We were having our Sunday meal just now when our son, who had been checking his phone, said "Philip Seymour Hoffman has died".
A week ago I was looking at the Melody Maker from July 1971. In the first week of the month they had a news story saying that a rumour has reached them that Jim Morrison has died in Paris. They put it to the record company, who'd denied it. A whole week elapsed before they could confirm, in their next issue, that it was true.
You once had to find the news. Now the news finds you.