Week in review: Google slams China censorship
The search giant says it will no longer censor results in China. Also: Microsoft and HP aim for the cloud.
In a stunning about-face, Google announced it would no longer censor search results in China, and if the Chinese government balks, Google says it may take its servers and go home.
The change incame after Google discovered that it and other companies were the victims of a "highly sophisticated and targeted attack" aimed at gathering information about human rights activists. It is not clear whether the Chinese government was behind the attacks, which Google said in a blog post were also directed against other U.S. companies.
Google has always been a company with a moral pulse, one that in its early days attracted a certain sort of idealistic engineer who truly believed the world could be made a better place by a responsible corporation that efficiently spread information and technology around the world. Yet Google is also one of America's largest and richest public companies, and obsessed with growing even larger.
The collision of those two forces led Google into what the
Microsoft warns about zero-day hole in Internet Explorer that was used in targeted attacks on Google and other U.S. companies, and which Google claims originated in China.
Chipmaker's quarterly earnings jump on the back of very healthy gross margins, which hit a record 65 percent, all despite a series of payouts.
Three-year, $250 million effort is aimed at helping businesses lower their technology spending by moving their computing resources online.
Among other things, as an injunction preventing sales of certain versions of Office takes effect, most versions of the suite are temporarily unavailable from Microsoft's online store.
The fourth quarter of 2009 saw the first time in more than a year that shipments of laptops and desktop grew.
Two years after rumors abounded about a PayPal-like transaction platform atop the social network, the company is posting job listings for a "Facebook Payment Operations" team.
Funding, which includes more than $100 million from the U.S. economic stimulus plan, will cover nine projects to improve fuel efficiency in trucks and cars.
Google and Microsoft give seven-figure donations, while Apple and cell carriers make it easy for customers to donate to the earthquake-stricken country.
Reversing months of year-over-year declines, the industry recorded December sales of $5.53 billion, up 4 percent from a year earlier, according to The NPD Group.
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