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Google News goes down; company working to fix

September 22, 2009 |  2:01 pm

Google has acknowledged an outage of Google News, its highly popular news aggregation site. The company said the following about the outage:

Today, starting at about 12:45 p.m. PDT, many users began experiencing difficulties accessing Google News. We are aware of the issue and working to fix it. We know how important Google News is to our users, and we take issues like this very seriously.

The outage comes on the heels of another Google outage earlier this month, when Gmail went down for more than an hour after a system upgrade went awry. The Internet search company operates almost completely via the Web, so down time of any sort creates immediate problems for it because clients and consumers are unable to access affected Google sites and services.

Google News aggregates headlines from hundreds of online news sources, and the company says it said its drives huge numbers of viewers back to those sites. An outage, then, means a major artery to online news sites has been temporarily clogged.

Updated, 2:28 p.m.:  The site is back up. The outage appears to have lasted around 30 minutes or less.

Updated, 3:20 p.m.: Google said the issue has been resolved. According to the company, the outage  lasted a little less than two hours, beginning at 12:25 p.m. and ending at 2:20 p.m. PDT.

-- David Sarno

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