The unveiling of Apple's iPad tablet computer brought some unexpected network management challenges as people flocked to news sites posting live coverage of the event, according to an article published Wednesday.

Twitter users reported missing or severely delayed Tweets during the event, and live-blogging site Cover it Live went down for a full 20 minutes, PC World reported. Both PC World and Technologizer were relying on the Cover it Live platform for the coverage of the iPad unveiling.

"We've got smart people who generally try very hard to make this thing work, but we didn't even see the breadth and depth of today's coverage," Cover it Live president Kevin McSpurren told the magazine.

Other big news sources, including technology blogs Gizmodo and EnGadget, were also difficult or impossible to access during the event, the article noted. Network management problems led followers of the day's proceedings to remark on Twitter that Apple chief executive Steve Jobs was "breaking the internet."

The Apple iPad will be available in April 2010. The tablet computing device will aim to combine the functionality of a laptop with the mobility of a smartphone, and will resemble an oversized iPhone or iPod Touch.ADNFCR-2553-ID-19585427-ADNFCR