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Some Gmail users may have noticed some problems with their accounts this weekend.  Google acknowledged that about 0.29% of its users were having difficulty with their accounts, including lost emails, tags, and contacts.  Google says the problems aren’t permanent and they’re working on a fix.

A few hours after the first reporting, Google said that most users are now restored with only a tiny fraction (0.08% by their reckoning) still having issues.

Gmail is one of the largest email providers in the world and the news of account problems spread very quickly.  From the Huffington Post to CNet, the tech press went abuzz.  Meanwhile, users, whether having trouble or not, hit the Google forums this weekend to talk about the issue and who it’s affecting.

Rumors, of course, flew despite Google’s announcements, with blame falling on the uprisings in the Middle East, in Wisconsin, and even on a cyber attack at the Pentagon.  None were on established, legitimate sites, of course.

When these issues happen, they often make a big splash.  Many are dependent on Gmail and services like it and when they go kaput, the nervousness and unhappiness run rampant.  Had the incident happened during the work week, things might have been a little more problematic.


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