Google is “99.9% certain” to close its search engine in China, according to the Financial Times. The decision is the result of increasingly hard-nosed negotiations with the Chinese government over privacy and censorship issues. Google has already said it will refuse to censor search engine results any more, with the Chinese minister for industry and information technology Li Yizhong saying that this approach “would be unfriendly… would be irresponsible, and they would have to bear the consequences”. It’s anyone’s guess what this means for Google’s ad-supported free music downloads service in China, which was hailed by the music industry when it launched last year. Source: Financial Times

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