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If You Miss a Meeting Today, Blame Google Calendar

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Today's go-to excuse is provided by the good people of Google, whose free Calendar service is experiencing a widespread outage today. Once the complaints started flowing on Twitter (another free web service prone to outage), Mashable went to the source and got the word from Google: "We’re aware of a problem with Google Calendar affecting a majority of users. The affected users are unable to access Google Calendar. We will provide an update by May 6, 2010 12:00:00 PM UTC-4 detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change." One good way to back up calendar files? Pen and paper is a fairly reliable option.