After hackers, possibly Chinese government types, used the search engine to track down dissidents and activists, Google announced that it was reconsidering its service in China, which provides a stripped-down version that excludes items deemed inappropriate by the Chinese government.
For years, Google has said some search was better than no search in China and it was hopeful its service would help liberalize the flow of information in the communist nation.
So much for that...
Other stuff to see:
- Jeff Jarvis: "What Google Should Do"
- NY Times: "Google's Threat Echoed Everywhere, Except China"
- NY Times: "Google Would Abandon Lucrative Market"