If you live in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Australia, France or China, among other locales, you may have trouble with Google this morning and afternoon. The Internet giant is suffering packet losses, possibly related to routing issues with AT&T and other yet-unknown problems with NTT and Qwest. Patience, you’ll be fully-functional soon enough, but isn’t it freaky to think about how important Google has become. Safely tucked away in Los Angeles, I’m happily using Gmail and searching for stories with iGoogle. Less fortunate Web surfers might be sorely missing their Google Docs and Calendar, along with Picasa. Sure, there are other search engines, but these Apps can’t be replaced in a pinch, and that’s why even a few hours of Google outages is such big news. [via ZDNet, image from just ping]