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Gmail down for some users briefly Tuesday afternoon

The Gmail logo is pictured on the top of a welcome page. (Daniel Acker/BLOOMBERG NEWS)

UPDATE: Google wrote at 1:46 p.m. on its Apps Status Dashboard that the glitch has been fixed. It has changed Gmail’s status from “service disruption” to “no issues.”

For anyone who relies on Google’s Gmail to conduct their work correspondence, it may be a good time to take a lunch break. Some users are experiencing problems accessing their e-mail on the popular service.

Via its Twitter feed, Gmail said, “Thanks everyone for the reports of 500 errors, we’re working on it.”

Later, at 1:31 p.m., the Gmail team followed the acknowledgment of the outage by telling users, “#Gmail should be back for some of you already, and will be back for everyone soon. Thanks for your patience.”

A visit to Google’s Apps Status Dashboard also shows a service disruption is in effect for the e-mail service. According to Google, the problem is affecting less than 2 percent of its users.

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Sarah Halzack is The Washington Post's national retail reporter. She has previously covered the local job market and the business of talent and hiring. She has also served as a Web producer for business and economic news.
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