Monday, March 22, 2010

Google Closes Down Their China Search Engine

Google has closed down their China search engine (Google.cn) and is redirecting people to the Hong Kong search engine (Google.com.hk). This is the result of a back and fourth that has gone of for month with Google finally being fed up with the censoring and the attacks they say are coming from China.

http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/technology/article7071738.ece

"China hit back at Google last night after the internet search giant closed its flagship Chinese site, carrying out a threat issued two months ago in a dispute over censorship.

The company stopped censoring its search results in China and redirected users of the Google.cn service to its uncensored Google.com.hk site based in Hong Kong. The White House, which had backed Google in its dispute, expressed “disappointment” that an American company felt compelled to take such a drastic step.
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The world’s largest internet company has been in talks for two months with Beijing over its threat to shut down its Chinese-language search engine and close its offices, rather than kowtow to government censors. It delivered the ultimatum after alleged cyber attacks aimed at its source code and at the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. The company said the attacks originated in China.
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