Gmail Goes Dark for 2 Hours; Email Addicts Freak

Google blames outage on internal error
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2008 9:59 AM CDT
In this May 8, 2008 file photo, a Google worker rides a company bike in front of Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.. Google's Gmail service was unexpectedly down for several hours yesterday.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)
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(Newser) – Google's Gmail was largely inaccessible for 2 hours yesterday, as both the company and compulsive email checkers struggled to figure out what went wrong, the Los Angeles Times reports. The blackout was followed by a flurry of anxious web-chatter on the subject of the much relied-upon email service. The company later blamed the downtime on an internal outage.

"It made me less productive because I needed to make sure I was communicating with my friends," complained one Gmail user, "but we were communicating via other means that weren’t as efficient as Gmail."