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12 January 2010 @ 04:38 pm
This year's "Where Were You When..." Moment  
Google's New Approach to China. Seriously. Read it.
Anselmribbin on January 13th, 2010 07:04 am (UTC)
Seriously. Heavy stuff there.
Zachzml on January 13th, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)
It's awesome until you realize that China will just shut them down. There's already native competition in China, like Baidu.
Noahangelbob on January 13th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
It's awesome, even realizing that.

I'm aware that Google has only 19% market share in China. I'm still very, very impressed by the statement "if we can't provide uncensored results, we won't operate there."
Camille, Destroyer of Worldsskamille on January 14th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
Me too, I am proud of Google for taking a stand.
Cool-Mantg2k on January 14th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
Though I wonder what this means for Android phones in China. They have/had a big chance to tap that market and it may now vanish.
Camille, Destroyer of Worldsskamille on January 14th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
I wonder how related the two things are. It is beyond my business law comprehension to even begin to guess what the implications of Google pulling their corporate presence out of China would do for things like Android.
Cool-Mantg2k on January 14th, 2010 03:30 am (UTC)
Well, Google's point for making Android is to push Google searching and other apps. But if there is no Chinese Google to search with, then there is little point to have Android there.

Then again, Android is open source so other companies can always continue making sure it is ported to China and they can throw in Chinese search engines.
msde on January 14th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
They needed to do something drastic. You can't succeed there operating like an international company, you have to do business the way it's done in mainland China.

Maybe if more companies start defending their IP, more inroads will be made into China. Otherwise, maybe the great firewall will have to start working both ways. (It already does for a lot of email)