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Google redirects to Hong Kong…China moves to stop the flow there from its users…..

[ A girl lit a candle in front of Google China headquarters in Beijing on Tuesday after the company stopped censoring the Internet for China by shifting its search engine off the mainland. ]

In a battle based on idelogogy…Google the Giant California-based search engine has moved out of Mainland China……Citing its distaste for following the Chinese wish for filtering and censorship…….

The move to send users to its Hong Kong site was short sighted and naive…..The Chienese control Hong Kong having assumed that control from the British decades ago….while things may be wild and wholly there…the Owners of Google really seem to have no grasp of what they doing…..

China is Communist country…..

The leadership of that country will not under any circumstances allow for complete intellectual freedom……

They will do anything and everything within their power to uphold their grasp on the country’s political system for it is their life……

In addition, one would think that they would worried that if an American Company Like Google can do this…what would happen next?

Here’s the story…..

The Chinese government moved on Tuesday to restrict access of mainland users to the Hong Kong site, the use of which Google had hoped would allow it to keep its pledge to end censorship while retaining a share of China’s fast-growing Internet search market.

But mainland Chinese users on Tuesday could not see uncensored Hong Kong content because government computers either disabled searches for objectionable content completely or blocked links to certain results.

Beijing officials were clearly angered by Google’s decision, which focused global attention on the government’s censorship policies, and there were signs of possible escalation in the dispute.

China’s biggest cellular communications company, China Mobile, was expected to cancel a deal that had placed Google’s search engine on its mobile Internet home page, used by millions of people daily. In interviews, business executives close to industry officials said the company was planning to scrap the deal under government pressure, despite the fact that China Mobile has yet to contract with a replacement.

Similarly, China’s second-largest mobile company, China Unicom, was said by analysts and others to have delayed or killed the imminent introduction of a cellphone based on Google’s Android platform. One major Internet portal, Tom.com, already had ceased using Google to power its search engine.

Technology analysts and the business executives, who demanded anonymity for fear of retaliation, said that Google might also face problems in keeping its advertising sales force, which is crucial to the success of its Chinese language service.

Several held out the prospect that the government could shut down the company’s Chinese search service entirely by blocking access to Google’s mainland address, google.cn, or to its Hong Kong Web site. As of Tuesday, users who go to google.cn are automatically being sent to the Hong Kong address, google.com.hk.

“It’s going to boil down to whether authorities feel it is acceptable for users to be redirected to that site without having to figure it out themselves,” said Mark Natkin, managing director of Marbridge Consulting, a Beijing-based technology research firm.

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March 23, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Computers, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Google has shut down it China operation…….

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Google.com.hk tells users, “Welcome to the new home of Google Search in China.” Users can search the Web, the Chinese-language Web, the Web in simplified Chinese and Web sites from China. Colored dots point to videos, photos, shopping, maps, music, Google translate and a Chinese-language site called 265.

The Chinese have not backed away from it position that any web hosted site in China will abide by its policy of censorship…..

Google has found that unacceptable ……

And voted against the policy with their foot…..by closing its Chinese operation and asking users to switch to its Hong kong Based search engines …….

Very few other companies could …..or would make the economic decission…..

Just over two months after threatening to leave Chinabecause of censorship and intrusions from hackers, Google on Monday closed its Internet search service there and began directing users in that country to its uncensored search engine in Hong Kong.

While the decision to route mainland Chinese users to Hong Kong is an attempt by Google to skirt censorship requirements without running afoul of Chinese laws, it appears to have angered officials in China, setting the stage for a possible escalation of the conflict, which may include blocking the Hong Kong search service in mainland China.

The state-controlled Xinhua news agency quoted an unnamed official with the State Council Information Office describing Google’s move as “totally wrong.”

“Google has violated its written promise it made when entering the Chinese market by stopping filtering its searching service and blaming China in insinuation for alleged hacker attacks,” the official said.

Google declined to comment on its talks with Chinese authorities, but said that it was under the impression that its move would be seen as a viable compromise.

“We got reasonable indications that this was O.K.,” Sergey Brin, a Google founder and its president of technology, said. “We can’t be completely confident.”

Google’s retreat from China, for now, is only partial. In a blog post, Google said it would retain much of its existing operations in China, including its research and development team and its local sales force. While the China search engine, google.cn, has stopped working, Google will continue to operate online maps and music services in China.

Google’s move represents a powerful rejection of Beijing’s censorship but also a risky ploy in which Google, a global technology powerhouse, will essentially turn its back on the world’s largest Internet market, with nearly 400 million Web users.

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March 22, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Computers, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , | 1 Comment

Google and China……again….

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Bloomberg News

[ Li Yizhong, China’s minister of Industry and Information Technology, speaks at a news conference at the media center for the National People’s Congress ]

Google and China are having problems with the western countries insistence that they NOT continue to accede to the China Government policy of censorship and filtering of its content in its country…..

I don’t how long or how far this is going to go….But Google with 30% of the market there has practically no chance of changing the Chinese policy with is a heart of the Chinese policy  of tight controls on what it populus hears, sees and does……

While China is a Economic powerhouse..it is still at heart a comunist country……

One must never lose sight of that fact……

From a Wall Street Journal piece.….

At a news conference Friday, Li Yizhong, Minister of Industry and Information Technology— the main regulator of China’s Internet industry—was asked by a reporter how China would react if Google does stop censoring Google.cn.

“I hope Google can respect Chinese rules and regulations,” responded Mr. Li. “If you insist on taking this action that violates Chinese laws, I repeat: You are unfriendly and irresponsible, and you yourself will have to bear the consequences.”

U.S. officials said Friday they were closely watching Google’s negotiations with China over the censorship issue, as the outcome could have a “significant” impact on U.S.-China relations.

Those relations have deteriorated in recent months due to other trade and foreign policy disputes. Beijing has protested President Barack Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama and the announcement of new U.S. arms sales to Taiwan. The U.S., meanwhile, has publicly rebuked Beijing for opposing so far new efforts at the United Nations to sanction Iran for its accelerating nuclear program.

On Friday, China fired back at the U.S. for meddling in other countries’ affairs—its standard response to the U.S. State Department’s annual review of Beijing’s human rights record, which was released Thursday.

The U.S. officials said the Obama administration wouldn’t get involved in the Google dispute at this stage at it remains at its heart a commercial issue. But they suggested Washington could be forced to take a much harder line with Beijing on the issue of Internet freedoms and human rights if Google is forced to end its China operations.

The Chinese gambit for all Western businesses working in its markets…

Google’s threat to stop censoring challenges the core premise of engagement with China for the last several decades: that the country is so big and its market so important that it must be accepted on its own terms.

Google is also a giant in its own right…..

Google’s challenge to Beijing stunned the business world. It is unusual for a company to publicly take issue with China’s policies—particularly something as sensitive as censorship—and even rarer for one to talk about the possibility of scaling back its business or leaving a market that is so important.

China will rely on its size and market strength in the end…..

“If Google does indeed get shut down, it is not the end of the story—it is the beginning,” said Xiao Qiang, the director of the China Internet Project at University of California at Berkeley. OIt is the beginning of the ‘Chinternet,’ which is under Chinese government regulation. It will control so much that even Google cannot exist. ther companies will have to face the same choice of whether to continue to operate under China’s heavy regulation or leave the country.

March 12, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Computers, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, Politics, Travel, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

Google’s Super Bowl Ad…….and Why….

From Wired.……

That’s the Google ad from the Supper Bowl in the link above….

Here’s the beginning of the piece which notes that even the big guys whose name’s are icons sometimes need to advertise…..

Google — a big advertising company that doesn’t advertise — debuted at the Super Bowl Sunday. Their ad tells the story of a romance helped along by a series of Google searches conducted by (one is left to imagine) a young man who finds love after a simple plan to study abroad in Paris turns into love, marriage and a need to know how to assemble a crib.

John Battelle more or less ran down Google’s intentions Saturday after Google CEO Eric Schmidt tipped his hand on Twitter. But it was an unexpected move by the search giant which reaps billions from online ads but has eschewed advertising its own brand even as competitors Microsoft and Yahoo have spent 10’s of millions of dollars on television and print creative to compete with the company that nevertheless retains a search market share exceeding 70 percent.

Google’s avoidance of self-promoting commercials might seem unnecessary since their company name is almost a verb when it comes to search. But it is unusual because even big companies with world-known brands find it helpful to remind the public about themselves in a positive light — especially on the Super Bowl. And even Google may also need a little jolt of positive buzz given its bold initiative to scan the world’s books and its high-profile threat to stop censoring search results in China (which means it will be news to some that Google has been censoring search results in China) — to say nothing of its behavioral targeting strategy.

As Battelle reminds, Schmidt in 2006 called brand advertising “The last bastion of unaccountable spending in corporate America.” At something like $3 million per 30-second spot the decision to start (and perhaps finish) a TV campaign on the Super Bowl is a lot like arranging to fly for the first time on the Space Shuttle. And, since it’s just a series of screengrabs of searches, the suggestions as they take shape, and the results which tell the heart-warming narrative, the ad itself must be a contender for the cheapest ever aired during the Super Bowl.

In fact, it wasn’t even produced for the Super Bowl. Schmidt said in a post on the Google blog that the ad, “Parisian Love,” has been on YouTube for over three months and that the company decided “to share it with a wider audience.” Considering that the estimated worldwide audience for Super Bowl XLIV was about one billion people that is an exponentially wider audience than the 1.2 million hits the video has online at this writing.
Damn…that’s a lot of hits!…..

February 10, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Computers, Education, Entertainment, Family, Home, Media, Other Things, The Economy, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Google's Super Bowl Ad…….and Why….

From Wired.……

That’s the Google ad from the Supper Bowl in the link above….

Here’s the beginning of the piece which notes that even the big guys whose name’s are icons sometimes need to advertise…..

Google — a big advertising company that doesn’t advertise — debuted at the Super Bowl Sunday. Their ad tells the story of a romance helped along by a series of Google searches conducted by (one is left to imagine) a young man who finds love after a simple plan to study abroad in Paris turns into love, marriage and a need to know how to assemble a crib.

John Battelle more or less ran down Google’s intentions Saturday after Google CEO Eric Schmidt tipped his hand on Twitter. But it was an unexpected move by the search giant which reaps billions from online ads but has eschewed advertising its own brand even as competitors Microsoft and Yahoo have spent 10’s of millions of dollars on television and print creative to compete with the company that nevertheless retains a search market share exceeding 70 percent.

Google’s avoidance of self-promoting commercials might seem unnecessary since their company name is almost a verb when it comes to search. But it is unusual because even big companies with world-known brands find it helpful to remind the public about themselves in a positive light — especially on the Super Bowl. And even Google may also need a little jolt of positive buzz given its bold initiative to scan the world’s books and its high-profile threat to stop censoring search results in China (which means it will be news to some that Google has been censoring search results in China) — to say nothing of its behavioral targeting strategy.

As Battelle reminds, Schmidt in 2006 called brand advertising “The last bastion of unaccountable spending in corporate America.” At something like $3 million per 30-second spot the decision to start (and perhaps finish) a TV campaign on the Super Bowl is a lot like arranging to fly for the first time on the Space Shuttle. And, since it’s just a series of screengrabs of searches, the suggestions as they take shape, and the results which tell the heart-warming narrative, the ad itself must be a contender for the cheapest ever aired during the Super Bowl.

In fact, it wasn’t even produced for the Super Bowl. Schmidt said in a post on the Google blog that the ad, “Parisian Love,” has been on YouTube for over three months and that the company decided “to share it with a wider audience.” Considering that the estimated worldwide audience for Super Bowl XLIV was about one billion people that is an exponentially wider audience than the 1.2 million hits the video has online at this writing.
Damn…that’s a lot of hits!…..

February 10, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Computers, Education, Entertainment, Family, Home, Media, Other Things, The Economy, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Google asks the NSA for help on the China cyber attacks……….

This issue is not over……

Google has turned to the National Security Agency for technical assistance to learn more about the computer network attackers who breached the company’s cybersecurity defenses last year, a person with direct knowledge of the agreement said Thursday.

The collaboration between Google, the world’s largest search engine company, and the federal agency in charge of global electronic surveillance raises both civil liberties issues and new questions about how much Google knew about the electronic thefts it experienced when it stated last month that it might end its business operations in China, where it said the attacks originated. The agreement was first reported on Wednesday evening by The Washington Post.

By turning to the N.S.A., which has no statutory authority to investigate domestic criminal acts, instead of the Department of Homeland Security, which does have such authority, Google is clearly seeking to avoid having its search engine, e-mail and other Web services regulated as part of the nation’s “critical infrastructure.”

Google made the original complaint and noise because it’s management was deeply disturbed by the Chinese actions……while those actions are par for the course of doing business in that country which does not follow too many of e=anybodies else’s rules…..this new information about Google’s action is going to be headache for the White House, and the State department….for comerce and foreign relations resons……

The question will be… How strongly the Chinese are willing to tramp all over Google’s and other business to go after dissidents?….

While the piece just deals with the civil liberties side of the issue of the Cyber attacks…..The Dog warns….. There will be more to come on this issue from other quarters……..

February 6, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Computers, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Google is doing fine….Thank You…..

The Mega search engine keeps rolling along…..making a money…and has put its conscience in check…

Google Inc. reported its strongest revenue growth in a year and issued its firmest public statement saying it would like to continue doing business in China, a week after it said it may pull out of the country due to a sweeping cyber attack.

The Mountain View, Calif., company said its revenue rose 17% in the fourth quarter to $6.67 billion from a year earlier, up from only 7% revenue growth in the third quarter and 3% growth in the second quarter.

Meanwhile, Google’s profit more than quintupled in the fourth quarter to $1.97 billion, or $6.13 a share, from $382 million, or $1.21 a share, a year ago. During the 2008 quarter, Google took a charge related to investments in AOL Inc. and wireless service provider Clearwire Corp.

The results indicate that Google’s online ad business is growing about as fast as it was at the end of 2008 after a several-quarter slump. In particular, Google said it benefited from marketers continuing to shift spending online during the strong online Christmas shopping season. Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt called the results a strong end to “a rollercoaster year by any measure.”

January 21, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Computers, Entertainment, Media, Other Things, The Economy, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Google's 'going public' causes a lot of head-scratching…..

The Wall Street Journal does a process piece this morning explaining that the Google decision to ‘go public’ on China’s cyber attacks was made by the companies top dogs, who aren’t really too excited about the last four years of doing business in China, anyway……while the country has 300 million users…the head people at Google  are still uneasy with doing business there…..

Reaction in the United States business world has been wonderment….And head-scratching…..The fact is…Most companies are profit driven …The question of cyber attacks is just that…a question…They happen everyday around the world…Not just in China….They are a part of doing business, and they keep a lot of people employed….

As I mentioned in a previous post….the Chinese could care less they will continue to try to pick Google’s pockets to find people they are afraid of……

The top dogs in Google have decision’s to make that will effect them doing business in the country….

And they will probably be alone with that decision…..There is just too much money involved for other countries to complain…let alone thinking of packing it in, and going home…..

January 14, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Computers, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Travel, Updates | , , , | 2 Comments

Google’s ‘going public’ causes a lot of head-scratching…..

The Wall Street Journal does a process piece this morning explaining that the Google decision to ‘go public’ on China’s cyber attacks was made by the companies top dogs, who aren’t really too excited about the last four years of doing business in China, anyway……while the country has 300 million users…the head people at Google  are still uneasy with doing business there…..

Reaction in the United States business world has been wonderment….And head-scratching…..The fact is…Most companies are profit driven …The question of cyber attacks is just that…a question…They happen everyday around the world…Not just in China….They are a part of doing business, and they keep a lot of people employed….

As I mentioned in a previous post….the Chinese could care less they will continue to try to pick Google’s pockets to find people they are afraid of……

The top dogs in Google have decision’s to make that will effect them doing business in the country….

And they will probably be alone with that decision…..There is just too much money involved for other countries to complain…let alone thinking of packing it in, and going home…..

January 14, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Computers, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Travel, Updates | , , , | 2 Comments

Google is worried about China using its system to check on dissent and human rights activists…..

The Chinese government …which has Google by the ‘balls’ on this one….has been using its cyber people to check on messages posted by human right people with-in its borders…..

The Chinese, who do not believe in the West’s definition of freedom, and the right to disagree with your government, doesn’t really care what Google thinks…..

If Google (which I’m sure has talked to the U.S. government) decides to pull out of the country…several local search engine  companies will simply take up the slack…..and Google loses its time spent, market share and investment in a HUGE fast growing economy…..

This is a no win situation for the company……

January 13, 2010 Posted by | Computers, Entertainment, Government, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics | , , , , | 9 Comments