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Published September 01 2009

Google's GMail service down

Update: 4:19pm CST - Gmail service seems to be coming back online for some users. The company has not updated the official blog with any concrete information yet.

SAN FRANCISCO — Google's Gmail service has been knocked offline for much of the day in many places.

Google says a "majority" of users were affected.

It's not immediately clear what caused the disruption. Google did not immediately return messages left by The Associated Press.

There were signs of troubles Monday, but it's not clear whether they are related to the more severe outages that began Tuesday afternoon.

Google Inc. said in a posting on its Web site that service has been restored to some users. The company says it expects to have the problem fixed later Tuesday.

Though occasional disruptions are common, widespread outages involving Google's services are rare. They are becoming a bigger threat to Google as it tries to sell more of its services to businesses.

The popular micro-blogging website Twitter is recording thousands of "tweets" regarding the outage.

Stay updated with the status on the official GMail blog.