Top100 Looks Beyond Google
Life after Google’s (GOOG) decision to stop censoring its Chinese search results has prompted some adjustments for its Chinese digital music partner, Orca Digital.
The search giant now has permission from authorities to link Chinese users to an uncensored version of its site in Hong Kong, but its China operations are still at the discretion of the government, a fact which continues to cast uncertainty over its businesses and partnerships here.
Orca Digital Chief Executive Gary Chen said the company, which runs a free, ad-supported music downloading and streaming service in partnership with Google, saw a dip in traffic a few months after Google began automatically redirecting Chinese visitors to Google.com.hk in March. But the decrease wasn’t significant — just about five percent — Chen said, and the company is now serving seven million to eight million downloads and streams a day.