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http://money.cnn.com/2010/06/29/tech...dex.htm?hpt=T2

Google vs. China: Search giant blinks

LONDON (CNNMoney.com) -- Google slightly altered its business strategy in China late Monday in an attempt to balance the company's desire to keep its Chinese website with its goal of avoiding self-censorship.

Google for the past three months has been automatically redirecting visitors to its Chinese site, google.cn, to its non-censored Hong Kong search engine, google.com.hk.

But Chinese government officials told the search giant that it finds the auto-redirect "unacceptable" and would likely revoke Google's license to operate in country if it continues that practice, according to a company blog post.

As a result, Google said that over the next several days, it will stop automatically directing its mainland Chinese users to its non-censored Hong Kong search engine. Instead, it has begun to display a "landing page" on google.cn for some users, which requires users to click on an image that links to the Hong Kong site.


Google's license is up for renewal on Wednesday, and the company said it has resubmitted its renewal application based on its new approach. The company said its new strategy is consistent with local law and its commitment to not self-censor.

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"We are going with this new approach because we would like to try to provide our service to Chinese users," Google China spokeswoman Marsha Wong told CNN.

Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) had been using the automatic redirect after deciding it would no longer censor results in China. Google stopped censoring search results in China in March. Its stance against censorship of its China site toughened after Google announced in January that it had discovered a targeted cyber attack on its network infrastructure.


To circumvent China's strict censorship laws, Google no longer hosts its search operations within mainland China -- it physically moved all of its Chinese servers to Hong Kong. As a result, Google no longer needs to adhere to China's censorship laws, and it is up to the Chinese government to block access to the results it finds objectionable.

The arrangement is similar to how Chinese users have long been able to access Google's main search page, the uncensored google.com: The Chinese government allows access to some result pages and blocks pages it does not want its users to see.

The announcement had some impact on Google's stock. Shares were down 4% Tuesday morning in early trading.

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It's interesting how most people (Even Google) didn't get the irony of their previous actions. Redirecting their mainland search url to Hong Kong's to avoid 'censorship' of results was in and of itself a form of censorship.

Now they will give people the URL they asked for originally (uncensored) and let the censorship part be China's responsibility. They didn't 'blink', they finally did it right.

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That move is not gonna make a difference. It's just a empty gesture to shut up all the yuppies who work at Google and complain about the Chinese government from behind their laptops.
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I dont think I understand irony.
Google was previously censoring people's requests for the China mainline page and re-directing them to the Hong Kong page.... because, Google was/is supposedly against censorship...

Just don't ask them to help you with a firearms business

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That move is not gonna make a difference. It's just a empty gesture to shut up all the yuppies who work at Google and complain about the Chinese government from behind their laptops.
up is down left is right
arch is cruel and rob is loving
you are against non criminals having guns in cook county
and for censorship in china
clsb has gone a whole level of backasswards lately.
next thing you know we are going to find out that everything was a lie - burntash makes 7 figures, his parents live in his basement.. and tend to his harem of women who crave nothing more than ashy seed
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clsb has gone a whole level of backasswards lately.
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Epic post right there

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clsb has gone a whole level of backasswards lately.
next thing you know we are going to find out that everything was a lie - burntash makes 7 figures, his parents live in his basement.. and tend to his harem of women who crave nothing more than ashy seed


This deserves to be on the front page.

So you know, I'm not against non-criminals having handguns. I just wanted to see what the argument behind CLSB gun owners is. I don't have enough knowledge regarding the topic to make a decision.

About China -- of course I'm against censorship. Just stating the truth about the impact of Google's actions.
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socialism FTW! we should have censored internet do.
China isn't Socialist.
China is confused.
They claim they are Communist - but they are the most Capitalistic country in the world.
Where else would you find people putting plastics into dogfood to artificially raise the protein #'s in tests - so they could make more money...
Killed thousands of animals.... Soooooooooooooooo
they go and one up that.. why not just go ahead and stick it in baby formula?

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What could go wrong?
More profits - Money before anything and everything.
Wait... Is that Communism?

1984 should be required reading - not just for the don't trust your govt messages but for the subject of doublespeak. I think doublespeak is surpassing normal speech nowadays.
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