: Google said last week that it has
stopped censoring its search services - Search, News and
Images - on Google.cn, its site in China, and that users
are now being redirected to Google.com.hk, its Hong Kong
site, where it is “offering uncensored search in
simplified Chinese, specifically designed for users in
mainland China and delivered via our servers in Hong
If Google's gone will China
Christopher Dawson: Quite a bit of attention
has been paid to what Google may lose by exiting the
Chinese market. But one has to wonder if China will
really feel the impact of a Google exit.
Google wants to stay
in China - realistic?
Tom Foremski: Google has stopped censoring its
search results but said it would retain its R&D centers
and its sales teams. But can it remain in China given
the rising animosity to its opposition of the Chinese
government? Can its employees in China feel safe from
China to Google: Censor or 'pay the consequences'
Larry Dignan: According to a bevy of reports
Li Yizhong, the minister of Industry and Information
Technology, said Google has to obey China’s laws—and
that means censoring search results.
Why Google should stay in China
Ed Burnette: It seems all but inevitable that
Google will not only close the doors on its google.cn
search engine, but also its Chinese development offices
as well. This is a tragic and preventable mistake.
Google vs. China: Is a graceful exit
Larry Dignan: Comments made by the Chinese
indicate that Google is going to leave China, but the
government wants it done in a way that saves diplomatic
face. China can’t have Google undermine investor
confidence in the country
Schmidt on China: "Something will
Sam Diaz: Google CEO Eric Schmidt told
reporters at a media summit in Abu Dhabi today that
talks between Google and the Chinese government will
soon end and that “something will happen soon,”
according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Larry Dignan: On the surface, Google’s threat
to shut down its China operations after a cyberattack on
its infrastructure looks like sheer business lunacy. How
can the search giant give up on the world’s biggest
growth market? It’s easier than you’d think.
Microsoft knew of IE zero-day flaw
Ryan Naraine: Microsoft admitted it knew of
the Internet Explorer flaw used in the attacks against
Google and Adobe since September last year.
Google's potential China exit and
the revenue hit
Larry Dignan: Wall Street analysts were
scurrying Wednesday to assess the bottom line impact on
Google’s current and future revenue if the search giant
nixes its business in China. The consensus: Leaving
China will be a negligible hit to 2010 revenue, but a
long-term strategic issue.
Chinese government: Don't blame us
Sam Diaz: The official statement came out of
Beijing first thing Monday morning: the Chinese
government didn’t have anything to do with the cyber
attacks on Google and other countries, according to
China's Baidu sues US domain
Steven Musil: Leading Chinese search engine
Baidu.com has filed a lawsuit that blames a US-based
internet domain registrar for allegedly allowing a
hacking attack that left the site disabled and defaced.
Dancho Danchev: Before we get too carried
away, let's summarize the events that took place during
the past week, and answer some of the most frequently
asked questions such as - How did the attack take place?
Did Google strike back at the attackers? Was the Chinese
government behind the attacks? ...
Jason Perlow: With Google’s customer data now
a prime target for sophisticated cyber attacks, do we
now need some peace of mind in the form of free
anti-malware software and services from the company in
order to protect us?
Ballmer doesn't get why Google is
upset about attacks
Garett Rogers: Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO,
doesn’t have an issue with China's Google attacks - he
can’t think of any good reason Google should boycott the
Chinese Goverment in this fashion.
Does Google's bold move raise 'moral
Sam Diaz: Since Google dropped its retaliatory
online bomb on China, no one has been teasing Google.
Instead, there’s been nothing but praise for the company
- with elected officials in Washington and Europe
stepping up to not only offer support but to call on
other tech giants to also review their policies around
conducting business in China.
Google's internal spy system was
Tom Foremski: A report says Google was already
hosting a spy system that provided the Chinese
government, and any other government with user data.
They merely had to request that data through a warrant.
Google enables default "https" access
Ryan Naraine: A day after confirming a major
security breach by Chinese hackers looking for GMail
account information, Google has turned on default
“https:” access for its popular Web mail service.
Assessing Google's showdown with
Larry Dignan: Google's threat to shut down its
China operations after a cyberattack on its
infrastructure looks like sheer business lunacy. How can
the search giant give up on the world's biggest growth
The biggest losers in the
China/Google debacle? Students
Christopher Dawson: If Google pulls out of the
country and stops censoring search results (meaning that
the Chinese government will block Google entirely), and
Yahoo follows suit, Chinese students will be left in
even more of an information vacuum.
Google on the defensive, vulnerable
Doug Hanchard: Google’s response to the
Chinese cyberattack was delicately worded, leaving open
the door to dialogue and future relationships. It will
likely fall on deaf ears in Beijing.
James Farrar: Today, Google is living up to
and far beyond the call of its motto - "don’t be evil."
Google has found it hard to live up to its values in
doing business in China and now its prepared to forfeit
profits over censorship.