Google to logout of China: The countdown starts

Google is expected to wind up its operations in China, by april 10, though this news has not been officially released by them. Googles move to quit China was brought to the knowledge of the tech community after it announced about its plan in January  this year. Googles decision was the result of the restrictions imposed by the Chinese government to filter its search results. Google currently holds  35 percent of the Chinese search market, compared to its local competitor Baidu which dominates with 60 percent share. Baidu was in news recently for its fraudulent high-cost-per-click advertisements that blocked smaller websites in its search results for not opting-in to Baidu’s advertising pograms.

The Chinese government seems to have no regret for its moves in the Google issue  and its  Minister for  Industry and Information Technology has been quoted saying that Google should either abide to the law or pay the consequences, giving no sign of possible compromise in their dispute over the censorship and hacking.

Even if Google shuts down its Google labs, it would continue to run a development center in Beijing for a full fledged mobile  phone business. The workforce at the Google camp in china is expected to be around 700.

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China’s Internet search giant in trouble

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Baidu is the leading Chinese search engine for websites, audio files, and images. Baidu offers 57 search and community services including an online collaboratively-built encyclopedia (Baidu Baike), and a searchable keyword-based discussion forum. As of 21 March 2008, Baidu is ranked 19th overall in Alexa’s internet rankings.In December 2007 Baidu became the first Chinese company to be included in the NASDAQ-100 index.

On 15 and 16 November 2008, the state-owned China Central Television exposed during the popular lunchtime 30-minute news that Baidu used fraudulent high-cost-per-click advertisements as its search results; many smaller websites were blocked by Baidu as a result of not opting-in to Baidu’s advertising programs.Baidu’s share price on NASDAQ shrank by approximately 25% following the revelation .
On 17 November 2008, Baidu issued an apology which stated, “We put too much effort in competing technically with Google, and in doing so overlooked our advertising system and its management.

Now it has been accussed of  allowing unlicensed medical services to buy high search rankings.The unlicensed clinic paid Baidu nearly 17 yuan per click (£1.60) for a prominent ranking, according to a report.
Robin Li, Baidu’s chief executive officer, told the state news agency Xinhua  that the firm had sacked staff over the case and could fire more. “We have already fired people who helped fabricate documents for unlicensed suppliers,” he said.

We have removed the keywords of all four clients mentioned in the report and have begun to double-check the licenses of all other hospitals and pharmacies on our client list,” he added.

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