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You can all relax now. The near-unprecedented outage that seemingly affected all of Google's services for a brief time on Friday is over.
The event began at approximately 4:37pm Pacific Time and lasted between one and five minutes, according to the Google Apps Dashboard. All of the Google Apps services reported being back online by 4:48pm.
Whew. The alternative would be to postulate that 40% of all www users worldwide are incapable of going to any site, anywhere, ever, by any means other than opening google dot yourcountry and searching for the desired site name. (No bookmarks? No browser history? No links from the page they happened to be on when google dot anything fell off the earth?)