Google got Blogger back online late this morning following a maintenance-related glitch that kept blogs dark for more than 20 hours.
"We're nearly back to normal -- you can publish again, and in the coming hours posts and comments that were temporarily removed should be restored," Eddie Kessler, tech lead/manager at Blogger, wrote in a post on the Blogger Buzz site around 10:30 a.m. PT.
The post continues:
Here's what happened: during scheduled maintenance work Wednesday night, we experienced some data corruption that impacted Blogger's behavior. Since then, bloggers and readers may have experienced a variety of anomalies including intermittent outages, disappearing posts, and arriving at unintended blogs or error pages. A small subset of Blogger users (we estimate 0.16%) may have encountered additional problems specific to their accounts. Yesterday we returned Blogger to a pre-maintenance state and placed the service in read-only mode while we worked on restoring all content: that's why you haven't been able to publish. We rolled back to a version of Blogger as of Wednesday May 11th, so your posts since then were temporarily removed. Those are the posts that we're in the progress of restoring.
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Google Busted for Copyright Violation in Belgium
By Uhro van der Pluijm, WebWereld-Netherlands May 7, 2011 10:05 pm
Google infringes the copyrights of Belgian newspapers by placing links to and portions of their articles on Google News, the Belgian Court of Appeals has ruled.
As a result, Google is required to remove all articles and photos from all Belgian newspapers in French and German. Google faces a daily fine of roughly $35,500 (25,000 euros) if it fails to implement this judgment.
The ruling is the latest verdict in a series of lawsuits that began in 2006 when the group Copiepresse filed the suit on behalf of Belgian newspapers. Copiepresse, a commercial copyright watchdog for the Walloon region of Belgium, claimed the newspapers were losing visitors and ad revenue because Google published links to and portions of their articles on Google News. The Walloon group claimed that the publishers should be paid for placing their content on Google News.
Later that year, a Belgian judge ruled that Google should remove all content created by the newspapers from its websites. A higher court upheld this ruling a year later. The search giant appealed this verdict and tried to settle with the papers at the same time. This attempt failed, and Google removed all articles from the newspapers from Google News in 2007. Google later began adding links again.
Meanwhile Google has insisted that the company is doing nothing wrong. The Mountain View-based company stated that it only placed a link and a short introduction to the articles on Google News, as is common on the Internet. According to Google, the company encourages Internet users to visit the newspapers' websites.
Google Netherlands spokesman Mark Jansen told Webwereld that the company is contemplating the ruling. "We believe that Google News is fully consistent with all applicable copyright laws," Jansen said.
"We remain committed to work with publishers, and continue to seek new ways to generate revenue for the online distribution of news," he said.
Copiepresse said in a statement that it is pleased with the ruling. The Walloon group hopes that Google "will have the intelligence to find a fair solution to end this situation," the statement said.
The ruling does not apply to Flemish newspapers. They seem to have no problems with Google News.
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