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Analysts say Google's departure from China would help market leader Baidu, which cooperates closely with govt. on censorship

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13 January 2010

Chinese Internet users praise Google's threat to exit

Author: David Pierson & Barbara Demik, Los Angeles Times

...[While] Chinese cyberspace was awash with chatter on Google's gambit, state-media downplayed the news Tuesday, saying Google had been a victim of cyber attacks in China but made no mention that the company also alleged human rights activists had their e-mail accounts hacked. Nevertheless, word spread quickly among China's savvier Internet users that...[Google] was no longer willing to censor its Chinese-language search engine. Some noticed that Google searches for the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown turned up the banned, but iconic, photograph of a protester standing in front of a line of tanks. "It is the first time a company this size has made a stand like this. People are cheering Google," said Jeremy Goldkorn, whose influential website, danwei.org, has been blocked since last summer by China's...Great Firewall. Bei Feng, a blogger who led a campaign to abolish the firewall, said..."I admire Google's decision a lot"...

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13 January 2010

Google Exit Threatens Chinese Internet, Analysts Say

Author: David Barboza, New York Times

If Google leaves China, the country will suddenly become even more dependent on...Baidu.com. And...analysts say [that] could bode poorly for the long-term development of the Internet in China... One reason for Baidu’s dominance is its close compliance with the nation’s tight Internet regulations and its censorship of Internet content. Baidu played along and Google did not like to, experts say... Hong Bo, a consultant at 5G, a Beijing-based consulting firm [said,] “If the government wants something removed [Baidu] will do it immediately. On the other hand, everything with Google has to go through its headquarters.”

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