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Will Apple Break Twitter? [UPDATED]

If you’re reading this story shortly before the launch of Apple’s (AAPL) tablet, there’s a very good chance you’re on Twitter as well. Can the service, which continues to be balky under normal conditions, hold up under a deluge of chatter?

I’ll be surprised if it does. My Twitter stream has already gotten suspiciously slow in the last few minutes, though I am still getting new updates (via both the Twitter page and my TweetDeck client) every few minutes from the 470 people I follow. So we’ll see.

Twitter’s status page, meanwhile, gives us no indication that anything’s amiss.

UPDATE: Twitter now acknowledges that it had some “Tweet delivery delays” this morning. The company later disabled features like lists and name search while it tried to resolve the problem. Later still, Twitter turned most of the features back on, though it reported continuing trouble delivering some Tweets to mobile phones via SMS.

That said, the service worked reasonably well for me throughout Steve Jobs’s keynote. A very pleasant surprise.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik