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Google: A Final Goodbye to China?

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When Google announced in January that there was a distinct possibility of the company ceasing operations in China, a backlash was certainly expected. When one never came, those in the technology world were left scratching their heads. Early explanations suggest that local Chinese search engine Baidu would simply move to fill in the gap left by an exit by Google. While some may wonder why the youth population in China is not worried about this new restriction of the internet, it can be understood that China has done a good job of marketing replacements for popular American websites, such as Facebook or Youtube. Since the content of these sites has been deemed as a threat to Chinese national internet, the government has put forth replacements for these sites, known as RenRen and Youku, respectively. It seems the same is true for Google, and that while those in the Western world would see the loss of the popular search engine as damaging, China has already implemented an alternative, albeit, one that is run by the state.


Written by brianjrees

February 3, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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