nytimes)
August 14, 2013
In an e-mail, New York Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said the "outage occurred within seconds of a scheduled maintenance update, which we believe was the cause. We are working on fully restoring access to the site."
In a tweet, Dow Jones said "Bonus lunchtime reading: http://WSJ.com is free to everyone for the next 2 hours." Newspaper wars heat-up in cyberspace.
Unlike in NFL games when a coach will take of his headphones if the opposing coach loses a connection, the Journal showed no such good sportsmanship.
Written by Leon Lazaroff in New York
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