Google Leaving China … sort of

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Google’s long awaited decision

In a long-awaited announcement, Google said Monday that it will stop censoring search services on google.cn, its Chinese search site.
Google said it is now redirecting its Chinese users to Hong Kong site google.com.hk, which offers uncensored search results, according to its company blog.
“We want as many people in the world as possible to have access to our services, including users in mainland China, yet the Chinese government has been crystal clear throughout our discussions that self-censorship is a non-negotiable legal requirement,” the company said in its blog post.
The company said it “very much hopes” that the government of China respects its decision, though it is “well aware” that the Chinese authorities could block access to its services for users within the country’s borders.
Google will continue its wider business operations in China, including its ad sales business, though the search company conceded that the size of its sales workforce will be partially dependent on the ability of mainland Chinese users to access google.com.hk.
In addition to search, Google generates revenue from an ad sales business in China, its Android mobile phone operating system and its Chrome browser business. It also runs a host of Web services in China, including e-mail service Gmail.
Analysts widely agree with Google’s assessment that discontinuing its  search operations in China would have an “immaterial” effect on its revenue.
Google.cn had tens of millions of users in China, but was unable to control  more than about a third of China’s search market as it struggled to beat the  tough competition of entrenched search rivals such as Baidu.

In a long-awaited announcement, Google said Monday that it will stop censoring search services on google.cn, its Chinese search site. Google said it is now redirecting its Chinese users to Hong Kong site google.com.hk, which offers uncensored search results, according to its company blog.

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‘China’s Megatrends’ – John and Doris Naisbitt’s Interview

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Bestselling authors John and Doris Naisbitt

 John Naisbitt found success with his bestseller “Megatrends.” Now, he and his wife Doris have published a new book about China. They argue that the country has developed a new political and social system — and may be more democratic than the West.

 

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End of Cancer Deaths Predicted By 2015

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In 2003, Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach, then director of the National Cancer Institute outlined his goal to eliminate suffering and death from cancer by 2015. “This prediction does not mean that we will eliminate cancer by then,” he said, “I don’t know when that will happen. But the challenge is to understand the disease and create interventions so that no one will suffer and die prematurely from cancer.”

 

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Road To Somewhere Divides Alaskans

Road To Somewhere Divides Alaskans 

 Alaska wants to build a 17-mile road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge to connect two remote outposts.

Among the many bills Congress is considering before it recesses for the November elections is a proposed land swap between the State of Alaska and the federal government that would allow a gravel road to be built through a remote national wildlife refuge.

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