I starting seeing this problem around 8:30 am est and tried to search the web for information about it, to see if it was something specific to my computer/isp/settings.
I guess that is a big limitation of the internet - it's very hard to find information about events as they happen since:
1. Search indexes need to be updated, which takes time
2. Community sites need to wait for stories to be submitted and edited or dug up
3. Major news organizations only rush stories with mass appeal.
I haven't used IRC in a while - maybe it would be better for disseminating breaking tech news? (or I should check out twitter)