Iran To Shut Down Google Email, Will Launch National Email Service
First China is dumping our toxic stocks, now Iran is dumping our email services. And the proverbial Iran "punch" has yet to come (scheduled for tomorrow, February 11).
More from the WSJ:
Iran's telecommunications agency announced what it described as a permanent suspension of Google Inc.'s (GOOG) email services, saying a national email service for Iranian citizens would soon be rolled out.
It wasn't clear late Wednesday what effect the order had on Gmail services in Iran. Iranian officials in the past have claimed technological advances that they haven't been able to execute.
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. The measure was announced on the eve of the culmination of celebrations to mark the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Republic.
Competing plans for progovernment and antigovernment demonstrations have set the stage for clashes between authorities and opposition protesters, who have taken to the streets repeatedly since contested presidential elections in June.
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