Google is evidently no longer using the name Gmail in Germany.
“We can’t provide service under the Gmail name in Germany; we’re called Google Mail here instead.
If you’re traveling in Germany, you can access your mail at http://mail.google.com.
Oh, and we’d like to link the URL above, but we’re not allowed to do that either. Bummer.
For general information about Google, please visit www.google.com or www.google.de.”
The site — now accessible only via mail.google.com in Germany — also uses a logo saying “Google Mail” instead of “Gmail” when you load it there.
Lenssen points out the possible connection between this and an ongoing battle between Google and a German man who had apparently already trademarked the name “G-Mail.”
Bet that guy is feeling pretty damned big right about now.