Google (s goog), today took a big step and decided to opt out of China. Whether it was its inability to cope with competition from Baidu or its moral outrage at the recent hacker attacks on its infrastructure, the company is the first Western company to say no to China.
The search giant’s blog says visitors to Google.cn are “being redirected to Google.com.hk, where we are offering uncensored search in simplified Chinese, specifically designed for users in mainland China and delivered via our servers in Hong Kong.” According to some estimates, Google is going to lose about $600 million in revenue this year alone from its China move. Take our poll and share your opinion on Google’s decision.
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