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China may have finally driven away a U.S. search company

After a turbulent time trying to cash in on an internet population of more than 300 million users, Google may leave behind China.

Google first entered China in 2000, but elected not to open an office in the country until 2005.   The company's hesitation made it lose out to other American-based companies also looking to cash in on, but it quickly rebounded and became the leading U.S. search company in the country.

According to the company, Gmail and other Google services have undergone countless attacks by unknown sources  -- it seems the email accounts of Chinese human rights activists were accessed and other nefarious actions were performed on not only Google, but other tech companies.  

“In mid-December, we detected a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China that resulted in the theft of intellectual property from Google,” wrote Google Chief Legal Advisor David Drummond on the company's official blog. “However, it soon became clear that what at first appeared to be solely a security incident--albeit a significant one--was something quite different.”

"We have been briefed by Google on these allegations, which raise very serious concerns and questions," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton noted to reporters.  "We look to the Chinese government for an explanation.  She added "the ability to operate with confidence in cyberspace is critical in a modern society and economy," but the U.S. government still doesn't have an exact stance on the issue.

Similar to other western companies, Google adhered to Chinese government policies, and has agreed to terms of service that would not be accepted in North America and Europe.  Google, Yahoo and Microsoft all hope to have a large presence in China, but have struggled to compete with Chinese Baidu  search engine.

If Google leaves China, Microsoft and Yahoo will desperately attempt to stop those users from switching to Baidu.  Microsoft disclosed at the end of 2009 that China is the most important search market it must focus on, as Google is the No. 2 search engine behind Baidu's 63.9% control.

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By Hieyeck on 1/13/2010 8:41:08 AM , Rating: 5
China just doesn't play by American rules.


Different culture, different stage of idustrialization.

Japan still treats women as second-class citizens.

Europe thinks American laws have been too heavily burdened by lobbies to be effective.

Most importantly, it took 100 years between emancipation and Rosa Parks. If you expect change overnight, you're no better than Mick and his environuts. In 50 years, China went from being a closed 3rd world country fearing abuse by western nations, to a superpower to be feared by those same nations. While it may not have been a very nice road, it can't be denied that because power was centralized, the vision was singular and China was able to move forward at breakneck speed instead of meandering along the path of progress.

By AnnihilatorX on 1/13/2010 10:10:25 AM , Rating: 2
Not sure what this is about and how this is related,
but the Chu Ko Nu unit fires 5 arrows in rapid succession.
The repeating cross-bow was invented in China.

By Murloc on 1/13/2010 10:27:34 AM , Rating: 2
it shoots many arrows at the same moment, and you must not forget that the chinese have a tecnology to give them more attack.
It becomes like 4 arrows x 8+6 damage each = rain of deadly fire

By VitalyTheUnknown on 1/13/2010 9:53:39 AM , Rating: 2
China just doesn't play by Greek rules.


By Woobagong on 1/13/2010 10:18:39 AM , Rating: 2
If we look back a few decades, china has changed A LOT, back there it was not even imaginable what we have today. It takes time to change such a huge country and deeply carved schemes and traditions. How can the highly controlled country be transformed into a "free" one, without falling back into anarchy or even civil war? Russia did take a few steps too rashly, and so the enthusiasm after 1989 was soon followed by a deep disillusion. The free space was used up quickly by corrupted elements. It's going to be hard to get rid of them.

The fear that slows all down in china is that without the iron fist, all mayhem breaks loose. I can understand that fear. Alas, fear was never a good advisor but it influences many decicions in all countries.

It's not a good idea to put too much pressure on the chinese government, this makes them dish out with the iron fist even more... it takes time, a damn long time...

By sorry dog on 1/13/2010 10:37:17 AM , Rating: 2
So I guess it's in the ancient chinese culture rule book that those in power can facilitate cyber-attacks against those that they don't agree with.

I believe China's meteoric rise to power is built on the hard work of millions being allowed to have ambitions, in spite of their government trying to hold them back... albiet to a lesser degree in the last 20 years.

By Hieyeck on 1/13/2010 6:20:52 PM , Rating: 1
Because improvement from Top-Down has worked out SO well for Russia (see Gorbachev).

The stupid thing is to try and change everything overnight, it leads to violence and destruction. The one thing Chinese culture has learned in 4000 years of continuous existence (which NO other culture in the world can boast of) is patience. Deng Xiaoping's greatest accomplishment wasn't throwing open the doors of China, but merely unlocking the door. China is trying to reign in it's potential because if it grows too fast (as it might possibly be doing), the rest of the world will fear it and try to stamp it out. Not just that, but internally, if growth goes unchecked, it will turn into a cluttered, disorganized sprawl, the likes of which you see in LA. Tokyo is half the size of LA with 4 times the population and I can say that its urban planning and layout is HEAPS more efficient and economical.

You must first learn to walk, before you can run.

By The0ne on 1/13/2010 2:48:23 PM , Rating: 2
I said America is #1 damn you. Show your American dumb-ass spirt and agree or we'll bomb the crap out of you!

By Ammohunt on 1/13/2010 1:47:56 PM , Rating: 2
I am not buying it it only took 10 years for China turn into Communist dicatorship.

By Hieyeck on 1/13/2010 6:28:22 PM , Rating: 1
Good lord, read some history. If you look at the 'Communist Dictatorship' of China in its early times, it really isn't that much different from the absolute monarchies that ruled for 4000 years. Hell, the emperors and Mao even promised the same things.

(I ignored the period where China was "officially" ruled by the Nationalists, because for most of that period, China was fractured and ruled by numerous warlords, and the nationalists only came out on top for a few years)

By rudy on 1/13/2010 10:25:39 PM , Rating: 2
It takes alot less time to develop now days because the technology to do so is all in place and all you have to do is read to know what to do. It took them 50 years because they weren't really doing it right before.

The real crime is that while we think China is this great fiscally smart country they may not be. And this is sad because if one of the big BRIC nations tumbles we may go into that depression we spent so much to avoid no matter what.

The point is you cannot compare growth now to growth in a technologically inferior time. Now days any half educated country has almost no excuse for the government making huge mistakes.

By bob4432 on 1/14/2010 4:19:41 AM , Rating: 2
that breakneck speed is called theft.

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