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Tencent Buys Google Social Networking Tencent Buys Google Social Networking(0)

Tencent, China’s No.1 online game operator and its largest instant messaging provider, had bought Comsenz, a Beijing-based social-networking provider, Comsenz said in a statement on its website. Comsenz is backed by Google Inc, Sequoia Capital and Morningside Ventures.
Tencent, which bought a 10 percent stake in Russian Facebook investor Digital Sky Technologies (DST) for $300 million earlier this year, could be on the look out for more acquisitions as it seeks to expand its dominance beyond China.

China’s Internet space is becoming more cut-throat as users become more sophisticated and selective over which products and services they use and companies jostle for attention in an increasingly crowded arena.

Source : Konaxis

Google Look to Cooperation with Chinese SOEs Google Look to Cooperation with Chinese SOEs(0)

Entering Google’s own recruitment information page, we can see on Google’s list of vacant positions are including departments of research and development, products, user interface, sales, management, human resources and marketing. The job locations are mainly Beijing and Shanghai.
The advertisements look interesting – they are not on recruitment sites but on news portals. So we can see Google’s purpose is not really to recruit, or at least its main purpose is not really to recruit, but to speak to the public “Google is coming back to China, and we are recruiting again.”
At the mean time, on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, Google’s CEO said to the press that they made “a mistake in China”.

Sine April 2010, Baidu and other Chinese internet companies started to recruit Google’s senior executives, leaving great vacancy in Google’s headquarter in China.
According to a senior official from Sohu, Google’s recruitment advertisements are sending a signal to the Chinese government and netizens that they have faith in running their business in China after their ICP licence was renewed.
The other thing that is shifting with Google’s recruitment strategy is its attitude toward Chinese government.

Google’s CEO Schmidt said , in an interview, he was an advocate of entering the China market, figuring it was better to engage even if Google had to operate with restrictions.
According to an insider from Baidu, China’s leading search engine service provider, which takes up 70% of China’s market share, “Google is looking forward to cooperation with China’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs). In the third quarter we will see a series of moves conducted by Google. And of course, searching services will still be their main service. Baidu has obtained an 25% increase in the last year, especially since Google’s trouble in China Mainland. I think Google’s return is driven by the great developments of other internet businesses, especially American and other foreign internet companies in China.”

Google Abandons Wave Google Abandons Wave(0)

Google said in a post last night that “Wave has not seen the adoption we would have liked” and that elements of Wave’s technology, including drag-and-drop and character-by-character live typing, are now as open source so users can “liberate their content from Wave”.

Urs Holzle, in his blog, said that Wave has not met Google’s expectation so the company has decided to terminate the development process of Google Wave as an independent product. Holzle also said, although Google Wave has a firm fan base, its popularity does not meet their previous expectations.

Google introduced their new cross-platform communication tool – Google Wave in the past year, looking forward it would become another revolutionary product following twitter.

However, the online community at the time was not very optimistic about Google Wave, who considered Google Wave was simply “a combination of email, Twitter and Google Talk”. They don’t know what actually they can do with Google Wave.

The initial goal of Google Wave was to reduce the reliance of Google’s revenue on adwords.

Regarding the news that Google Waves Googbye to Wave, former CEO of Google.cn, Li Kaifu expressed that in his Sina Weibo “Google has decided to abandon Google Wave and Microsoft did the same thing to their product Kin. Chinese companies should learn the wisdom of giving up. I talked to a superior official of an Internet company. He told me that many Chinese Internet companies don’t want to abandon their products of failure because they don’t want to lose face. But taking the company’s resources as the price for avoiding to lose face is not worth it.”

Chinese netizens have commonly expressed their disappointed on Google’s move. It seems most of Google’s SNS related services have failed. Orkut is not drawing much public attention, neither is Google Wave.

Google search engine is suspected of malicious promotion; monitoring needs to be strengthened Google search engine is suspected of malicious promotion; monitoring needs to be strengthened(0)

July 13, shoes e-commerce site – Le Tao CEO told reporters that as Google search was suspected of infringing Le Tao’s rights, it had sued the latter to court, and Beijing’s Haidian District Court had accepted the case which was expected to be on trial on July 15.

Early in May this year, as Le Tao staff accidentally entered in the Google “Le Tao”, the sponsored links under search box was “to buy sports shoes, Le Tao is not as good as xxx”. Le Tao believed that Google China sold “Le Tao” as keywords to competitors, resulting in the public saw the above bad words used by competitors when searching in Google.

Lawyer of Beijing Tian law firm said: Google’s sale of Le Tao to their competitors in search engine which has a great influence on public was against the Le Tao’s reputation and economic interests.

Bi Sheng further said that from early May to the last exchange of evidences, Google showed distinct five faces, which intended to impute and appease, “After Le Tao staff discovered bad words, they called Google, but was told legal affairs was on leave -it was the first face; after filing in court, this was still not addressed, the staff answered the phone in bad attitude – this was the second face; a few days later, followed quickly by additional legal letters from Le Tao, the result was still not addressed – this was the third faces; after receiving a court summons, Google attitudes was reversed – this was the fourth face; in exchange of evidences, the attitude changed once again, Google denied its acts – this was the fifth face. “

Similarly, another search company Baidu also encountered trouble because of online promotion. On July 8, at the Ministry of Public Security press conference, Deputy Secretary Ministry of Public Security Network Security Protection Agency, Gu Jian, said Baidu Guangzhou Branch Staff provided marketing services for the gambling website “777 live entertainment field” and gained 600,000 yuan of illegal profits.

Google China keep license Google China keep license(0)

The google.cn search site will stop automatically redirecting users to Google’s uncensored search portal in Hong Kong — instead, visitors will be required to click a link to access the Hong Kong site, Google said on Tuesday.

The move comes ahead of a Wednesday deadline for China to renew Google’s operating license. Google said Beijing had made it clear it was unhappy with the company’s three-month old system of re-routing Chinese Web surfers to google.com.hk.

“Without an ICP license, we can’t operate a commercial website like Google.cn so Google would effectively go dark in China,” wrote Google Chief Legal Officer David Drummond on the company’s corporate blog.

The website tweak is Google’s latest attempt to strike a delicate balance between standing up to China’s policy of Internet censorship while maintaining a presence in a market considered key to its future growth.

If accessed from mainland China, the Hong Kong search engine does not offer unfettered access to information the government wants blocked as domestic firewalls prevent connections to many websites that Beijing objects to.

The Google.hk.com site is also periodically unavailable from mainland China, and searches can be unstable.

At least three other licenses for Google business units in China are due for renewal in June, said industry experts.

Source : Konaxis

Google Loses Second Executive Google Loses Second Executive(0)

Song Zhongjie quit as head of China sales at Google this month, Marsha Wang, a Beijing-based company spokeswoman, said in an e-mail today. Wang didn?t comment on a Yicai.com report that Song will join a Chinese Web site called Aibang.

Song joins Wang Jin, the former engineering director who defected to Baidu Inc., in leaving a month after Google moved its service to Hong Kong in defiance of Chinese censorship laws.

Tom Online Inc., a Chinese Internet portal controlled by billionaire Li Ka-shing, last month ended an agreement to use the Mountain View, California-based company?s search services. Motorola Inc. last month said it dropped Google?s search engine from one of its phones in China.

Source : Konaxis

Google May End China Search Google May End China Search(0)

China has the world’s largest Internet population. Google holds about 35 percent of the country’s search market, compared with about 60 percent for Baidu, so Google’s exit would be a big boost to the company.

Reports surfaced over the weekend that Mountain View, Calif.-based Google was close to shutting down its China search engine after negotiations over censorship stalled. Google wouldn’t comment.

Google had said January it would stop complying with China’s censorship rules after it discovered hackers had tricked human-rights activists into exposing their e-mail accounts.

On Friday, China’s top Internet regulator said Google must obey the country’s laws or “pay the consequences.”

Source : Konaxis

China warns Google China warns Google(0)

The chief executive of Google, Eric Schmidt, said this week he hoped to announce soon a result to talks with Chinese authorities on offering an uncensored search engine in China.

“Google has made its case, both publicly and privately,” China’s Minister of Industry and Information Technology, Li Yizhong, said, but did not confirm directly that his ministry was in talks with Google.

“If you don’t respect Chinese laws, you are unfriendly and irresponsible, and the consequences will be on you,” Li told reporters.

It was up to Google whether to stay in China’s market or not, he added.

Ministry officials have wavered between confirming and denying that talks are happening at all, in response to repeated media questions during China’s annual legislative session.

“This is really a hot topic, it’s easy and yet not easy to respond. A lot of these matters don’t fall under my ministry, ” Li said.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology shares oversight of the Chinese Internet with a number of other bodies, while still more bureaucracies are involved in matters of foreign investment, complicating the Chinese government’s response to Google’s challenge.

Source : Konaxis

Google reiterated no censorship for search results and ready for stopping operations in China Google reiterated no censorship for search results and ready for stopping operations in China(0)

Reporting said that Google vice president, Huang Anna On 10th said that if Beijing requested to censor search results need to review the network, or to opt out of the world’s most populous Chinese market, Google was prepared to leave China.

Google withdrawal has become the focus of the foreign media for quite some time. Spokesman of The Third Session of the Eleventh CPPCC National Committee, Zhao Qizheng said Google did careful research when came in China’s in 2005, especially had word by word understanding of the legal environment.

In 2006, when Google officially entered china, it had a solemn commitment to these laws. China’s Internet is open, China welcomes global investors, including the international Internet enterprises, operate in China, also wish foreign investors to respect China’s public interests, cultural traditions and Chinese laws, to undertake corresponding social responsibilities.

Ministry of National Defense hacking to the Chinese military Google Ministry of National Defense hacking to the Chinese military Google(0)

A reporter asked, there had been reports on the hack attacks to Google with Chinese government and military background. How do you comment on that?
Huang Xueping said that regarding Google incident Foreign Ministry spokesman had repeatedly stated China’s position.

He said that, in fact, China’s information network, especially the military network had been attacked by hackers overseas. Chinese law prohibits any form of Internet hacking attacks. China put a lot emphasis on fighting against cyber crimes, and was dedicated to working with other countries and international organizations to strengthen relevant cooperations.

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