John Paczkowski

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Beijing to Google’s China Partners: Nice Site You Got There. Shame if Something Happened to It.

If Google makes good on its threat to end censorship on its Chinese site,, its search partnerships in the country will likely be forfeited–the Chinese government is making certain of that. An unnamed “industry expert” tells the New York Times that Beijing has been warning Chinese Web portals that rely on Google’s Custom Search service they had better reconsider their affiliation with the search giant.

Among the sites allegedly approached: Infotainment portal and lifestyle site, which feature Google’s search box on their homepages. Both are now presumably mulling alternatives like Baidu, China’s largest search engine and one that happily censors its results according to Chinese government regulations.

News of Beijing’s latest moves comes amid reports that Google (GOOG) is on the brink of shuttering On Friday, the Financial Times reported that Google is “99.9 percent” certain it will close its Chinese-language search service.


Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus