Numerous outlets are reporting that Apple's Siri service is suffering its first major outage. Right now, it's not clear what caused the outage, or whether it was Apple's fault, or the networks. Users in countries outside the US didn't report any problems.
Problems were first reported on Twitter at about 12 PM PT, with users saying that the voice based software was responding to questions by saying, "I'm really sorry about this, but I can't take any requests right now. Please try again in a little while." The blog iSmashPhone first broke the news.
Some outlets are reporting that, as of 1:40 PM PT, service has been restored. Siri experienced its first outage shortly after Apple launched the service on October 14th, along with the iPhone 4S. It originally existed as an independent company until it was acquired by Apple in April of 2010.
The service allows users to pose questions and perform tasks using only their voice, getting its results through built in features and by crawling the web, and quickly became somewhat of a meme, with users increasingly asking Siri strange questions.