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MySpace shut down by US heatwave

Teenage webheads in 'talking to one another' shocker. Possibly.

Well, stranger things have happened. And the effects of MySpace being closed for more than half a day today can only be guessed at.

A spokesman for the social-networking bohemoth – bought by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp for $580m last July – blamed the current hot spell. "Due to the record-breaking heat in Los Angeles over the weekend, the area where MySpace's servers are stored had massive power outages."

Backup generators also failed. Fortunately for lovers of the hugely succesful site, the spokesman confirmed: "With power resumed, the network is now up and running."

During the shutdown, visitors to the site had to eschew their preferred diet of teen chat, inane blogging and wannabe bands, and settle for a page-holding game of Pacman. Which, according to some bloggers, was quite good.

Rumours that the absence of MySpace caused a mass outbreak of household helpfullness, and traditional teenage pursuits such as wearing black, getting unfortunate tattoos and swerving deodorant, are almost certainly untrue.

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