Emil Protalinski for The Next Web writes:
“The Chinese government has blocked access to Google.com, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Docs, Google Analytics, Google Drive, and many other Google services as the Communist Party of China holds the 18th Party Congress. Google has confirmed the block with The Next Web, and a Google spokesperson offered the following statement: “We’ve checked and there’s nothing wrong on our end.”
It’s unknown if this is a permanent move, but it’s a serious one nonetheless.
Update: Service has since been restored.