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When Google first threatened to exit China over concerns about the government's censorship stance and involvement in a hacking incident, I called Google's move a "calculated business decision" while at the same time questioning just how calculated it really was.
And when Google decided to run a Chinese language search engine from Hong Kong, I noted that Google was clearly "to have its cake and eat it too", albeit with little chance of success.
China's internet filter, dubbed the 'Great Firewall', is frequently the subject of discussion, and a source of scorn directed at the nation's Communist government.
But when it comes to defending itself against Great Firewall censorship criticisms, China might soon suggest that its critics look at another country: the UK. That's because the controversial Digital Economy Bill passed in the House of Commons last night, 189 to 47. And it gives the British government the wonderful ability to filter sites off the internet too.
It's official: Google is leaving China. Well sort of.
The search giant announced yesterday that its Chinese search engine,
Google.cn, will no longer be operated from within the country. Instead,
it will run from servers based in Hong Kong, enabling China to drop its
censorship of search results, something it had obviously tried
unsuccessfully to receive permission from the Chinese government to do.
Recently, Google created an international firestorm by threatening to pull out of China. Google cited a hacking attack originating from China as the impetus for its threat but the real rationale behind the move was quite clear: Google wants to play by different rules in what will be the most important consumer market in the world.
Google won praise in some circles for taking on the Chinese government and making a statement about censorship and human rights. Certainly, it does not look likely that Google will get what it truly wants, and while the outcome of Google's strategy (if there is one) is yet to be seen, I'm not the only one who thinks Google has likely made a big mistake by handling the situation as it did.
Reports broke earlier in the week that Google might exit the Chinese market.
Yesterday, Google turned the matter into a political drama with its official
explanation. In a post entitled "A new approach to China" on the Official Google Blog, Google's Chief Legal Officer David
Drummond details why his company is
considering leaving: it stumbled onto and was the victim of a "highly
sophisticated and targeted attack" that resulted in the theft of
Wired editor-in-chief Chris Anderson has a knack for spotting and popularizing interesting business trends that are driven by the internet. He's most famous, of course, for his book The Long Tail, which has inspired legions of internet entrepreneurs.
But at the Supernova conference in San Francisco, Anderson revealed that he's thinking more about the physical than the virtual these days.
If you're a virtual currency millionaire in China, some potentially bad news: you won't be able to use that virtual dough to purchase goods and services in the real-world.
In an effort to stave off the ills of virtual currency gone awry, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Commerce jointly announced rules that lay out the ground rules for China's virtual economy.