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For about an hour today, Google’s email service Gmail, went out of service for many users. User’s trying to login were greeted with the following message:

Google admitted to the outage and said that it was caused by a temporary outage in the contacts system that prevented Gmail from loading up properly. However, the company assured that all mails were safe. The outage seemed to have affected a subset of users.

This is probably the first time Gmail has suffered an outage. Things seem to have gone back to normal now.