After China hacked a Chinese Human Rights Activists through GMail, Google said, 'We Recognize That This May Well Mean Having To Shut Down Google.cn, And Potentially Our Offices in China.' Some suggest this is because the workers at Google were over it with cooperating on censorship on behalf of one of the most brutal, murderous, and violently repressive communist dictatorships in the world. Others suggest it's because a government-connected Chinese company has already fielded a search engine that has more than half the Chinese market and Google saw that its days were numbered. And some suggest Google figured the good PR would help their fortunes in non-Chinese markets, more than making up for the loss of Chinese revenue at a time when Microsoft was coming after them with their new search engine, Bing. Odds are that all of these considerations came together as the perfect storm. Now if other American companies would - as the Google slogan goes - "Do No Evil" and stop manufacturing products in China, we may be able to get our economy back together again!
Jan. 13, 2010 8:32 am