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.