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  • xor
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    Re: Google and China

    According to the Statistical Survey Report of Internet Development in China 2009, from the China Internet Network Information Center, the following are the most used search engines in China:

    Yahoo 82%
    Google 61%
    Baidu 25%
    MSN 2%
    sougou 2%
    Others 9%

    So while I mostly agree with SHA-hi's statement, Bing is not number 2 here in the United States according to SEO Consultants.

    Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask

    2009 12 72.52% 14.99% 8.81% 2.52% 98.84%
    2009 09 70.46% 16.73% 9.28% 2.50% 98.97%
    2009 08 70.24% 16.96% 9.44% 2.37% 99.01%
    2009 07 72.07% 17.00% 7.31% 2.58% 98.96%
    2009 06 74.04% 16.19% 4.99% 3.15% 98.37%
    2009 05 73.66% 15.55% 5.64% 3.81% 98.66%
    2009 04 72.68% 16.29% 5.67% 3.96% 98.60%
    2009 03 72.13% 16.56% 5.50% 4.02% 98.21%
    2009 02 72.11% 17.52% 5.55% 3.47% 98.65%

    Though an analysis of how these numbers were obtained is definitely in order.

    xor

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  • SHA-hi
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    Originally posted by Fallenour View Post
    Google pulling out of china will cause a substantial amount of damage to china itself, since they are both a major producer, as well as a technologically dominant country, lossing 26 percent of your search engine capabilities will cause damage due to the fact that its major competitors there wont be able to handle just a massive increase in traffic right away.
    I would disagree... that's like asking what happens if Bing pulled out North America. What would you do?

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  • Fallenour
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    Google pulling out of china will cause a substantial amount of damage to china itself, since they are both a major producer, as well as a technologically dominant country, lossing 26 percent of your search engine capabilities will cause damage due to the fact that its major competitors there wont be able to handle just a massive increase in traffic right away.

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  • hexeditor
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    this is a kind of limiting the freedom of expression....i hope they will set the parameters what should be blocked

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  • Thorn
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    TechRepublic's take on it:
    "How China exposed Google's hypocrisy"

    http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/se...07&tag=nl.e036

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  • SalusaSecondus
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    I still think that one of the most interesting pieces of this is how public Google is being. No one that I've talked to is surprised that insiders may have been involved (and I even hypothesized a few posts ago that the enforced vacation was due to this exact issue).

    This kind of public "Look at how we screwed up" really isn't common in the US, so the reasoning behind that needs to be examined. From what I've been reading about the finances involved, I'm not inclined to believe that this is simply due to being beat by Baidu. I am now relatively convinced that there was more going on than that.

    I think we've got a few weeks before even the key points of this start leaking out and much longer before the full story is told. The pure economic argument just doesn't seem to hold up anymore.

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  • shrdlu
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    Well, well, well. Color me surprised. Not. My favorite bits from the Reuter's article that Bascule posted?

    Local media, citing unnamed sources, reported that some Google China employees were denied access to internal networks after Jan. 13, while some staff were put on leave and others transferred to different offices in Google's Asia Pacific operations. Google said it would not comment on its business operations.
    Oh, noes! So, it wasn't a vacation leave for everyone, then?

    Looks like I have the appropriate amount of cynicism. Again.

    Baidu 1, Google 0. Game, set, and match.

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  • theprez98
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    Originally posted by bascule View Post
    Speculation that Google employees may have helped perpetrate the attack:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTOE60H07V20100118
    Insider threat? Say it ain't so!

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  • bascule
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    Speculation that Google employees may have helped perpetrate the attack:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTOE60H07V20100118

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  • noid
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    Originally posted by SalusaSecondus View Post
    From an economic perspective, all the motivation they need to pull out from China is if the cost of doing business there (Bad PR, Loss of IP, Security Response, etc.) is greater than their (expected) profits (which, from what I've heard, are low there). So, this could (to support shrdlu's cynicism) simply be a business decision + PR stunt. ("We're pulling out of China, how do we not make this look like a failure and retreat and possibly get some good will in the rest of the world ...?")
    I think you hit the nail on the head there. It's more about them getting their asses handed to them by Baidu then suddenly, just now, realizing that the Chinese government is bad. But they need a way out that doesn't look like retreat.

    Judging by some of the doe-eyed, chest clutching responses in this thread and across the Internet, I'd say they've managed to dupe enough folks to pull it off.

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  • bascule
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    McAfee has been referring to the hack as "Project Aurora" after a string found in one of the paths of the compiled executables used in the attack:

    http://www.techcrunch.com/2010/01/17...tion-aurora-2/

    Due to the scope of the attack and use of previously unreleased IE exploits in a targeted attack against multiple corporations, they're also calling it "a watershed moment in cybersecurity"

    Personally I think the policy implications of the aftermath are far more interesting than the attack itself

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  • theprez98
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    It seems to me that Google has already decided to leave; the overtures to the Chinese government are probably just a way to appear diplomatic.

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  • SalusaSecondus
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    According to NPR (Marketplace) this morning, Google has asked all workers at its Chinese offices to take some vacation time.

    This seems to add more weight to the non-economic motives argument. Google has determined that paying these workers to do nothing at all is more valuable than having them in the office? Something strange is going on.

    Possible explanations that I see (in no particular order):
    • Google believes that there is an insider threat in its Chinese offices
    • Google believes that there is a physical threat (includes police detention/questioning) to its offices and is trying to keep its workers safe.
    • Google is trying to signal to the Chinese government that it is serious about leaving, so the government better sit down at the bargaining table if they want to keep them around.

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  • bascule
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    This is pretty fucking awesome... go Google:

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/n...-aftermath.ars

    Google's security team managed to penetrate one of the servers being used by the attackers, which was how the full extent of the attack—more than 30 companies—was revealed.
    Some real life CTF shit there

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8458269.stm

    It's estimated Google would've made $600 billion in China in 2010. To put that in perspective that's 10% of their 2008 operating income. This is clearly a decision that wasn't made lightly.

    It seems the State Department is none too happy about this:

    http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2010/01/135105.htm

    We have been briefed by Google on these allegations, which raise very serious concerns and questions. We look to the Chinese government for an explanation. The ability to operate with confidence in cyberspace is critical in a modern society and economy. I will be giving an address next week on the centrality of internet freedom in the 21st century, and we will have further comment on this matter as the facts become clear.
    I don't think this is going to end well. But hey, look on the bright side, the government may soon be hiring hackers for the upcoming cyber war
    Last edited by bascule; January 13, 2010, 20:48.

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  • xor
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    Originally posted by TheCotMan View Post
    "Who watches the watchmen?"

    The watchy watchers, watch the watch-PEOPLE

    xor

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