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A little here, a little there: More on Google’s decision to stop censoring

posted by on 2010.03.23, under china, google in china, information, technology, video, wow

I’ve been trying to get my mind around Monday’s announcement from Google that it would shift its servers from mainland China and to Hong Kong - a move which it viewed as legal but would let them run a non-censored site.

That site, as we all know by now, would redirect users to

China unleashed a volley of criticism and the fallout and analysis quickly took place.

At the risk of tossing out a simplistic answer to a complicated issue touching free speech, sovereignty in a country that has seen uprisings, instability and occupation and increasingly complex U.S.-China relations, there is the thought that revolves around a simple phrase that people in Washington, D.C. are all too familiar:

To get along, you go along.

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Google and China: Killing the chicken to frighten the monkey

posted by on 2010.03.23, under china, google in china, history

The Chinese government has started blocking Hong Kong-based, a day after the California technology company announced it was shifting its servers from Beijing to the former colony, The New York Times reported.

Google on Monday started to operate without filters.

One fallout from the highly-watched spat stemming from hacked Google Gmail accounts and reports of stolen code is that Chinese and Hong Kong companies are ending relationships with the California company, or at least halting them for now.

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Google rolls the dice, lifts censorship in China, shifts servers to Hong Kong

posted by on 2010.03.22, under china, google in china, information, technology

These pandas were part of a museum exhibit last year in the United States. The exhibit looked at change, specifically in the design field. Image source: Portland Art Museum

Consider Google’s decision to stop censoring its site and shift its servers to Hong Kong, both of which were announced Monday, as just a point on a very long line.

This is fascinating. But it is, by no means, the end point.

The Associated Press, in its report, called it a way around censorship. The New York Times moved a version of this historic episode regarding the Internet.

If there’s anything to remember about the epic view of Chinese history in this wave-making incident, it’s that, well, senior leaders have a good memory.

Just as leaders in any country like to win, they also are happy when they get their way.

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To Live: Winning, losing and appreciating

posted by on 2010.03.04, under china, context, history, video, wow

Long before Chinese director Zhang Yimou gained international fame for his eye-catching, impressive opening ceremony to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, he had a reputation for making epic movies full of soul, grit, dramatic storytelling.

I raise this now because To Live, which was made in 1994, has moments to keep in mind.

As in: What you have might not always be yours. Winners can become losers. Losers can become winners.

Overall, though, appreciation – in my mind – is tops.

The above clip highlights that clearly – with the adult son of a wealthy mansion owner losing everything while gambling. That launched an epic look at China’s history through his eyes and experience.

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Google in China: Recent developments

posted by on 2010.01.22, under china, google in china, history, information, wow

Flowers rest on Google's sign in Beijing. Photo source: hunxue-er's photostream on flickr

I thought I’d give the Google-China news hours to pass from Thursday’s developments before I typed my thoughts.

My initial ones: The dramatic twists continue, the rhetoric fascinates and with everything in life, it’s best to remember that what you think might be the core of the debate, the center of the action could just be a diversion to the main attraction.

Or it really could be the center.

We also know that much face has been lost in this brouhaha. By the way, senior Chinese leaders don’t like to lose face – that’s why closed-door meetings with them are preferred.

Given that Google brought its charges – that Gmail accounts were hacked and intellectual property was stolen – so publicly how will Google and the Chinese government save face?

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Noted: Hackers took Google’s code

posted by on 2010.01.19, under china, google in china, history, information, wow

I’ll get to some lighter things for this blog soon.

But I’m glad I read The New York Times article by John Markoff and Ashlee Vance about hackers and safety concerns of software companies because it reminded me of information swirling in the Google in (or possibly out of) China drama.

That is: Exactly what was the target of the hackers from China who broke into Google?

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Losing face, stating facts: Google in China

posted by on 2010.01.19, under china, google in china, information, technology, wow

I don’t know whether all the online copy moving about Google’s possible exit from China is good - meaning that there’s plenty to read – or somewhere else on the charts – meaning that there’s plenty to read.

But a quick visit to the People’s Daily revealed an article about Google investigating whether its own employees in China had participated in what executives have described as sophisticated attacks on the Internet giant, including hacked Gmail accounts of activists critical of senior leaders in Beijing.

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Following Google news, China tells world: Its Internet market jumped to 384 million

posted by on 2010.01.18, under china, google in china, information, technology, wow

This graphic illustration was part of a U.S. art show last year about design changes in China. It also captures business change, too. Image source: Portland Art Museum

I thought that kicking off 2010 with a video of California jellyfish moving gracefully in the water would be a colorful, neutral and fun way to begin the New Year.

Well, the sound you heard emanating from China in recent days, including Monday, was the popping cork from the Google-Chinese government brouhaha getting louder and more dramatic – in numeric terms, words being used and ensuing actions.

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Google, China and the Year of the Tiger

There is a real – and sad – possibility that U.S.-China relations this year might become tenser.

Tensions have been lurking about for years on a variety of issues, including trade and currency valuation. The Google news this week – announcing that the company wanted an unfiltered search engine in China and sophisticated cyber attacks against Gmail – marks the first cork to pop for 2010.

For the most part, China - including its economy and the nation as a whole – is ascending. Its leaders are using their new economic, political and global clout in many noticeable ways.

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Pop quiz: What’s the best way to bring prehistoric dinosaur fossils to USA?

posted by on 2009.12.05, under china, history

This fossilized saber-tooth cat skull from China was found in a Chicago mailing facility more than two years ago. It was returned to the Chinese government. Some say that "fossil rustling" has become hot, especially in China and Mongolia. Photo source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection


That is a question to think about – at least for some people these days.

What is the best way to bring dinosaur fossils, some believed to be more than 100 million years old, as well as dinosaur eggs into the United States?

The answer depends on your market.

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