This week: Probably one of the biggest stories of the year, if not the decade: Google vs China. On January 12, the search company announced it was pulling out of China. We're going to discuss why Google did that, what's new in the Google-China story, and what's likely to happen as this story continues to unfold.
Our guests today make up the impressive CNET reporting team covering this topic, and it's quite a feat to get them together at once. Here in the studio, from the Google beat: Tom Krazit. Covering security: Elinor Mills. And connecting from Washington, D.C., via Skype, politics and policy writer Declan McCullagh.
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Reporters' Roundtable #19: Google vs. China
Show notes and talking points
It all started with...The Google blog's A new approach to China.
The issue in a nutshell & why such an important story - Tom
Nature of the attack - Elinor
Is this about human rights or industrial espionage?
What did MS, Yahoo do?
Washington's part - Declan
China government's reaction
What's happening in China now? From Reuters: "Experts on Chinese law warn that Google employees in China could also face prosecution for breaking the law."
How important is Google in China? Why not more so? How did Baidu rise to top search spot?
Effect on other Google enterprises in China - like Android.
Effect on Google in other countries, like Iran.
Ripple effect to other Web companies (Sen. Durbin on the warpath.)
Effect on IE6
Predictions / what's next (at Google, in laws, etc)
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