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[News] Google to Leave Room for More Mobile Linux Players in China

  • Subject: [News] Google to Leave Room for More Mobile Linux Players in China
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 18:47:05 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Could Samsung and LiMO turn Google's China row to advantage?

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| Since the smartphone market is so new in 
| China, it is not too late for carriers and 
| their suppliers to defocus on Android and 
| adopt a more fully supported platform like 
| Symbian (already embraced by China Mobile) or 
| a Linux alternative like LiMO (very friendly 
| to the Chinese operators' aims to control and 
| customize their content and user experience).



A new approach to China

,----[ Quote ]
| Like many other well-known organizations, we
| face cyber attacks of varying degrees on a
| regular basis. In mid-December, we detected a
| highly sophisticated and targeted attack on
| our corporate infrastructure originating from
| China that resulted in the theft of
| intellectual property from Google. However,
| it soon became clear that what at first
| appeared to be solely a security incident--
| albeit a significant one--was something quite
| different.
| First, this attack was not just on Google. As
| part of our investigation we have discovered
| that at least twenty other large companies
| from a wide range of businesses--including
| the Internet, finance, technology, media and
| chemical sectors--have been similarly
| targeted. We are currently in the process of
| notifying those companies, and we are also
| working with the relevant U.S. authorities.
| Second, we have evidence to suggest that a
| primary goal of the attackers was accessing
| the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights
| activists. Based on our investigation to date
| we believe their attack did not achieve that
| objective. Only two Gmail accounts appear to
| have been accessed, and that activity was
| limited to account information (such as the
| date the account was created) and subject
| line, rather than the content of emails
| themselves.
| [...]
| 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.

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