Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Mar 2010 22:35 UTC
Google Two months ago, Google announced its intention to stop censoring search results in China, while also stating it may even leave the country altogether. The announcement followed the news that Chinese crackers had attempted to crack the accounts of human rights activists. The search giant has stayed true to its word: starting today, search results are no longer censored in China. Google employed a clever trick to get there: they reroute Chinese users to the uncensored Hong Kong version of Google. Instant update: China has already responded: "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."
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RE: Comment by Kroc
by mintar on Tue 23rd Mar 2010 09:39 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
mintar
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Why else is it that the majority of world-changing services are coming out of America? It’s not because America has smarter people (it doesn’t—China has more honour students than America has students).

Google knows that long term, Freedom wins, and thus, so will they.


Although I love the romantic idea that freedom always wins, I'm afraid I cannot believe that.

In time, China will be more innovative than America. This is just the way industrial development works - you start by copying, and when you are up to par, you start innovating. It doesn't make much sense to improve your existing products if there is already something better you can simply copy.

Look at Japan: When Japan started copying German cars in the 50s, the German car makers were laughing and saying that the Japanese can make a bad copy, but they will never innovate. The Germans stopped laughing soon enough.

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