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Google applies for license to continue mapping China

Google has applied for a license to keep serving maps in China in order to meet a requirement set by the government, which is cracking down on mapping services.

Google map of China
Google map of China Google/Screenshot by CNET

Google has applied for a license to keep on serving maps in China, in the face of a government crackdown on unauthorized mapping services.

In June 2010, the Chinese government launched a scheme to weed out user-generated maps. It announced that map providers would have to receive licenses from the government to operate in the country and they would be expected to host their maps of China within the country's borders.

Google, and other companies, have until July 1 to acquire the requisite licenses. Google has applied for the license through a partner company named Beijing Guxiang Information Technology, The Wall Street Journal reported today.

Read more of "Google applies for licence to continue mapping China" at ZDNet UK.