Gmail stumbles as Google services disrupted

January 24, 2014

Google's widely used free email stumbled Friday as some of the Internet giant's services were disrupted by apparent software woes.

An online Google Apps dashboard indicated that trouble rippled through Gmail, Google+ and an array of the company's other services.

Google did not disclose the extent of the Gmail glitch but the brief outage was believed to have affected millions of people, including those using the
service at work.

Complaints were posted online from Europe, Canada, the United States and elsewhere.

Google referred an AFP inquiry to its online Apps tracking dashboard, which indicated that a dozen services—including Gmail and its social network

Google+—had experienced problems.

The dashboard indicated that all Google services were working again as of early afternoon in California.

Yahoo, whose own Web-based email service experienced a in December, was quick to join a chorus on Twitter spreading word of the Gmail issue.

Yahoo even tweeted a screen capture of a Google message apologizing for the problem.

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not rated yet Jan 24, 2014
I guess I should be happy my gmail wasn't affected.
5 / 5 (1) Jan 25, 2014
A couple hours. When e-mail was nascent, depending on your bang path, it might have been a couple days. As e-mail is now so real-time, I wonder if anyone has ever attempted to, say, tunnel TCP/IP through it? SYN/ACK handshakes and all that. Maybe a good topic for an April 1 IETF draft.

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