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Reference Question of the Week – 1/25/09

   January 31st, 2009

google may harm your computerThis is the question of the morning:

Is the internet broken?

Apparently, Google was having trouble this morning. Every search result from a Google search (even google.com) is tagged as "This site may harm your computer" and links to the Google page to that effect. From what I can tell, every single site on the internet is being blocked from Google search results.

A little while later, the message became "Forbidden" - I'm guessing this is a result of Google employees working feverishly to correct this problem. So far, I haven't found any news stories about this, but I'm sure it'll be explained before long.

In the meantime, I've been teaching people how to type "yahoo.com" into the address bar instead of the Google search box - I told you this chart was accurate.




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16 Responses to “Reference Question of the Week – 1/25/09”

  1. Liz Says:

    Wow – pretty incredible that Google is so ubiquitous that a glitch on its site equates to “the internet” being “broken.”

  2. Brian Herzog Says:

    Actually, it’s not uncommon to be asked the same question if I haven’t turned all the monitors on yet in the morning. For many patrons, computer=google=internet. But really, what else is there?

  3. Brian Herzog Says:

    Here’s the news article explaining the problem: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/01/technology/internet/01google.html

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