The GoDaddy Buzz: GoDaddy, the net’s largest domain-name registrar, announced Wednesday it would stop selling .cn domain names, saying it was unwilling to comply with new rules from the Chinese government that require new and existing .cn domain-name holders to provide photo ID.
The Google Buzz: China has said Google's move to stop censoring search results is "totally wrong" and accused it of breaking a promise made when it launched in China. The US giant is redirecting users in mainland China to its unrestricted Hong Kong site, although Chinese firewalls mean results still come back censored. Beijing said the decision should not affect ties with Washington.
Google in China
2000: A Chinese-language interface is developed for the google.com website.
2006: Launch of China-based google.cn search page with censored results.
Mar-Jun 2009: China blocks access to Google's YouTube site; access to other Google online services is denied to users.
Jan 2010: Jan 2010 Google announces it is no longer willing to censor searches in China and may pull out of the country.
Feb 2010: Hacking attacks on Google are traced to mainland China.
March 2010: Google says it will re-route searches to its Hong Kong-based site.
It's good to see substantial corporate entities taking the high road in China. Google tried, but China's backward policies finally forced Google to say "enough."
Similarly, GoDaddy is not likely to start checking government-issued photo IDs when it registers a domain.
We do have to wonder, though, will the GoDaddy girl have something to say about China in her next hott ad. We can only hope. Might I suggest something with Jennifer Love Hewitt's cleavage, legs, and sparkly dress?
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