5 Companies That Had A Rough Week


Google Gmail Hit With Lengthy Service Outage

A glitch knocked out Gmail services to about 50 percent of the service's users this week in what proved to be one of the longest, most widespread Gmail disruptions in years.

Users endured email delivery delays and problems downloading attachments for as long as 10 hours on Monday. Google attributed the problem to a rare dual-network failure that brought down two separate network paths, greatly reducing the company's ability to process messages.

Analysts said the lengthy outage raises concerns about service levels from cloud service providers.