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Tech News: Server Error Causes a Worldwide Google Crash

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This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary on technology from around the Web.

ZDNet
Link: Worldwide Gmail, Chrome Crash Caused by Sync Server Error
"Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) email service crumbled yesterday for about 40 minutes, leaving millions of enterprise and consumer users without access to their cloud-stored email."

"Gmail didn't fall down due to a denial-of-service attack as was reported initially yesterday (which was quickly amended), despite no initial evidence to suggest that it was. The search giant said on its dashboard status pages: 'Although our engineering team is still fully engaged on investigation, we are confident we have established the root cause of the event and corrected it.'"

TechCrunch
Link: Yahoo Introduces a 'New Mail' Experience, More Intuitive, Less Distractions, and Built for Speed
"Today, Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) introduced an update to its popular mail service, with its CEO Marissa Mayer taking the reigns of the Yahoo Blog to discuss it. Brand new versions of Yahoo! Mail, one of its flagship products, is now available on all devices, and will be rolling out on the web soon."

"Coming from Google, Mayer knows the importance of having a solid Email product, a service that is probably the original social network and something that most people in the world use daily."

VentureBeat
Link: Xbox 360 to Get 40 New Entertainment Apps on Xbox Live
"Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced today that the Xbox 360 is receiving 40 new entertainment apps this week via the Xbox Live online entertainment service."

"Microsoft recently launched 20 new apps on Xbox Live. But between now and the spring, the company will launch 40 more apps. Clearly, the apps show that the console isn't just about video games anymore. It's a gateway to all kinds of Internet entertainment."

The Next Web
Link: Microsoft Balks at Apple's 30% Fee, Leaving SkyDrive and Apps That Integrate With It in the Lurch on iOS
"Microsoft and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) are currently locked in something of a Cold War over the future of SkyDrive in the iOS App Store."

"Sources close to Microsoft have detailed to TNW a difficult, and perhaps unresolvable situation between the two companies that underscores the difficulty with certain Apple rules concerning its app marketplace, and how far the company is willing to go to protect its vaunted 30% cut of in-app revenues."

MarketWatch
Link: Rough Ride for Groupon's Spinning Wheel
"If you're familiar with Groupon Inc. (NASDAQ:GRPN) and over-the-top pop rock from the late 1960s, you probably can't help but think about the old Blood, Sweat & Tears song "Spinning Wheel."

"If that earworm of an opening line 'What goes up/Must come down' has taken over your mind, don't feel bad. On Monday, Groupon's shares fell more than 9% at $2.35 just one trading day after the stock soared by 23%. The cause of the most recent rise and fall for Groupon was a rumor on Friday, reported by Bloomberg, that Google Inc. was considering revisiting an acquisition of Groupon."
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