Google's Gmail Servers Crash Nationwide

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Google's Gmail e-mail service crashed Tuesday afternoon, leaving millions of users without access to their e-mail for about an hour, Google said Tuesday.

"We know many of you are having trouble accessing Gmail right now -- we are too, and we feel your pain," read a post to the Gmail blog.

The outage occured shortly after 4 p.m. ET. By 5:15 p.m., Gmail was accessible -- although users had to enter letters in a box to ensure they were human, and not an automated machine. By 5:45 p.m., Gmail service appeared to be fully restored and operating as usual.

Google's Gmail service is used worldwide by millions and is one of the most popular e-mail servers in the world.

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