1. Should be "https://" 2. You are not alone, I got "time-out" dozens of times since last Friday. 3. Some brilliant guy suggests use www2. or www3., instead of www. Yes, it really helps in some occasions but not always.
This has been coming up as a major issue the past couple of weeks. So far, the www2 or www3 trick seems to be the best solution. I haven't had any problems over the past couple of days, so it might be solved now.