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Iran Suspends Google's Email Service 436

appl_iran writes "Iran's telecommunications agency announced that it would be suspending Google's email services permanently, saying it would roll out its own national email service." From the short WSJ article that is kernel of this Reuters story: "An Iranian official said the measure was meant to boost local development of Internet technology and to build trust between people and the government." Funny way to go about that. Updated 20100211 9:54GMT by timothy: Original link swapped for a more appropriate, updated one.
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Iran Suspends Google's Email Service

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  • Web 2.0 (Score:3, Informative)

    by ShaunC ( 203807 ) on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @05:44PM (#31091278)

    They've even got one of those catchy web-2.0-style names for their new site, [].

  • by Silentknyght ( 1042778 ) on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @05:44PM (#31091284)
    So scant, it's a travesty to call this a "news article." Here it is, in entirety:

    Iran's telecommunications agency announced that it would be suspending Google's email services permanently, saying it would roll out its own national email service. Google didn't have an immediate comment about the announcement. An Iranian official said the measure was meant to boost local development of Internet technology and to build trust between people and the government, according to the Wall Street Journal. The measure comes on the heels of celebrations to mark the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Republic.

    For once, everything you need to know is safely found in the Slashdot summary.

  • Re:UAE (Score:5, Informative)

    by chill ( 34294 ) on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @06:06PM (#31091608) Journal

    Iran isn't an Arab or Arab-controlled State. They're Aryans or Persians, not Arabs. Calling a Persian an Arab is liable to get you a good long rant -- or punched, depending on the circumstance.

  • Re:Web 2.0 (Score:3, Informative)

    by Bert64 ( 520050 ) < ... m ['enz' in gap]> on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @06:08PM (#31091642) Homepage

    The cert also expired in 2008...

  • Re:frist (Score:4, Informative)

    by shutdown -p now ( 807394 ) on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @06:33PM (#31092024) Journal

    If you're were in Iran you would have been stoned to death already.

    You can only get stoned to death for adultery.

    For everything else that deserves death penalty, in Iran, they practice short-drop hanging (where you slowly strangle to death).

  • Re:frist (Score:5, Informative)

    by NiceGeek ( 126629 ) on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @06:44PM (#31092192)

    Tell me, why single out Islam? *ALL* religions were pulled out of someone's ass at some point. Not just the ones you don't personally like.

  • Re:Build trust? (Score:5, Informative)

    by gerddie ( 173963 ) on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @06:49PM (#31092242)

    Iran called for the extermination of all Jews.

    No, they didn't and the quote of Ahmadinejad that Israel should be wiped of the map was a
    mistranslation [] that has been quote way too often. Specifically:

    "The fact that he (Ahmadinejad) compared his desired option - the elimination of "the regime occupying Jerusalem" - with the fall of the Shah's regime in Iran makes it crystal clear that he is talking about regime change, not the end of Israel. As a schoolboy opponent of the Shah in the 1970's he surely did not favor Iran's removal from the page of time. He just wanted the Shah out,"


    Though Iran doesn't recognize Israel, and Iranian citizens are not legally authorized to travel to the Jewish state, ... Jews in Iran are not in danger.

    Iran's Jewish community of about 25,000 people is protected by the country's constitution and remains the largest in the Muslim Middle East. Synagogues, Jewish schools and stores operate openly. Morsathegh said in Tehran there are 20 synagogues, eight butchers, five schools, four youth organizations and two restaurants.

    Morsathegh said Iranians, including Jews, immigrated from Iran following the 1979 Islamic revolution that brought hard-line clerics to power but said there had not been an exodus of Jews from Iran in recent years.

    "We are one of the oldest communities in Iran. We are free to practice our religion. Anti-Semitism is a Western phenomenon but Jews have never been in danger in Iran," said Morsathegh, who spoke in his office in the Sapir Charity Hospital, which is run by Iranian Jews.

    Source []

  • Re:Build trust? (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @06:56PM (#31092310)
    It eliminated the judicial oversight required in getting a warrant for a wiretap until substantially after the fact, for one. So the executive branch could order wiretaps without oversight from the courts to ensure that constitutional rights weren't being violated.
  • Re:Build trust? (Score:5, Informative)

    by ShatteredArm ( 1123533 ) on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @07:12PM (#31092440)
    I believe the word Ahmadinejad used was actually "Zionists." Not all Jews are Zionists, and this would be consistent with the relative toleration of Jews in Iran.
  • Re:Build trust? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Apple Acolyte ( 517892 ) on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @07:25PM (#31092550)
    He isn't just talking about regime change. He's talking about the destruction of the state - that's clear. And besides, there are videos of Ahmadinejad leading chants of "Death to the Jews."
  • Re:Well of course (Score:2, Informative)

    by ubergamer1337 ( 912210 ) on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @07:55PM (#31092854)
    Those "Uncivilized Savages" happened to give us:
    The Scientific Method, Fountain Pen, Windmills, irrigation, the first eye surgeries, mathematical proofs, numerous advances in algebra, calculus, geometry; they practically invented chemistry... It goes on and on. []

    Their current oppressive regime problems happen to date back to the 1870's to 1950's (and on until now) thanks to intervention by "Civilized nations" like France, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The Ottoman empire, while by today's standards not exactly enlightened, had an extremely effective method of dealing with diverse populations and religions within it own borders - Jews moved there to flee from Christian persecution in Spain, for example. []

    Get out in the world and learn a bit about the Middle East - Its an intensely fascinating place that has been the center of so many things and events in our world, and deserves better then "Uncivilized Savages".

    IAAMEH (I am a Middle Eastern Historian)
  • Re:frist (Score:3, Informative)

    by interkin3tic ( 1469267 ) on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @08:21PM (#31093182)

    Tell me, why single out Islam?

    Just a guess: trolling about say, Mormons would have been off-topic in addition to trolling, and AC has higher standards. If he's going to troll, it's going to be on-topic trolling.

    Also around here you CAN'T troll scientologists, any more than you can troll sane people on scientology boards: you just get modded up for it.

  • Re:Web 2.0 (Score:5, Informative)

    by ink ( 4325 ) on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @08:29PM (#31093290) Homepage

    I tried to create an account, and was able to get past the account creation form. It was fairly detailed... It wanted my street address, the company I worked for, and some sort of "national ID", which I assume is Iran's equivalent of a social security number; but then once I successfully submitted that, I was greeted with another screen telling me to send post to some address at "Argentina Square Blvd." in Tehran. I am to include my signature, as well as that of the highest "administrative unit" in my work. It's draconian by western standards -- and would easily allow them to track people with email; all for "our own good", I'm sure....

  • by bhagwad ( 1426855 ) on Thursday February 11, 2010 @02:47AM (#31096542) Homepage
    When I click on the link in the story, I go to a site that takes over the computer and says "I'm looking at gay porno" at full volume! T'was a bitch to regain control of the system. Any clues as to what's happening?
  • by brfsa ( 1690396 ) on Thursday February 11, 2010 @03:53AM (#31096900) Homepage
    That url infected my Mac OSX 10.6.2 Dont Open it! The site URL from this article is infected. It made my mac OSX 10.6.2 go crazy, dial skype numbers, opened like 100 gay and porn sites. it created hundreds of emails and tried to send. also messed up with my Xchat and Adium contacts. Luckily i disconnected WIFI right in time. OMG!! what just happen is unbelievable! Dont open that link! it is very dangerous
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 11, 2010 @03:58AM (#31096934)

    Someone put "script window.location = "http://www_ha_on_nimp_org /script" as one of the comments there.

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