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Google loses briefly

Millions of sites unattainable for a few hours from the Net's most popular search engine.

Google's indexing service dropped all Web sites with a extension for a few hours on Friday, effectively leaving millions of sites unattainable from the Net's most popular search engine. Australia's major second-level domains, such as, and seemed unaffected. However, Google's paid-for advertisements, which appear on the right of regular search results, displayed domains as normal.

The company confirmed the problem in a statement. "For a few hours today, Google experienced temporary problems showing domains. The cause was quickly identified and is now fixed," it said.

Munir Kotadia of ZDNet Australia reported from Sydney.