What’s happened to Google News today? Is Newsbot on vacation? We noticed that stories stopped being indexed at about midday GMT, and other publishers are reporting similar issues.

Highly unusual…

Newsbot normally comes looking for new stories at least once an hour, but we’ve not seen any action all afternoon.

The problem seems to be affecting the vast majority of Google News sources. This much is clear if you search on a generic term such as ‘the’ on Google News, and then sort results by date. There are more than three million pages indexed for this search, yet none have been updated within the past two hours.

Note too that on the homepage for Google News (US) there are currently no stories showing that are more recent than four hours old.

A blip, I’m sure. At least let’s hope it is a blip. I must read up on the terms of that AP deal…