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There’s dealing with internet comments, and then there’s this. According to a statement from Reza Taghipour, the Iranian minister for Information and Communications Technology, Iran will be shutting off access to the world wide in around five months, as it flips the switch on a nationwide “intranet” that’ll act like one of the more strict corporate firewalls you may have come in contact with. The reason? It’s looking to provide its citizens access to “a clean internet,” which is loosely translated into “an internet sans freedom.” Instead of providing access to Google, Gmail and Hotmail, users will have to register for an Iran Mail ID — which “mandates authentic information pertaining to a person’s identity, including national ID, address and full name.” Evidently, it’s all to prevent access to the internet that exists today — one that “promotes crime, disunity, unhealthy moral content, and atheism” in Taghipour’s mind. Crazily enough, he’s right about all of that, but it’s a small price to pay for access to things like this, no?
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If you’ve got a working Gmail account, you might want to back it up every so often — as many as 500,000 Gmail users lost access to their inboxes this morn, and some of them are reporting (via Twitter and support forums) that years worth of messages, attachments and Google Chat logs had vanished by the time they were finally able to log on. While we haven’t experienced the issue personally, we’re hearing that the bug effectively reset some accounts, treating their owners as new users complete with welcome messages. For its part, Google says that the issue “affects less than .29% of the Google Mail userbase,” engineers are working to fix the issue right now, and that missing messages will be restored as soon as possible. We’ll soon see if this is a momentary setback… or a lengthy wakeup call.
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]