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Akamai Cancels a Contract for Arabic Network's Site

In a move sure to complicate the efforts of Al Jazeera, the Arabic news network, to get its English-language Web site running, Akamai Technologies abruptly canceled a contract on Wednesday to provide Web services for the site. Employees at Al Jazeera headquarters in Doha, Qatar, said they were frustrated by the decision, though not entirely surprised. “It has nothing to do with technical issues,” said Joanne Tucker, the managing editor of the English-language site. “It’s nonstop political pressure on these companies not to deal with us.” Akamai, based in Cambridge, Mass., would not comment on the reason for the cancellation. But Jeff Young, a company spokesman, issued a statement confirming that Akamai would no longer do business with Al Jazeera. “Akamai worked briefly this week with Al Jazeera to understand the issues they are having distributing their Web sites,” he said. “We ultimately decided not to continue a customer relationship with Al Jazeera, and we are not going to be providing them our services.” Full Story

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