Google has added billing to its cloud computing platform, Google App Engine. The good news is users can go over the current free usage quotas – the bad news is that those free quotas are going to be reduced.
Update: Gmail is back, after a two-hour outage. The company has not yet said how many people were affected, but twitter traffic from round the world reveals a major outage. That’s a pain for millions of ordinary users – but it could be a disaster for those planning to sell application services in the cloud.