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Google Talk, the popular instant message service connected with the Mountain View search giant's webmail offering, crashed for several hours Thursday morning for a 'majority of users,' but service was restored by 8:30 a.m. Pacific time, the company said.

Google Talk crashed before 4 a.m., with Google first acknowledging the issue at 3:40 a.m.

A later update on Google's Apps status page said, "We're aware of a problem with Google Talk affecting a majority of users. The affected users are able to access Google Talk, but are seeing error messages and/or other unexpected behavior."

An update at 7:50 a.m. said the issues had been resolved for some users, and that all users should have their service resumed "in the near future." At 8:25 a.m., Google announced that the service issues were resolved for all users.