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Web Traffic Down 40% In Google Blackout

Global internet traffic fell 40% on Saturday (August 17) as Google services suffered from a four-minute black out. Google is yet to speak out about the reasons behind the outage, which meant that all of its services, from Google Search, Gmail and YouTube stopped working for between one and five minutes around the world. The significant 40% drop in internet traffic was noted by web analytics firm GoSquared, which was followed by a rise in page views after Google was back up and running again.

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