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Google's market share has slipped 5 percent in China, but the company appears to have finally reached an understanding with Chinese officials.  (Source: IT168.com)
Relations between America's largest search firm and the largest communist nation appear to be warming

After it stopped automatically redirecting Chinese visitors of Google.cn to the uncensored search engine hosted in Hong Kong, Google's operating license for its search business was renewed by the Chinese government, averting a potentially permanent exit from the population-packed Chinese nation.

A recent statement from China's Ministry of Industry and Information indicates that Google is now believed to be in full compliance with the nation's demands.  Though the statement is currently unavailable, 
Reuters is reporting that Google announced on its Chinese blog that it will also cutting ties with two sites under the umbrella of Chinese community site Tianya.

Tianya is the 12th most visited site in China, and 72nd most visited site in the world.  Google bought a stake in Tianya.cn back in August 2007.  The company provides blog, photo, search, and political services.  Dealing with such sites might force Google to choose between censorship or defying the government, a position that Google is loathe to be in.  Google reportedly writes, "As it was announced earlier this year, this week we will be ending technical cooperation with Tianya on Tianya Come and Tianya Questions."

Zhang Feng, head of the ministry's communication development division, says this and other moves show that Guxiang -- the company that operates Google Chinese websites -- is eager to "abide by Chinese law".  He states, "After examination, we have concluded that it has basically met the requirements according to the relevant laws and regulations."

While Google has made some moves that China supports, it still offers users the option on its search homepage to travel to the uncensored Hong Kong search.  Ironically, for most in China that option will do little, though, as most disallowed sites are filtered by the national-level firewall.

Zhang would only comment on Google's allowance of the Hong Kong uncensored search, "As for the question of Hong Kong, this is an operational act made by the company itself."

The Google-China conflict boiled over after Google was hacked by Chinese hackers exploiting a flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer.  Google experienced denial and lack of cooperation from Chinese officials, leading it to question it overarching strategy in China.  

The dispute led to some U.S. politicians to bombard China, which is expected to soon pass the U.S. in economic size, with criticism.  At around the same time internet domain name registration and hosting service GoDaddy announced its decision to exit the Chinese market.

While Google had been gaining ground on the Chinese-local search engine Baidu, it has since lost marketshare over the course of the dispute.  Currently Google receives 27.3 percent of China's search traffic, down from 32.8 percent at the end of 2009, according to iResearch.



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Google and China, sitting on a tree
By Sylar on 7/20/2010 10:20:41 AM , Rating: 5
K I S S I N G...




By quiksilvr on 7/20/2010 11:20:48 AM , Rating: 2
More like Google tying its hands to its ankles and taking a deep breath.

Kind of lame that Google has to censor its search results in China just because the government doesn't want its people to be knowledgeable on its actions (and in-actions).


By superPC on 7/20/2010 11:26:19 AM , Rating: 3
Another company fold and tremble in the might of the Chinese. well guess google can't say they do no evil anymore. censoring search result and supporting dictatorship government is certainly evil in my book.

too bad, i thought google really show some balls when they leave china. guess we can't bad mouth microsoft for not leaving china now that google's back.


One step forward, a bajillion steps back
By Motoman on 7/20/2010 10:34:15 AM , Rating: 5
In the beginning, Google was evil and assisted the government of China in enforcing the ignorance and mis-education of it's populace.

Then, this thing happened, and Google decided that it would no longer aid and abet this human rights violation.

But in the end, Google could not resist the power of the dark side. Their little rebellion was crushed...their betrayal of their friends now complete, they once again agreed to help the Chinese government in their evil ways.

Google: Do some evil...no wait, don't be evil...aw, eff it - let's be evil again.




RE: One step forward, a bajillion steps back
By Kurz on 7/20/2010 10:49:13 AM , Rating: 2
Hey when you live in a country that government comes before people its quite obvious what's going to happen.


By Blackbird1996 on 7/20/2010 1:33:46 PM , Rating: 3
I think this is very sad. I praised Google earlier for their willingness to stand up against oppression, but now they have given in like most other corporations. Unfortunately, once you go public you lose control over such matters. Your personal opinion doesn't matter anymore because you now have stock holders from different countries with different values investing in your company, and you are beholden to them now. Once a company goes public it becomes a money making machine at that is its sole goal. This is very very sad. How many Americans have died fighting oppression? Very sad.




PULLING OUT
By JonnyDough on 7/21/2010 1:45:07 AM , Rating: 2
They pulled out of China just for PR purposes, so they can at least appear to "not be evil."

Now they're kissing butt and going back in because they really want the money. Whatever. Sorry Google, ya never had me fooled. They day I trust a tech company is the day that RAM companies do price setting, huge multi million dollar settlements take place over silly patents that the winning company wasn't going to use anyway, and entire warehouses full of databases collect information to use to sell me junk, label me, or kill me in pure Nazi fashion.

What's that you say? All of it already happened? Well ok then. I suppose we can trust the Chinese and Google to do what's right for mankind then.

Hmm, I wonder where I can find a good toymaker for Christmas gifts for my daughter this year free of lead paint and slave labor...




Like I said, Google is just a whinning little *!#@!.
By chick0n on 7/20/10, Rating: -1
By Mikescool on 7/20/2010 11:05:18 AM , Rating: 2
hey buddy, take a chill pill!


By bupkus on 7/20/2010 12:27:55 PM , Rating: 2
Who manufactures the "chill pill"? I would like to invest in the most recommended pharmaceutical treatment here at DT.


By neogrin on 7/20/2010 12:24:32 PM , Rating: 1
O.o

Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?


By bupkus on 7/20/2010 12:29:50 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?
Nope, just your mother. ;) Sorry, you just made it too easy.


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