Google News site goes down briefly

Users vent on Twitter after news aggregator service shows 'server error'

Google suffered from some downtime Monday afternoon.

Google News, the company's automated news aggregator, went down around 4:20 p.m. Monday. Users from the East Coast to the West Coast and Canada reported that the site was unavailable for at least half an hour.

When users try to access the Google News service, they got a "server error" message.

Confirming the disruption, a Google spokeswoman apologized for the outage. "Earlier today, Google News was temporarily unavailable for some users," she said in an e-mail to Computerworld. "Beginning at around 1:25 (PT) and ending around 1:54 PT, some users saw a server error message with instructions to try their requests again later. This issue has now been resolved."

Users were quick to note the outage and vent their frustrations about it on Twitter. A user, awilbert, tweeted, "Google News looks like it's down & suddenly I feel all disconnected from the world."

Another, mme_hardy, added: "I want my Google News back. Waaah."

Google had some trouble with its Google News service back in 2009. First it went down in February, 2009 for 14 hours and then it was offline again for several hours that September.

Google never specified what caused those problems.

Sharon Gaudin covers the Internet and Web 2.0, emerging technologies, and desktop and laptop chips for Computerworld. Follow Sharon on Twitter at @sgaudin or subscribe to Sharon's RSS feed . Her e-mail address is sgaudin@computerworld.com.

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