NEW YORK (TheStreet) - All is fair in love, war and Internet.
News Corp. (NWSA)'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) 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
We will communicate further when we have more information. - from @NYTimesComm (3/3)— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 14, 2013
While we are restoring The NYT Web site, we are posting key stories from our news report to our Facebook page: http://t.co/UHXi1Bjajp— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 14, 2013In 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.
Bonus lunchtime reading: http://t.co/SoKzGPewUF is free to everyone for the next 2 hours.— Dow Jones (@DowJones) August 14, 2013Unlike 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 >To contact the writer of this article, click here: LeonLazaroff.>.
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