SUDAN WATCH: Google "unable to permit download of Google Chrome in Cuba, Syria, North Korea, Iran, and Sudan" says Google

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Google "unable to permit download of Google Chrome in Cuba, Syria, North Korea, Iran, and Sudan" says Google

But ads still accessible, according to Chris Crum of webpronews.com:
Google is reportedly blocking use of it's Chrome browser (among other applications like Google Talk and Gmail Notifier) in some countries with which the United States has economic sanctions and export controls with. "We are unable to permit the download of Google Chrome in Cuba, Syria, North Korea, Iran, and Sudan," says a Google Spokesperson.
Full story at webpronews.com: Google Blocks Services in Some Countries - Tuesday 14 October 2008. Hat tip Hilium.com
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Update Wednesday, 15 October 2008 - Excerpt from Andrew Heavens' blogpost at Meskel Square September 3, 2008:
Something similar happened with Google Earth - at the time Google said it blocked downloads in Sudan saying it couldn't distribute its software in the blacklisted country.

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