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5 p.m. ET
In the hour following the four bombings in London, email traffic in Europe doubled from 500,000 to over 1 million sent.  According to a CNET article I read this afternoon, many Europeans were emailing and text messaging loved ones in England.  When their cell phones failed, the Web prevailed.  With each passing major news event, there is more and more Internet involvement in how the story is told and how quickly.

Even before the mainstream media news teams could gather at the sites, citizens were using cell phone cameras to record eyewitness images.  Some of the most powerful ones are logged in a "pool" at  Literally hundreds of them.

And, as the world truly does come together on the Web, bloggers from many countries have prominently displayed Union Jacks on their websites, with messages of solidarity for the United Kingdom.

Londoners are also blogging about their experiences today, most expressing unity and resolve in the face of terror.  Some strong sentiments are at Normblog and  As the story progresses, it will be interesting to check the UK blogs for any shifts in viewpoints on the Iraq war and the global war on terror.

Of the many websites that chronicled the events today, to me none was more exhaustive and proficient than Wikipedia, which quickly had a timeline and running comments and quotes from diplomats around the world.

I think the first time I really saw this kind of Internet reaction to a major story was the Tsunami.  It really raised the media's consciousness to the kind of excellent "Citizen Journalism" happening on the Web.  From survivor stories to photos, and valuable resources and information for people all around the world concerned about friends and family in the region.

It is stories like these that prove we are all literally a click away from our brothers and sisters all around the world.

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12 p.m. ET
Four explosions ripped through London during the morning rush hour. One of the bombs tore apart a double decker bus, a graphic and terrifying image being seen all over the world right now.

Stick with MSNBC for continuing coverage. While Connected will not be seen today, we are hard at work to bring you the latest on this story as it develops, and will return with analysis of the situation and a look at the global War on Terror.

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