Google leaving China

It seems like China isn’t that an attractive market for Google after all. Rumors say that they will be closing their services in China by April. The big question is: Is that a greater loss for Google – or for China? I’m really anxious to see how that story continues – if there’s one thing that’s for sure it’s that this is not the last word spoken in that matter…

[update 9:16am 3/23/2010]
And it happened… Google now redirects requests to google.cn to its Hongonk-Website google.com.hk

We also made clear that these attacks and the surveillance they uncovered—combined with attempts over the last year to further limit free speech on the web in China including the persistent blocking of websites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Docs and Blogger—had led us to conclude that we could no longer continue censoring our results on Google.cn.

And the big question remains: Is that a greater loss for Google – or for China? I’m really anxious to see how that story continues – if there’s one thing that’s for sure it’s that this is not the last word spoken in that matter… 😉
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[update 1:25pm 3/23/2010]
China reacted immediately and now blocks certain search queries on google hongkong…
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  • Afaik they’ll close just the search engine branch. Others will be continued. Let’s wait for April 10th.

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  • I’ll put it in here to maintain the thread flow.

    Official PSA from Xinhua:

    SAN FRANCISCO, March 22 (Xinhua) — Google Inc. on Monday said users visiting Google.cn are now being redirected to Google.com.hk.

    The U.S. Internet company said in a blog posting that it intends to continue R&D work in China and also to maintain a sales presence there.

    So it’s just the search branch indeed. But what’s more interesting:

    Up to 84 percent of more than 27,000 respondents answered the “Don’t care” option.

    “If Google wants to leave, just do it, and I will turn to Baidu. For sure we can survive without Google,” said an anonymous comment from Shandong Province on the news portal Xinmin.cn.

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