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Google’s term as a search provider in China may at last be coming to an end. Reports from all over the country indicate that would-be users are only getting error messages when they conduct searches, even if their queries cover completely bland and innocent terms.
It looks like China has found another way to strike back following Google’s decision to redirect Google.cn users to Google.com.hk. The search company is reporting that its mobile service in China is now "partially blocked."
This information was disclosed through the "Mainland China service availability" page Google established after making its somewhat dramatic semi-exit. And as you can see below, "mobile" is the first service to have its status change since the page debuted.
Google’s decision to redirect Chinese searchers to Google.com.hk is having some serious repercussions. On Monday, Chinese Internet company Tom Online distanced itself from Google. China Unicom followed suit on Wednesday. And now, Motorola has also turned its back on the search giant.
Symantec has a released a new report looking at the nature of industrial espionage and targeted attacks, a big issue right now, considering the whole Google/China situation. A representative for the firm tells WebPronews, "Further analysis of targeted attacks shows that the top five targeted roles are senior officials (VPs, Directors) and the individuals that receive the most targeted malware are responsible for foreign trade and defense policy, especially in relation to Asian countries."
A company that has over 40 million domain names under its management – and is perhaps better known for controversial ads featuring busty women – has effectively followed Google’s lead in China. GoDaddy will stop registering domain names in the country.
Something fishy is going on. If you search for "Google executives" on an English-language version of Google, you may get a link to http://www.google.com/corporate/execs.html, which would be Google’s page where it has profiles for its executives (go figure). However, you may also notice that the text appears in Chinese characters.
Google’s followed through on its promise to promote free speech in China, as Chinese citizens who attempt to conduct searches on Google.cn today will not encounter censored results. Instead, they will redirected to Google.com.hk, where Google is offering an interface and uncensored search results in simplified Chinese.
Since Google announced its "new approach to China" on January 12th, the Dow’s gone up 1.20 percent and the Nasdaq’s risen 3.52 percent. Google’s stock, meanwhile, has fallen 7.41 percent. But one financial analyst stated today that there’s no need to panic if Google pulls out of China.
Google may end its search operations in China very soon, according to a new report. A local employee supposedly told a Chinese newspaper that Google will announce its plans to leave on Monday, March 22nd, and then actually pull out on Saturday, April 10th.
The clash between Google and the Chinese government appears to be coming to a head. Various sources have reported that Google ignored a cut-off date to reregister as an Internet content provider in China, and more importantly, that the company has stopped censoring search results.
The odds of Google keeping its Chinese search operation running are starting to seem quite small. The Chinese government has started advising Google’s partners to prepare contingency plans, and one anonymous person who’s supposed to be close to Google even said the company is 99.9 percent likely to shut things down.
After a long morning of travel and SXSW preperation, WebProNews popped in on an interesting talk from writer and tech watcher, Kaiser Kuo (here’s his bio) about what might happen with the whole Google/China situation, which has essentially remained at a stand-still for the past two months, since Google made its famous announcement about a "new approach to China."
Despite weeks of talks that have supposedly taken place behind closed doors, the Chinese government still seems unwilling to compromise with respect to Google and censorship. Indeed, it may be growing hostile, as a minister talked about "consequences" today.
Two Google executives have again assured onlookers that the company is dealing with the situation in China. While in Abu Dhabi, Eric Schmidt indicated today that something will happen sooner rather than later, and Nicole Wong told politicians in D.C. that leaving China is still an option.
When Google made its dramatic "new approach to China" announcement in January, it sounded as if the company might leave the country within the month. Obviously, that didn’t happen. But according to testimony given today before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law, Google hasn’t forgotten its ultimatum.
The creation of the Chinese equivalent of Hulu is now officially underway. Providence Equity Partners, which invested $100 million in the original American video site, will give Baidu $50 million to create Qiyi.com. Qiyi should similarly offer premium content and rely on ad revenue.
China’s standing in the scientific community might be damaged if Google leaves the country, according to the results of a new survey. This isn’t a simple matter of reputation, either; a great many Chinese scientists instead acknowledged that they regard the search engine as a useful research tool.
More evidence that Google and Microsoft remain very interested in China has surfaced. Both companies have struck deals with MediaTek, a semiconductor company that specializes in wireless communications, and said deals should help them make headway in China’s mobile market.
A little less than a month ago, Google announced that it might shut down Google.cn and its offices in China. The search giant may not be giving up on the country entirely, however, as a new report has indicated that it’s part of a group attempting to invest in a large Chinese media and advertising company.
The odds of Google leaving China appear to have been raised today. Two financial experts made positive comments about Baidu, and while neither issued any carved-in-stone predictions about its competitor departing, investors are now buying more shares of the Chinese company’s stock.
Since the widely publicized turbulence between Google and the Chinese government erupted, there has been a lot of speculation about whether or not Google would continue to do business in China in any capacity whatsoever. The company stopped censoring search results in its Chinese search engine, and threatened to pull out of China before it would again do so. Talks between Google and China are expected in the near future.
About 10 days ago, Steve Ballmer indicated that he didn’t share Google’s views with regards to China; Ballmer said that Microsoft would continue operating in China regardless of recent hacks and a policy of censorship. Today, Bill Gates more or less echoed those sentiments.
Motorola is allowing Internet users in China to use Baidu or other search engines on its handsets with Google’s Android operating system.
Baidu is Google’s chief rival in the search market in China. "Users will be able to select their search experience from a number of providers including Baidu and others, with whom Motorola has signed strategic agreements," the company said.
In case you were wondering, Microsoft doesn’t plan to let the whole Google-China brouhaha affect its business strategy. Steve Ballmer recently indicated that his company will more or less stay the course and throw Bing into the regional mix.
Part of the reason behind this decision might be that Microsoft hasn’t bought into the theory that China’s government participated in the hack that upset Google. Or that it just felt unthreatened by it.
Due to a new development, you may be able to either thank Google for getting China to censor less information, or blame the company for starting World War III. The reason: the White House has sided with Google in the free speech and hacking conflict that cropped up this week.
When Google made its big announcement about an attack originating from China, the company also mentioned that "at least twenty other large companies" had been affected. Now, it’s become almost certain that one of them was Adobe, and there are signs that Yahoo was another target.
Reactions to Google’s announcement about a possible withdrawal from China have been mixed so far; there have been objections from individuals who think its absence will deprive the Chinese people of information, while others approve of what they consider a moral stand. But Baidu’s investors probably aren’t too conflicted, as the company’s stock imitated a bottle rocket today.
Google released a stunning blog post that details a "sophisticated and targeted attack" on Gmail that "resulted in the theft of intellectual property from Google".
Google notes that the attack was not just on Google infrastructure but also on more than twenty other companies from various industries. Google states that they are working with the authorities in the U.S. and will be notifying the companies of the breaches.
Google is used to coming under fire from different groups when it comes to its Google Books project. Most recently, the fire has come from the China Writers Association, which has over 8,000 members.
The group complained that Google was scanning and uploading its books without permission from authors. According to a Bloomberg report:
An investment group with significant ties to Hulu may now be ready to help a similar site launch in China. A report’s connected Providence Equity Partners to both Baidu and a new online video destination.