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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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work