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Four Years of Google In China

No matter Google will finally withdraw all business from China or not, I think it is time to review Google’s four-year operations in China. So I made the following list, if I omitted anything important or made any mistake, feel free to leave your comments.

Google China

  • July 19, 2005, Kaifu Lee joined Google, which was also a big thing in tech sector at that time
  • January 26, 2006, Google launched Google.cn in China, which filtered search results to obey China’s law and regulations
  • March 2, 2006, Tencent launched its search engine service Soso.com, which was powered by Google’s technology. Actually Tencent partnered with Google on search service and search ads on Feb 4, 2005
  • April 12, 2006, Eric Schmidt announced Google’s Chinese name 谷歌
  • June 26, 2006, Google sold its 2.6% stakes in Baidu
  • January 4, 2007, partnership with China Mobile
  • January 5, 2007, announced investment in Xunlei, a mega-file downloader
  • March 2007, acquired 265.com, the acquisition was announced on May 23, 2008
  • March 12, 2007, launched Daohang service, which is a hot sites directory in one page. Daohang is a simple but very China-oriented service
  • April 2, 2007, announced its investment in Tianya.cn, one of the biggest BBS in China
  • April 4, 2007, launched its Chinese Input software, however which was found to copy the code from Sohu’s Chinese Input software. Later Google acknowledged it and apologized to Sohu
  • May 24, 2007, launched China’s life search service, you can search information on housing, jobs, train tickets, restaurants and so on
  • June 11, 2007, announced its strategic partnership with Sina, largest online portal in China, on search and adsense service.
  • July 1, 2007, Netease announced Yodao, its own search engine, and it will not renew its partnership with Google.
  • August 20, 2007, Google announced its new products on Tianya.cn, these two services, Tianya Laiba and Tianya Answer, intended to compete with Baidu’s popular service, Baidu Tieba and Baidu Zhidao.
  • September 27, 2007, Google finally got the ICP licence which is required by China’s regulators to operate website in China
  • January 30, 2008, Google released a Google map mashup, Spring Festival Mass Transportation Map, which was regarded as a product to show the innovative culture of Google.
  • March 26, 2008, announced its $1m investment in Comsenz, a social software developer.
  • May 8, 2008, launched its dictionary software which is a partner with Kingsoft
  • August 5, 2008, announced its partnership with Top100.cn to operate music search service in China
  • March 30, 2009, launched its music mp3 download service in China
  • June 18, 2009, China Internet Illegal Information Reporting Centre (CIIRC) published a report in its frontage condemning Google.cn for spreading obscene contents. The report, titled as “Strongly condem google for spreading indecent and obscene information”. CCTV also made series reports on the issues, which made Google to suspend its Google Suggest and overseas web page search temporarily.
  • September 3, 2009, Tencent announced it will start to use its own search technology on Soso.com to replace Google’s search technology.
  • September 4, 2009, Kaifu Lee resigned from Google to run his incubator
  • October, 13, 2009, Two Chinese writers’ groups claim that Google has scanned Chinese works into an electronic database in violation of international copyright standards.
  • January 13, 2010, Google announced its new China approach, and stop filtering search results, and it may pull out of China.

(Image copyright REUTERS/Jason Lee)

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