Apparently Google News went offline for about two hours earlier today. Here’s what Google had to say about it:
“Today, from about 12:25 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. PDT, many users experienced difficulties accessing Google News. We know how important Google News is to our users, and we take issues like this very seriously. This issue has now been resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
I personally didn’t experience the outage, and I am sure that I used Google News during the period in question. It must have been a geographically limited outage.
In the interests of full disclosure and customer service, Google ought to provide further detail on what happened, why they believe the problem occurred, and what is being done to prevent a recurrence.