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Google's China Loss Is Bing's Gain

As you probably know, Google no longer has a native search engine for mainland China. but instead redirects users to its uncensored Hong Kong engine. This all stems from a dispute over Chinese hacking which made the government-mandated censorship suddenly unacceptable.

What's interesting is that Hong Kong is now officially part of China proper. However, the Chinese authorities have wisely let Hong Kong hang onto some of its long-held freedoms and run it as a separate "administrative region."

Always on the lookout for opportunity, Microsoft continues to follow the Chinese rules and is actually looking to get bigger in China, Microsoft now says.

What do you think? Should American companies follow the rules of other countries even if they conflict with our values? Shoot me your ideas at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on March 29, 2010 at 11:53 AM


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