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Daily Dose - More International Politics for Google

02.12.2010
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It's been about a month since the Chinese hacking fiasco that resulted in some big changes for Google.  The company now says that it is seeing a sharp drop in Gmail traffic in Iran, where a major antigovernment protest recently took place.  Reports say that Iran plans to offer a national email service, which is presumably a move by the government to get subversive communications under control.  Google confirmed that there are users in Iran having difficulty accessing Gmail.  They also confirmed it wasn't a problem on their end.

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Firefox 3.7 is a Temporary Name
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Bing Gets Feisty in Search Engine Battle

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Walter Bogaardt replied on Fri, 2010/02/12 - 4:56pm

Iran is not going to make a lot of friends on the cyber front, especially as they block out media transmission in their country on the latest protests, and the jamming signals bled over into neighboring countries. The neighbors  and international broadcasters are irked by this. Problem is technology is growing faster than any of those governments can control and with it comes information. Their best solution is to cut all phone lines and destroy every electronic device, but then where will they be?

China on the other hand is an interesting animal, as it has to grow and learn how to play in the international market and so when their government pulls a fiasco like that it makes them look like the paper dragon they are. There will be back peddling in due time, and they will beg Google to come back.

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