Kai-Fu Lee’s time as president of Google China began with controversy, as Microsoft sued the search company for poaching him, then faced a countersuit by Google. His departure was a severe blow for Microsoft’s Chinese operations, and brought out the depth of the animosity between the two companies.
Mr Lee’s impending departure from Google has also sparked debate – not least because it is still unclear exactly why he is leaving and what he is going on to do. Read more
Joseph Menn, Richard Waters and Kathrin Hille report on Chinese internet censorship:
“This week, an open letter appeared on Chinese blogs and online bulletin boards. “Hello, internet censorship institutions of the Chinese government,” it said. “We are the anonymous netizens. We hereby decide that from July 1 2009, we will start a full-scale global attack on all censorship systems you control.”” Read more
As a near total black-out of YouTube in China moves well into its second day, the feeling must be growing in Mountain View that Google is just not welcome in the Middle Kingdom.
If this is censorship, then it looks very heavy-handed. Unlike previous cases of YouTube censorship, which have often involved selectively blocking offending videos, this one is sweeping. Read more