Google has announced that it is abandoning its policy of censoring search results on its Chinese search engine, in response to a sophisticated cyber attack that tried to gain access to Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. “We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on, 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,” writes SVP of corporate development and chief legal officer David Drummond. “We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down, and potentially our offices in China.” There are implications for music: Google runs a free ad-supported music downloads service in China, which was hailed for its piracy-busting potential. Source: Google Blog

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