UPDATE: Target Says Cyber Monday Traffic Has Been 'Twice as High as Our Busiest Day Ever'

Retailer explains site crash

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Target and PayPal have both experienced temporary Internet shutdowns today, seemingly because of a flood of consumer traffic. It's unclear exactly how long the outages occurred, but the blackouts lingered long enough to draw the ire of many Twitter users. 

Such a development must frustrate marketers for Target, which appears to be running advertising across the Web today, particularly with a big purchase on ESPN's home page.

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