The worst news for Iranians using Gmail in Iran: Iran has banned Gmail! Uh, and the country is trying to make up for it by inventing some national email thing that is decidedly not Gmail: “Iran’s telecommunications agency announced what it described as a permanent suspension of Google Inc.’s email services, saying instead that a national email service for Iranian citizens would soon be rolled out. It wasn’t clear late Wednesday what effect the order had on Google’s email services in Iran.” Nevermind that those two sentences appear to be mutually exclusive (right though?), the point is: what of Gchat? Is everyone just supposed to guess what song lyrics everyone else finds particularly poignant without status messages? Like right, that’ll just totally work out. [Mashable]

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  1. So the Iranian government finds it so hard to hack Gmail accounts that they have to start their own service? Hey, Iranian people — your leaders are dumber than the 15-year-old kid who got into Sarah Palin’s email! That should get some of the youngsters riled up.

  2. Totalitarians are so cute when they realize that some people use the internet for other stuff besides porn. Of course I guess it depends on your definition of porn.

  3. They’re going to build their own gmail, as soon as they figure out how to write a computer program. So far {death.(America);} doesn’t seem to work.

    Screw you guys, I’ll go start my own email system, with hookers and blackjack. In fact, forget the email!

  4. Sources say the Iranian government has already enriched its email to 5GB. Tehran claims that this will be used for peaceful purposes, and not to spam Israel with taunting advertisements for foreskin enlargement

  5. How will Iranians get their gray market medications and body part enlarging potions? Will spammers be able to blanket mail them with something like: “President Achmedoodlebug is Gay!”

  6. That means, the government believes Iran is still better than the Yahoo mail Google mail .. just like me ha .. ha .. yeah, I thought it was just one option in life only .. Being different is not wrong …

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