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Iran To Shut Down Google Email, Will Launch National Email Service

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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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Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:00 | Link to Comment deadhead
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White House announces specifics of newest Iran freeze  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35329028/ns/world_news-mideastn_africa/

 

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:34 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 02/10/2010 - 17:31 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 02/10/2010 - 17:59 | Link to Comment MsCreant
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Oh drat! I have all my money in Khatam al-Anbiya!

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 18:07 | Link to Comment inflationary (not verified)
Wed, 02/10/2010 - 19:14 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:08 | Link to Comment 10044
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Big deal, it's not like google was charging for it. The 1979 revolution WILL be rewritten tomorrow, the opposition will storm the parliment or something of that magnitude.
Btw, they've been trying to "punch" for 31 yrs!!

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:12 | Link to Comment HelluvaEngineer
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Oh, how I would love to see a screen shot of the Iranian email system.  I bet it's lovely.

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:16 | Link to Comment callistenes
Wed, 02/10/2010 - 18:34 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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It'll look just like that but you forgot the gay porn banner along the top

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 19:30 | Link to Comment MarketTruth
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OMG! i remember early(ish) web and using Pine mail. That was, what, around the mid to late 1980's?

Sat, 02/13/2010 - 12:18 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:14 | Link to Comment Herne the Hunter
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Tomorrow they will bring out their own iPad. Boom!

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:30 | Link to Comment HelluvaEngineer
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...available in tablet and scroll versions

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 17:02 | Link to Comment Herne the Hunter
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... with 24 years of battery life (Plutonium battery pack not replaceable though)

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:38 | Link to Comment J.B. Books
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IPad = I(ranian)Pad = a yellow sponge

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:15 | Link to Comment Hammer59
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They got Jimmy Carter on the kisser though....And thus unleashed Ronald Reagan.

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:18 | Link to Comment economessed
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Iran, STFU.  Unless you have a gay sex tape of Ben Bernanke, you can just go pound sand.

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:34 | Link to Comment Postal
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While I understand the sentiment, that was not a mental image I needed...

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 18:05 | Link to Comment MsCreant
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If they had that tape (children is better), I may need to change religions. I would count Iran as a savior.

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:20 | Link to Comment Yophat
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Aww crap....next thing you know Bernanke will be raising interest rates!

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:29 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Tomorrow is the big day!  It feels like Christmas, I can not wait to see what happens. 

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:22 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Google is a CIA front op, so Iran just got the memo a la china I presume.

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:22 | Link to Comment percolator
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I love this quote, "An Iranian official said the measure was meant to boost local development of Internet technology and to build trust between people and the government."

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:25 | Link to Comment Racer
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They should head to the office of the BLS.. and give them some tips!

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:40 | Link to Comment Daedal
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Looks to me like the BLS gave them tips.

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 18:41 | Link to Comment nedwardkelly
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Haha... right. I couldn't imagine anything that would make me trust the government more than them developing their own email system and then forcing me to use it.

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:24 | Link to Comment Psquared
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Is this their idea of shock the world? Gimmee a break. These third world countries are only hurting themselves and priming the pump for a revolution.

Is the US a third world country yet?

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 17:44 | Link to Comment Boop
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No, that's tomorrow.

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 19:17 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:23 | Link to Comment carbonmutant
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 The new email system will be supplied by Chinese programmers... with appropriate back doors

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:26 | Link to Comment cougar_w
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By having their own email system (and requiring that it be used) they get to collect and read all the email that pass through it.

Way useful, that.

"An Iranian official said the measure was meant to ... build trust between people and the government."

Code for: All your message are belong to us.

cougar

 

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:31 | Link to Comment economessed
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...they get to collect and read all the email that pass through it

Just like the NSA does here (hi guys!)

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:43 | Link to Comment cougar_w
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In fact, it would not surprise me in the slightest if one day it turned up that the NSA planted the thought-seeds for the Iranians to do this. The NSA would have a much easier time branching the Iranian mail system than Google's, and without any of the downside. Now if they could just get the Saudis to do the same ... we'd be gold.

special agent cougar

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 18:20 | Link to Comment Anonymous
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Wed, 02/10/2010 - 17:05 | Link to Comment carbonmutant
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Not yet but they're working on it... (semantic web)

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 20:16 | Link to Comment moneymutt
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and their corporate HQ is in a state governed by the Terminator...whoa

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:30 | Link to Comment spekulatn
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That's what GOOG gets for not being evil. 

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:30 | Link to Comment Ned Zeppelin
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Iran's "Punch": the surprise introduction by Mahmoud "Steve" Ahmadinejobs, on stage in black turtleneck and blue jeans, of the iQuiran, which is a combination e-Book reader, computer, Islamic terrorist "cell" phone, and prayer rug (with onboard compass). 

Amazon and Barnes & Noble stock will fall in overnight trading.   

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:33 | Link to Comment besodemuerte
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iQuiran, which is a combination e-Book reader, computer, Islamic terrorist "cell" phone, and prayer rug (with onboard compass). 

Nice.  Although, I think they'll say something more material than what is being joked around here.

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:56 | Link to Comment cougar_w
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Wrong. Nothing could be more material than the iQuiran. That is solid gold right there.

"the Punch" is going to be something incredibly lame or else they would not have been forced to pre-announce. They need to brush up on their marketing skillz.

cougar

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 18:09 | Link to Comment MsCreant
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So you're saying the "punch" is some kind of Kool-aide?

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 17:08 | Link to Comment Herne the Hunter
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Loading the NYT homepage will take ages though, censors have to black-bar subversive words and woman's body parts first. (although I'm sure they will let 3rd parties develop apps for that.)

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:32 | Link to Comment crosey
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Will Iran corner the pork bellies market?  OMG!

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:32 | Link to Comment dumpster
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now iran can do what the usa does read all the local mail ..

iran the great scape goat for our own failures our own hubris ..

shine the light over their ,, not here on the piles and piles of unmitegated crapola... in our own back yard piles of spit

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 17:06 | Link to Comment Anonymous
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Wed, 02/10/2010 - 18:26 | Link to Comment boiow
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+10

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 18:53 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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The middle east / US invasion rule: you must have oil and not have nukes. If either element is altered, we leave you alone...no matter how much "terrorism" you sponsor. 

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 20:13 | Link to Comment moneymutt
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the purpose of nukes and consequent bragging and tough talk to west would be to consolidate domestic support...not that that is the only thing it will ever be used for...

Thu, 02/11/2010 - 00:02 | Link to Comment Arthur Two Shed...
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"their regime is rational, and they want to survive".... Huh?Rational? Start with this: The Mystical Menace of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad http://www.danielpipes.org/3258/the-mystical-menace-of-mahmoud-ahmadinejad They crave martyrdom.Survival is irrelevent to the cause. I say he trots out a mahdi AND a Jesus! Whoopee!!
Wed, 02/10/2010 - 17:54 | Link to Comment Missing_Link
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Can I ask a serious question (altholugh I thoroughly enjoyed the iQuiran...Ingenious !

Anyone believe Iran is going to set off a nuke tomorrow ?

I wouldn't rule it out.  I put the odds at <10% of something that dumb but >60% of some other very stupid thing.

They could also do something very damaging without using nukes, such as firing missiles at Saudi Aramco's oil facilities (causing massive release of toxic chemicals) and/or sinking a tanker to block off the Strait of Hormuz, cutting off Middle Eastern oil supplies for months.

 

And tpo all the intelligent mind here, does that equal Market crash ??

Unlikely.

If they find a way to pull off something extremely damaging and ingenious (a few of which are remotely possible but which I will not post here for obvious reasons), that would negatively impact the market.  But then we'd have bigger things to worry about.

If they cut off Persian Gulf oil shipments (such as with a Hormuz blockage), that will have a big impact on oil prices.

If they simply fire missiles at Israel and/or their neighbors (the most likely scenario IMO) and force the US to go to war, that's likely to be a net positive for the market -- more military spending could help the economy (as it did when WWII finally ended the Great Depression).

Then again, if Obama has any sense, a "War with Iran" will start with one big nuke over Teheran, which would make the war very fast indeed.

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 18:45 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 02/10/2010 - 20:00 | Link to Comment David449420
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"Then again, if Obama has any sense, a "War with Iran" will start with one big nuke over Teheran, which would make the war very fast indeed."

 

Population of Teheran is 12 MILLION people.  Would you make that decision?

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 20:45 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:36 | Link to Comment Stu
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who gives a crap what email they use

 

why is this news

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:46 | Link to Comment Daedal
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Go to CNBC.com, they tell you when something is important, no thinking required.

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 17:43 | Link to Comment Missing_Link
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It's news because it proves that Iran is getting that much nuttier, and it will be that much harder for us to snoop on them.

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:44 | Link to Comment Thoreau
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Tomorrow, Iran turns the switch on its George W. Bushehr power plant.
Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:57 | Link to Comment cougar_w
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+1 best of breed

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:45 | Link to Comment Anonymous
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Wed, 02/10/2010 - 17:09 | Link to Comment carbonmutant
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Cryptography will become the new national sport.

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 17:39 | Link to Comment Anonymous
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Wed, 02/10/2010 - 17:37 | Link to Comment Ned Zeppelin
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Just heard from my sources overseas, and this is BIG: the Iranian franchisees of Denny's will announce a free "Grand Imam Slam" breakfast giveaway tomorrow.  Apparently "slam" was wrongly translated as "punch."

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 23:45 | Link to Comment dumpster
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LOL

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 17:43 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 02/10/2010 - 17:46 | Link to Comment Eally Ucked
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That's dengerous, if other countries have the same ideas and eliminate Google, not to mention start brewing their own coffee, make their burgers, stop buing iPhones our GDP will nosedive!

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 17:52 | Link to Comment Fritz
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Ahmadinejad can go fuck a goat.

 

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 18:00 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 02/10/2010 - 18:31 | Link to Comment boiow
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yeah ! like you will be on the front line getting your own ass shot at.

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 18:47 | Link to Comment Missing_Link
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If Iran does something truly stupid, I don't think we'll need to worry about a conventional ground war.

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 20:07 | Link to Comment moneymutt
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we started it when our CIA, factually admitted, took out their nationalistic but not religously strident leader Mossadeq and put in the repressive Shah...how would you feel if back then someone took out Ike and propped up McCarthy instead...not that their reaction was right or excusable ...but it did not happen in a vaccuum...I wonder if we never had messed with Mossadeq, never supported the Shah, what would Iran be like now?...probably a lot better for Iranians and they would be a lot less hostile towards us...

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 18:00 | Link to Comment inflationary (not verified)
Wed, 02/10/2010 - 18:07 | Link to Comment Dark Helmet
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I've got a guess on the "punch."

Iran has secretly produced through genetic engineering a new species of banker with even more delusional manic charisma and sociopathic charm and has been sneaking them into Harvard for the last 10 years. They accomplished this by transgenics, producing a banker whose liver produces a natural, constant endogenous supply of cocaine.

 

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 18:14 | Link to Comment BlackBeard
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Goodluck enforcing that shit Amha douka jima whatever who gives a shit.

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 18:16 | Link to Comment 10044
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I've never enjoyed and LAUGHED at comments more than these ones here for this piece of news.

BRAVO EVERYBODY!!

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 20:09 | Link to Comment moneymutt
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agreed...people are f-ing funny

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 18:28 | Link to Comment Carl Marks
Wed, 02/10/2010 - 18:33 | Link to Comment 10044
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don't devalue the monkeys please

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 18:53 | Link to Comment Anonymous
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Wed, 02/10/2010 - 20:33 | Link to Comment boiow
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would'nt be surprised.

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 20:33 | Link to Comment Going Down
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Informed Comment

 

It is a trick of the Washington Establishment to scare apparently easily frightened Americans into a conviction that some small, poor, third world country is a dire threat to the most massively funded and armed military in the world. Repeating falsehoods is one way the Big Lie is implanted, that then allows US belligerence to be unquestioned at home.

 

juancole.com

 

 

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 23:59 | Link to Comment dumpster
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iran will be opening a starbucks franchise ... next to macdonalds .. with an all you can eat taco place on the  corner ...

 

this will be known as the  liberator of the masses , 

 

 

nuke starbucks or macdonalds not  a chance .. a quite piece settles over iran ,, they have succumed to the flavors of the west .. the great battle will between starbucks and the hamburger joint to see who sells the most coffee,

 

and if the taco place will do five for a Iranian rial (IRR

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