Possibly due to a snag in their new redirect to local TLD server policies?
Google Starts Redirecting Blogspot Blogs to Country-Specific URLs
by Venkat on January 31, 2012
in Tech News
You wouldn’t be surprised in future if you visit Blogspot.com other than in US country you’ll be redirected to your country specific URL in browser in fact its happening now – where Google redirecting Indian users from blogspot.com domain to blogspot.in. For e.g if you visit Googleblog.blogspot.com URL from India you’ll be taken to Googleblog.blogspot.in URL.
Right now these policies only officially affect Blogspot. But once the rollout is completed I'm sure the practice will spread to Google's other services as well. They're already "cooperating with local laws" in countries that are practicing outright web censorship. So it's a small step to do the same for everything down the road. And easier from a network administrative viewpoint.
To riff on the Space Guild Navigator's line about melange spice
in Frank Herbert's book Dune
: Order must be maintained! The adword revenues
must continue to flow.
Good old Google. The unspoken message seems to be: We're still
not evil! In fact, we're completely uninvolved
of these issues. (Subtext: Our advertisers
wouldn't like it. And our investors
would be outraged if we were.)