broke the Internet for an hour this morning

Enlarge / The United Kingdom government’s official website was one of those affected by this morning’s outage. The cryptic “Guru Mediation” message shown is an untrapped, unskinned error returned from the Varnish cache server powering the Fastly CDN. (credit: Leon Neal via Getty Images)
For roughly an hour this morning—6 am to 7 am EDT, give or take a few minutes—enormous swathes of the Internet were down or interestingly broken. Sites taken down included CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times, PayPal, and Spotify, among many more—including The Verge, which resorted to reporting via Google Docs during the duration of the outage.
Vast chunks of the internet are offline, including The Verge. Until we’re back, we’re reporting to you live out of Google Docs. Here’s what we know so far about the outage:— The Verge (@verge) June 8, 2021
The underlying problem was an outage at Fastly, one of the world’s

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