Google goes down: world's largest search engine briefly drops off the web without explanation
Brief outage seemed focused around Europe - but all is back to normal now
As Google struggles with the implications of the EU's 'right to be forgotten' ruling its website is apparently facing far more straightforward challenges, with users across Europe reporting the search engine as unavailable.
Although Google's own Apps Status Dashboard says the search engine is working just fine (and by all accounts everything is now back to normal) external tools reported outages focused in central Europe, with Germany and the UK particularly affected.
Of course as with any even of pressing and public importance, there was a fair amount of outraged and catty responses on Twitter (see also Facebook's brief time spent kicked to the curb two weeks ago).
Google is down. What happens now? Aren't we supposed to stand under a doorframe or lie down in a field or something? #waitilljustgoogleit— Shindigshaz (@shindigshaz) July 4, 2014
So yeah. Google is down. Does this mean I have to use Netscape and Yahoo now?— Simon Whight (@fourfourfun) July 4, 2014
Bing’s most searched phrase today ‘why is google down?’— Yogi Blair (@Blair_1980) July 4, 2014
However, this brief outage seems to be nothing but a small blip for Google - especially compared with its ongoing battle with the EU's court ruling on the 'right to be forgotten'.
Critics of the legislation have been up in arms after search results relating to a top UK lawyer and Wall Street banker were 'disappeared' from Google, but others have suggested that the US company is deliberately misinterpreting the ruling in order to stir up public anger.
Life & Style blogs
No, a porn star wasn't tricked into performing a sex act on her brother
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
A nap a day could save your life
Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
The antidote to Tinder? Majority of dating app users want relationship, rather than hook-ups, study finds
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
Stock up on canned food for stock market crash, warns former Gordon Brown adviser
Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn voters most likely to believe 'world is controlled by a secretive elite'
- 1 Caitlyn Jenner car crash: Driver who died in collision sued by surviving passengers for $18.5m
- 3 Watch the Supermoon live: How to see the brightest Moon of the year tonight
- 4 Hulk Hogan wants to be Donald Trump's running mate in the US Presidential election
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£40000 - £55000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£20000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT provider for the educat...
£20000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This leader in the e-cigarette ...
£32000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: With extensive experience and a...