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Google (NSDQ: GOOG) stopped censoring its search results in China early this afternoon. A roundup of the developments in the hours since:…

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Google (NSDQ: GOOG) stopped censoring its search results in China early this afternoon. A roundup of the developments in the hours since:

» Google has “violated its written promise it made when entering the Chinese market by stopping filtering its searching service and blaming China in insinuation for alleged hacker attacks,” a Chinese government official says via the Xinhua news agency.

» Despite those harsh words, China still hasn’t blocked off access to Google.cn, which now redirects to Google’s site in Hong Kong. But the <a href="the LA Times reminds us that while mainland China searchers can now — sometimes — see results about “sensitive subjects” on the Hong Kong site they can’t actually navigate to any of the pages those results link to.

» So what types of searches does China censor anyways? Here’s a list, via Wikipedia. As IT World’s Mike Elgan points out, they include results for terms like “dictatorship,” “oppression,” and even “evil.”

» Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who, along with co-founder Larry Page, reportedly drove the new China approach tells the NYT that while the Chinese government didn’t officially tell Google it was okay to redirect to the Hong Kong site, “there was a sense that Hong Kong was the right step.”

» Analysts are downplaying the financial impact of Google’s move, as is the stock market. Google’s stock closed down only half of a percentage point today.

  1. A month ago, NQ Logic predicted that Google will move out of China. Today saw Google officially transplanting its Chinese base to its Hong Kong facilities. This value clash between an Internet company and an information-controlled country will continue to be present at every Multinational Technology executive board, and with Google’s disclosure, other U.S. technology companies will have a harder time to explain why they are still doing business in China.

    For a better and complete understanding of the situation, NQ Logic encourages you to read “Google Vs. China” at http://www.nqlogic.com

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  2. I think Google should just hug China’s decision. besides, Google is in the turf of the “enemy”. LOL. Good thing Google transferred to HOng KONg.

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  3. Is Google doing all this for the publicity! (play the hero for Chinese people, and eat in to Baidu a lil more)!!!

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  4. this is amusing… Google HK has always existed, so what’s this fuss about?

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  5. The fuss is that Google HK is not censored in any way. Since Google CN now redirects there neither are the China searches.

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  6. The tech media coverage on this Google/China is garbage and it does more damage than good trying to paint Google, Inc. as some freedom fighter. Google, Inc. knowingly and willingly entered the China market promoting censorship of information for years, just as well as Yahoo and Microsoft.

    These companies cooperated with China on people who search for things like Tibet and real people went to jail and more as a result. Yall want to keep spinning this in the face of facts?

    Celebrating Google for stop censoring in China is like celebrating Bernie Madoff for fessing up about his Ponzi scheme.

    Spare me and everyone else out here who knows the reality and truth – this is just another faceless corporation that that pulled a very silly desperate move because they thought they can originally enter the China market at any cost….

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  7. wanksta_4_life Wednesday, March 24, 2010

    Google needs a lesson in history AND geography…

    http://www.techwankers.com/2010/03/23/china-to-google-take-geography-101/

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