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The Internet lights up with news of Osama bin Laden's killing

The Internet is spreading the word fast that Osama bin Laden has been killed in a CIA operation.This is likely to be one of the highest traffic stories of the decade.

President Obama is now speaking on live TV confirming the event. The live stream is sure to get an enormous amount of traffic as well.

On Twitter, Osama bin Laden is already in the top 10 list of the top trends, or the words that are appearing in most tweets around the world. Also in the top 10 are his initials OBL. In the course of one minute, hundreds or thousands of tweets are flying through the internet.

CNN and all of the major networks already have posted stories on the web about how the CIA killed him with a human-based strike. On Google News, there are already 5,000-plus stories posted on the topic. Obama said that the U.S. received a tip about bin Laden’s whereabouts in a compound in Pakistan. He said he authorized a strike against the compound. The soldiers went in and killed bin Laden after a firefight. Obama said the U.S. received help from Pakistan.

TechCrunch says that CNN’s Steve Brusk was the first to tweet the news at about 7:25 pm Pacific time. He tweeted, “I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama bin Laden.” Actually, we now know there are tweets that preceded that one.