GOOGLE's EXIT: IS CHINA JUST A MONEY PIT? / Special Report: Google, China showdown

Internet,  MARCH 29, 2010 (TECH REPUBLIC)
with (ZDNet News) Special Coverage  on THE BIG QUESTION

  • Date: March 24th, 2010
  • Author: Jason Hiner  - TechRepublic Editor with ZDNet's Larry Dignan - It's official.

Google has stopped censoring Chinese search results. We discuss what the move means for the company, the country, and the Internet.

The Big Question is a joint production from ZDNet and TechRepublic that I co-host with ZDNet Editor in Chief Larry Dignan.

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Google to redirect China site:

Sam Diaz: Google said last week that it has stopped censoring its search services - Search, News and Images - on, its site in China, and that users are now being redirected to, 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 Kong.”

If Google's gone will China care?

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 repercussions?

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 search engine, but also its Chinese development offices as well. This is a tragic and preventable mistake.

Google vs. China: Is a graceful exit possible?

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 happen soon"

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.

Assessing Google’s showdown with China

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 reports.

China's Baidu sues US domain registrar

Steven Musil: Leading Chinese search engine 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.

Google-China cyber espionage saga - FAQ

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? ...

We want protection, Google!

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 bar'?

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 hacker target

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 for GMail

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 China

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 market?

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. 

Bravo! Google takes a stand for human rights in China

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.

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