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Monday, March 03, 2014

Not a Chinese virus. Twitter was brought down by Ellen's Oscar selfie




Samsung was one sponsor of last night's Academy Awards broadcast, and host Ellen DeGeneres used a white Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone to take selfies with celebs in the audience. She said she wanted to set a record for re-tweeting.  CLICK for video of selfie session.
The group photo was quickly retweeted more than two million times, breaking the previous record set by President Obama with the picture of him hugging FLOTUS Michelle after his 2012 re-election.
Twitter tweeted an apology because the Oscar retweeting disrupted service for more than 20 minutes. Chinese hackers: take note.

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