There is tons of news out there on Google’s contemplating a withdraw from China. There are over 2,500 news articles on the topic. WSJ.com is just one example.
Google's Watershed Moment in China
There's little doubt this is a watershed moment for Google. By publicly contemplating a withdrawal from China, the company is showing it values its reputation for providing a secure service to users more than a leading position in a massive and growing market.
But is pulling out the right decision?
Near-term, Google's internal agonizing will be soothed by the knowledge China remains a small part of its global business. Google's China operations will contribute just 1% of its 2010 profits, Citi Investment Research says.
Telegraph UK has a timeline article on the activity in China. Look at the activities over the past year.
China blocks YouTube, which is owned by Google.
China blocks Google.com and Gmail briefly as it accuses Google of spreading obscenity over the internet.
Kaifu Lee resigns, amid rumours that pressure from the Chinese government had become intolerable. John Liu is appointed to replace him.
A group of Chinese authors accuse Google of violating their copyright by reproducing their work on its Google Books service.
Rumours suggest Google had heavily reduced its staff in China.
Google announces it will stop self-censoring and that it may pull out of the country after a series of cyber attacks.
My blog is my own little lab to get information on how things work. Curious I went to Google Analytics to see where China fit in GreenM3 traffic position. Spot #30.
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With results that low am I being censored? I get no search hits from Baidu, China’s leading search engine.