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Following the unexpected news of Michael Jackson's death June 25, Yahoo might want to think about changing its slogan to: “Your home on the Web.” According to Editor Nicholas Carlson of the Business Insider's ( Silicon Valley Insider, Yahoo News received a record 16.4 million unique visitors in one day. It reached an hourly record of 4 million visitors between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., and recorded its fourth busiest day ever, with 175 million page views. “Michael Jackson rushed to hospital” was the most-clicked-upon story in the company's history, generating 800,000 clicks within 10 minutes. “After initial reports, we called staffers on days off to help. We included main stories and sidebars from AP and Time, and video clips from ABC News. We sent two editors to UCLA Medical Center to interview and take photos of fans. One editor sent [on-site] Twitter updates,” said Richard Vega, editor of Yahoo News. Other sites affected by the news of Jackson's death included: Facebook, reporting a threefold increase of status updates; Google News, registering a 25-minute shutdown because it thought the traffic was an attack; and AOL's AIM, going offline for 40 minutes. Matt McGee of Search Engine Land blogged that Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, claimed the company logged 5,000 Jackson-related tweets per minute that afternoon. —T.M.
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