Liz Gannes

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China Is Messing With Gmail, Says Google

Google is explicitly blaming the Chinese government for the unreliability of its Gmail service over the past month for users in China. The company on Sunday issued a statement to multiple outlets: “Relating to Google there is no issue on our side. We have checked extensively. This is a government blockage carefully designed to look like the problem is with Gmail.” The alleged meddling is thought to be related to online activism in China inspired by the recent spate of pro-democracy protests in the Middle East. Last year Google started redirecting Chinese users to its Hong Kong search engine, citing Chinese censorship and hacking.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald