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Google may change the world (again)

Now I do not think a single person can deny that Google has revolutionised the web. It's core of web search has become the default for most (English Speaking) web users but beyond that Google is influencing almost every area of the internet from Google wave looking to up turn web mail standards and it's advertising arm's influence is growing and growing.

Basically Google is THE FORCE to be reckoned with online. However, Google's power in the real world is also very interesting. Many people have been talking lots about the new Google phone called the Nexus One saying it may transform the phone market.

I believe that Google has just opened up a new area where it may revolutionise the world (again).

Google is taking on China. Read this blog by Google. To sum up, Google believes China's goverment tried to hack Google. Google has "evidence to suggest that a primary goal of the attackers was accessing the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists." Google has in the past worked with China to filter their search results to obey the Chinese laws and it got slated for it. Everyone and anyone shouted about how bad Google was to restrict its search.

Google seems to be flexing it muscles, saying
These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered--combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web--have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China. We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China.

It's setting up to try and force China to back down on its censorship rules.
Or Google will leave China. How valuable is Google to China?

I think we will find out in the near future.


Google's moto of "Don't be Evil" is being made more truthful as it faces up to the bully China.


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