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Google addresses a problem with Mainland searching … finally

For a bleeding-edge tech company, it's sure hard not to feel Google's been a bit slow to acknowledge and address a phenomenon that anyone in China has been witnessing for years -- search results are censored.

In a new video and blog post, the folks at Google illustrate the problem and explain that they will now be notifying users that their search query may result in access to Google being cut off for a minute or …

Fact or Fiction IV: March Madness

Welcome back one and all to the March edition of Fact or Fiction.  Those of you who read either of the last three will know, every edition I will have a guest and we will discuss a few of the big issues in China of the day. Every answer will have a “Fact” or a “Fiction” and some justification to go along with it.

Today my guest is fellow Laowai blogger Matt.  He is the resident Kunminger (that is a word, right?…

Google.cn moves to HK, guess it wasn’t just about the money

If you've somehow missed the news, Google.cn has officially exited China, sort of. Instead of pulling out of the country completely, they've moved the search division of their business to Hong Kong, which is free of the political censorship rules that the Mainland's internet is subject to.

Now when visiting google.cn, visitors are automatically redirected to Google.com.hk, which now features Simplified Chinese opt…

Video: Sergey Brin speaks about Google’s China decision

Here's a great video recorded at TED2010 earlier this month in which TED curator Chris Anderson talks to Google co-founder Sergey Brin about the company's recent statements about their China operations. You can read the whole transcript of the talk here.

Apologies for the far right-side of the video being cut off. It shouldn't affect functionality of the embedded video and is only a minor amount of the actual …

Google and the Illegal Flower Tribute

At this point, everyone knows about Google’s decision to channel Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name” and more or less say “Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me” when it comes to complying with China’s internet censorship laws.  In its January 12 blog post, Google stated that the company does in fact recognize that leaving search results unfiltered could mean the end of Google.cn and the end of their bus…

Fact or Fiction II: Electric Googaloo!

Welcome back to Fact or Fiction.  In case you missed it last time, it is an (ir)regular feature here on Lost Laowai.  Every edition I will have a guest and we will discuss a few of the big issues in China of the day.  Every answer will have a "Fact" or a "Fiction" and some justification to go along with it.

Today, like much of the blogosphere we will be talking about the Google vs. GFW debate.   Which makes my gue…

Google threatens to pull plug on Google.cn

Google has announced that it might soon pull the plug on its operations in China, citing grave concerns over some recent, bizarre hack attacks, and lack of freedom of speech.

The official notice on the main Google blog reveals that a concerted hacking attack, which originated in China, has been using phishing and malware to access the accounts of human rights activists.

In the statement, the Chief Legal Off…

The Great Firewall: longer, higher, meaner

The already unfortunate situation of internet censorship in China - imposed by the so-called Great Firewall - has been slowly getting worse this year, making a mockery of claims that the Olympics would open up China in terms of allowing a greater spread of communication and discussion. This year the Great Firewall has metamorphosed from a paranoid bug into a malignant disease, a raging cancer, blighting creativity, f…

Is Google Being Evil in China?

The Chinese government notoriously dislikes any organisation, particularly a foreign one, communicating directly to its people - so it's little wonder that the story of Google in China has been one of jumping through fiery hoops.

This week Google has been under attack in China over internet pornography, especially with regards its 'search suggestions' drop-down box, which can suggest some salacious terms for fairl…