Today just loaded WP 3.1 for my brother who is not familiar with WP yet. I've always downloaded themes & plugins from WP directly and uploaded them to the directory manually. For a newbie though this can be a little daunting. I noticed that in my installations of 3.0.1 and the new 3.1 install that the Install themes/Plugins search doesn't work. It always returns "An Unexpected HTTP Error occurred during the API request". Also noticed that none of the news RSS from wordpress is loading onto the Dashboard homepage. Is this a coding issue or is it a traffic issue for the WordPress server?