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Google Reportedly Pulling Out of China in Early April, No Fooling

Google Reportedly Pulling Out of China in Early April, No Fooling

As it turns out, Google apparently wasn't bluffing when the company claimed it would close shop in China following complaints of censorship and a string of cyber-attacks. According to a report in a Beijing-based newspaper, the search giant will do exactly that.

"I have received information saying that Google will leave China on April 10, but this information has not at present been confirmed by Google," the China Business News quoted an agent as saying.



The decision, if true, couldn't have come easily for Google, which holds a significant share in China's search market. But the Chinese government's insistence that Google censor its search results, along with a handful of cyber-attacks on high-level U.S. sites Google says originated from China, the search company may have finally had enough.

"Nobody really knows about the timing because this is speculation by a couple of media outlets, but it does seem inevitable that they will pull out with their specially censored Chinese search engine because Google has announced that they're not censoring it anymroe and the government here has announced that they cannot acccept an uncensored search engined," said Jim McGregor, a longtime China business analyst who is with public relations firm APCO Worldwide.



Far from a cut and dry decision, several of Google's Chinese ad partners recently sent a letter to the search company claiming they have waited in "profound pain" for any indication on whether or not Google plans to pull out, and how they would be compensated if Google did decide to leave.

"We understand that Google has its own values, but what we can't understand is why, up to today, Google has not had any communication or talks about future solutions with us at all," the letter said.

It looks like those "future solutions" will be revealed sooner than later. According to a recent report in the Financial Times, Google is "99.9 percent" certain it will close down google.cn.
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Good for them! I'm glad "Don't be evil" still means something to them.

Unfortunately, I'm sure MS will be more than happy to tailor the Chinese version of Bing to the government's liking.

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Yeah. I honestly thought they were just blowing smoke when they started all this. Glad they are sticking to their guns.

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Don't you think it's too early for an april's fool prank? Lol

any ways china is bitching abou stupid stuff anyways :)

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They're throwing a party over at Baidu, I'm sure.

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Gotta love China and their ideas of control. It is crap that their government thinks they have a right to censor the internet...

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All of this is very true, but of course they are, and have been a communist country for longer than anyone on here has been alive. So going in there initially is a questionable proposal. This is especially true in something like Google's business model which by default seemingly requires an open market.

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China and their stubbornness of censorship. It makes sense for Google to pull out if they are losing money. Too much maintenance for little return.

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More than likely its the whole economic downturn hitting google and there wondering why, being a us based company were freedom of speech is a defining factor, are they wasting the time and effort with china when they could be spending that time in rNd from the real threat of (get this -) Microsoft and Apple (muhahahaha - dance puppets....dance).

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dizowned:

More than likely its the whole economic downturn hitting google and there wondering why, being a us based company were freedom of speech is a defining factor, are they wasting the time and effort with china when they could be spending that time in rNd from the real threat of (get this -) Microsoft and Apple (muhahahaha - dance puppets....dance).

 

But there is a lot of potential in China to make money, which could greatly help fund that research and development you are suggesting they do. Their search engine is what they do best, it is only natural to expand that product.

 

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Bad decision, both for Google and China. But Microsoft and the US State Department are happy....

Henri

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China, like North Korea, is an oppressor nation and is desperate to retain total control over it's citizens at any cost. Time will see them fail, only because human spirit is stronger than they know or understand. I feel for the people of China and hope that they stay the course and change their government for the better. Google did good by stopping their part in it.

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Now those of use who have been around know, That the pull out method is not 100% effective! LOL

I just do not understand why society today is so reliant on revenue only needing to be generated from foreign markets? Like Realneil points out, they are oppressor nations! They take and take and never give anything in return. Just like the Guy who tell the women what they want to hear just so they can get what they want and only gives grief in return. Or the girlfriend who gives promises of a good time in order to control her man and gets what she is after, then when the time comes...starts a fight and says...not gonna happen!

I would like to say good for Google. Yet as a avid history buff, I know they will do what they always do and take by example and create a system on their own which is designed to best suite themselves. Just like they have developed their own stealth fighter based on all the advancements made here, and even things as small as their own version of Harry potter, that gets turned into an entertaining view of communist rhetoric!

The two things that are certainly 100% effective are the mouth method and the back door method. China is just trying to use the latter on Google, just like they have been doing to their own people since after WWII :P

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Theres a china version of harry potter? whats it called? xD i wanna see it :)

If china comes up with their version of Google it still won't be as powerful as googles :P but thats what they want -.-

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