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Gmail, Google apps hit by service disruption

Google has restored service to a number of key apps, including Gmail and Google Drive. 

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Google's Gmail went offline for a small number of users earlier this morning.

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After a short outage earlier this morning, Google has restored service to a number of key apps, including Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Spreadsheets

The extent of the black-out was far from sweeping – Google has estimated, for instance, that "less than 0.007 percent of the Google Mail user base" was affected. Still, news of the problems, which started around 9 a.m. and continued until 10:50 a.m., echoed across Twitter and Facebook, as scores of frustrated users attempted to sign into their e-mail accounts or access cloud-stored documents. 

"[F]or everyone who is affected, we apologize," Google said today in a statement issued to PC Magazine. "We know you count on Google to work for you and we're working hard to restore normal operation for you." The company has not yet specified what caused the outage, although Google Drive was hit by a similar problem in March. 

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