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Google Talk s2s/federation error
Posted: 13 November 2012 10:50 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Hi,
since last weekend all my google talk contacts appears to be offline.

contacts’ status field, says: ‘404: Remote Server Not Found’

is anybody having the same issue?

any ideas?

(my domain, galmeida.com, does not have google apps configured)


Thank you

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Posted: 13 November 2012 12:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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apparently everything is back to normal

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Posted: 16 March 2013 11:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Not yet its not….or should that be not again…

See http://www.fsf.org/blogs/sysadmin/google-backslides-on-federated-instant-messaging-on-purpose extract below:

Until now. Recently, some of our members started reporting that they were no longer able to add contacts at GoogleTalk, which is the Jabber service Google provides to Gmail users. Since Google has run a fully federated Jabber service for a long time and ours is new, we investigated under the assumption the problem was on our end.

Turns out, Google has started blocking invites sent from non-Google Jabber servers. Subscription requests just disappear mysteriously, confusing both users and server operators.

Google users can still send subscription requests to contacts whose accounts are hosted elsewhere. But they cannot accept incoming requests. This change is akin to Google no longer accepting incoming e-mail for @gmail.com addresses from non-Google domains. That would be unthinkable.

According to a public mailing list thread, Google is doing this on purpose, to handle a spam problem. We sympathize; we spend a disappointing amount of energy combating similar problems on the services we provide for the free software community. But the solution can’t be something that breaks legitimate communication channels, and especially not in a way that enhances Google’s disproportionate control of the network. While Google is offering to whitelist servers whose operators write to them, this just accentuates the inequality and doesn’t realistically solve the problem.

We hope that Google will retract this change and find a solution that does not undermine the distributed nature of the Internet. We have already reached out to them toward this end.

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