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JECHO
May 15th, 2009, 04:52 AM
Perhaps you may have noticed the seas boiling red with blood, the *****
of Babylon rising, and the Antichrist roaming the Earth, strewing
carnage in his wake. That's because Google (GOOG) crashed this morning.
Yes, you read that right: Google went down.

To be precise, Google News crashed between 8:40 and 9:55 ET, and
millions of people searching for today's top stories had to go elsewhere
—even actual news Web sites! Data Center Knowledge writer Rich Miller
claims that the outage happened as Google tried to upload YouTube video
links to news items.

And it didn't end with Google News, either. Reports have been twittering
around the country that Google Calendar and Gmail have been affected,
and even Google's main page was reportedly disrupted in some areas.
Google has acknowledged problems with Calendar and Gmail on its Apps
Dashboard page here. But so far, the company has offered no official
explanation as to what happened. We've asked Google's reps to explain
and will let you know what's going on as soon as we find out.

So far, it's unclear how widespread Google's meltdown was. Some reports
indicate that the problem was centered in the Northeastern United
States, but ComperWorld writer Steven Vaughn-Nichols reports that people
as far away as Europe and Australia are experiencing extremely slow
performance from Google sites. He also thinks this may be a massive hack
job, a denial of service attack on Google.

Again, we'll update you as we know more.

Mmmbopdowedop
May 15th, 2009, 05:23 AM
That report sounds a bit over the top, like it's some massive thing, it's not, it's a news website. -.-;

I didn't even know google had one and being down for ~an hour is fine.

It's not as if google is the internet yet.
Crashes happen, no biggy, i'm pretty sure they'll sort it out.

pwnst*r
May 15th, 2009, 01:39 PM
"we'll update you as we know more"


lol! sensationalism at its best.

notwen
May 15th, 2009, 01:41 PM
omg ! noes !@#$%^&*()

Giant Speck
May 15th, 2009, 01:45 PM
Here's an article from the Associated Press about the outage:

Google glitch disrupts search engine, e-mail
http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/20090514/ap_on_hi_te/us_google_service_disruptions


SAN FRANCISCO - Millions of people were cut off from Google Inc.'s search engine, e-mail and other online services Thursday, sparking a flurry of frustrated venting that served as a reminder of society's growing dependence on Google's technology.

The Mountain View-based company blamed the trouble on a glitch that routed too much of its traffic through computers in Asia, overwhelming its system so badly that about 14 percent of its users encountered problems with the Internet's most popular search engine. The mistake also affected Google's e-mail and several other services.

The outages began about 10:48 a.m. EDT and lasted for about an hour, according to Urs Hoelzle, Google's senior vice president of operations.

Google's problems rippled around the Web because other sites rely on its analytics service and also draw much of their traffic from searches done through Google.

Many Web sites took twice as long to load and were twice as likely to fail during Google's disruption, according to Gomez Inc., which helps Internet companies manage their applications.

"We've been working hard to make our services ultrafast and 'always on,' so it's especially embarrassing when a glitch like this one happens," Hoelzle wrote on Google's blog. "We're very sorry that it happened, and you can be sure that we'll be working even harder to make sure that a similar problem won't happen again."

Before the repair, many people locked out from Google went elsewhere on the Internet to express their dismay and despair.

Multiple messages posted on Twitter, a popular information-sharing forum, indicated that people all over the world had trouble with the Google search engine and e-mail. But other Twitter users said their Google services have been running smoothly.

Because Google is used by hundreds of millions of people, even a breakdown affecting a small percentage of its audience can have a huge impact. Google's search engine, by far the most popular on the Internet, fields more than 9 billion monthly search requests in the United States alone.

As part of its effort to retain its current users and expand its market share so it can sell more Internet ads, Google has invested billions of dollars to create a vast network of computers to lessen the chances of breakdowns.

Although its search engine is renowned for its reliability, Google isn't fail-safe. Its 5-year-old e-mail service, in particular, has been susceptible to periodic outages.

Wiebelhaus
May 15th, 2009, 01:47 PM
Next time Please provide source links and the authors name and who they are writing for , Thanks.

HavocXphere
May 15th, 2009, 01:54 PM
In other unrelated news, a Google employee was put in front of a firing squad today. Spokespersons insist this has nothing to do with the millions of revenue lost during the Google blackout.*

*Satirical

pwnst*r
May 15th, 2009, 01:57 PM
i googled it.

Giant Speck
May 15th, 2009, 01:57 PM
In other unrelated news, a Google employee was put in front of a firing squad today. Spokespersons insist this has nothing to do with the millions of revenue lost during the Google blackout.*

*Satirical

Reminds me of how Bill Gates said someone at Microsoft was getting fired when a computer he was demonstrating on the Tonight Show BSOD'd.

lovinglinux
May 15th, 2009, 02:21 PM
It's not as if google is the internet yet.
Crashes happen, no biggy, i'm pretty sure they'll sort it out.

Google is not the Internet, but...


SAN FRANCISCO - Millions of people were cut off from Google Inc.'s search engine, e-mail and other online services Thursday, sparking a flurry of frustrated venting that served as a reminder of society's growing dependence on Google's technology.

billgoldberg
May 15th, 2009, 02:24 PM
Google Crashed!

The First Seal has been broking, Armageddon is imminent.

I watch too much Supernatural.

sim-value
May 15th, 2009, 02:26 PM
Google Sucks actually but thats only my 2 cents ...

I mean this google addiction really drives me mad ...

Googling Ubuntu for example instead of going to Ubuntu.com SUCKS !

Metallion
May 15th, 2009, 02:31 PM
Google Sucks actually but thats only my 2 cents ...

I mean this google addiction really drives me mad ...

Googling Ubuntu for example instead of going to Ubuntu.com SUCKS !

I do that too! We should start a group... One of those things where you walk in and go "Hi, I am Metallion and I'm a googlaholic"

I also blame Opera for enabling me to type "g ubuntu" which is actually easier than "www.ubuntu.com"


Google Crashed!

The First Seal has been broking, Armageddon is imminent.

I watch too much Supernatural.

Kind of makes me want to ask what the second seal is. >.>

billgoldberg
May 15th, 2009, 02:32 PM
Kind of makes me want to ask what the second seal is. >.>

MS making Windows FOSS.

:p:p

pwnst*r
May 15th, 2009, 03:24 PM
Google Sucks actually but thats only my 2 cents ...

I mean this google addiction really drives me mad ...

Googling Ubuntu for example instead of going to Ubuntu.com SUCKS !

google must really upset you. i don't live off of google, but it is a big part of what i do on the 'net.

Metallion
May 15th, 2009, 05:00 PM
google must really upset you. i don't live off of google, but it is a big part of what i do on the 'net.

We can't help you if you can't admit you have a problem, pwnst*r. [-X

pwnst*r
May 15th, 2009, 06:09 PM
We can't help you if you can't admit you have a problem, pwnst*r. [-X

which is what, Metallion <sillyemoticonhere>

Tristam Green
May 15th, 2009, 07:40 PM
"Sparking frustration from millions of users who use Google's services daily".

*cough*

98% of said users pay exactly how much for those services?

Yeah, get off :|

Giant Speck
May 15th, 2009, 07:42 PM
While most of Google's services seem to be back, YouTube's search function isn't working. The site itself is working fine, but the search function isn't.