Visitors seeking the Chinese-language version of Google's search engine hosted in China are being redirected to a Hong Kong site, and censorship warnings have been removed ahead of Google's expected announcement regarding its future in China.
Now "99.9 percent" certain that it will close its Chinese search engine amid conflict over censorship, Google has detailed plans to do so, according to a Financial Times source.
The founder of Microsoft's Chinese research group, who Microsoft sued in a failed attempt to prevent from joining Google, has just published an English translation of his Chinese book, "Making A World Of Difference."
As the Web search giant grows, it's accumulating a growing legion of enemies, from governments to rivals to onetime friends.
A Chinese official says Google is complying with Chinese law, and what Google chooses to do in Hong Kong is its own affair.
Beijing says that Google's China Web site operator pledges to ensure that it exposes Chinese Web surfers to "no law-breaking content."
Following months of tense relations, Beijing gives its approval for the U.S. company to continue operating a Web site in China.
Securing the renewal of its Internet license in China shows Google is getting better at reading the Chinese government's wishes.
If Google wants to stay afloat in China it will have to stop automatically redirecting searchers to Hong Kong, and it's not clear that Plan C will work.
Internet users inside China are unable to use Google's suggested searches feature after Chinese Internet regulators imposed a block on that feature Wednesday.