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Yahoo Mail outages plague some users

Outages were reported Monday morning on the most widely used Web e-mail system in the world, although the breadth of the problem is unclear.

Yahoo Mail users reported problems Monday morning, with the service inaccessible for some and spotty for others.

TechCrunch noticed a Twitter spike in reports of problems with Yahoo Mail, and another company called Downrightnow also reported problems accessing the service over the last several hours. Several CNET employees reported that they could access their in-boxes, but mine is unavailable. Yahoo Messenger and Yahoo's home page appeared to be working fine.

Please let us know if you're having trouble in the comments below, and we'll update this post with more information as we go.

Yahoo Mail is the most widely used Web e-mail service in the world by a wide margin, with over 100 million unique users in July, according to ComScore. Gmail, Google's Web e-mail service, is growing fast as the third most-popular e-mail service behind Microsoft's Hotmail but has suffered a few high-profile outages this year.

Update at 8:58 a.m. PDT: Yahoo released a statement confirming the problems but downplayed the breadth. "A small fraction of Yahoo Mail users are experiencing intermittent email issues today, October 26. We are actively working to resolve the issue and apologize for any inconvenience this causes."

Update at 9:50 a.m. PDT: Yahoo said the outage had been resolved, but did not provide further details on what went wrong. My inbox is back up and running.