Google suffers another service outage

Ian Paul
19 May, 2009
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Google is dealing with another service outage Monday impacting users around the world. Monday’s service outage, which began at approximately 10:30pm AEST, appeared to impact only Google’s popular Google News service.

When people tried to access Google News, they were met with a “503 Server Error” message and a “Please try again in 30 seconds” instruction. Others could access Google News, but the site would not display pages correctly; when links to other Google News categories were clicked on, more Server Error messages were delivered.

Access to Google News appeared to be restored just before midnight Monday AEST. Users are reporting that the service interruption to Google News lasted approximately 1.5 hours.

The outage was reported by users in California and Massachusetts, Sydney, Australia, India, and the United Kingdom. Twitter also lit up with users complaining of the outage.

There are no reported problems of Google News in some parts of the world such as Tel Aviv, Israel. Other Google services, such as Google.com, Gmail, and YouTube appear to be working fine. This latest hiccup by Google does in no way appear to be as severe or as a widespread as Google’s service outage earlier this month. However this latest Google stumble tarnishes, yet again, the company’s image as one of the most reliable Internet companies.

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