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Gmail More and More Like Late ’90s-Era Hotmail Every Day

googSo much for those Gmail-reliability improvements Google promised us earlier this month. The service, which was felled by a major outage just three weeks ago, is once again suffering from accessibility issues. It’s not yet clear what, exactly, is amiss. Some users say they can’t access contacts and chat. Others can’t get into the service at all.

Perhaps it’s time to put that beta tag back on.

Google (GOOG) is aware of the issues and is working on a fix, according to a Google Apps Status message:

“September 24, 2009 7:29:00 AM PDT
We’re aware of a problem with Google Mail affecting a small subset of users. The affected users are unable to access Google Mail, but we’ve provided a workaround below. We will provide an update by September 24, 2009 8:29:00 AM PDT detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change.”

UPDATE: Google says it has resolved the issues affecting Gmail “for some users” and expects a resolution for the remaining ones within the hour. One caveat though: “Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.”