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Google’s secret China censorship project shares a name with Sergey Brin’s mega-yacht

Well, this is awkward.  As Google employees continue to protest their company’s no-longer secret plan to launch a censored version of its search engine in China, one little detail seems to have gone largely unremarked. Namely, that the project shares the name Dragonfly with a mega-yacht reportedly owned by Google co-founder Sergey Brin. SEE ALSO:...CONTINUE READING
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Google never really left China: a look at the Chinese website Google’s been quietly running

More information is leaking out about just how Google is planning to re-enter the Chinese market with a mobile search engine application that complies to the country’s censorship laws. The Intercept first broke this story when a whistleblower provided them documentation detailing the secret censored search project (codenamed Dragonfly). According to them, an overlooked Google...CONTINUE READING
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‘Christopher Robin’ release denied in China, possibly because Pooh looks like Xi Jinping

Winnie the Pooh may be a lovable star of the big screen, but that’s not stopping China from being petty as hell. China’s film authorities have denied a release to the new live action Winnie the Pooh movie, Christopher Robin, according to The Hollywood Reporter. While China does not release the official reason for any...CONTINUE READING
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Google is developing a censored news app for China

Google’s recently leaked plans to re-enter the Chinese market doesn’t end with a mobile search engine app. The company is also getting into the (censored) news business. The Information reports that a news-aggregation app for China, which would be government censor-friendly, is under development at Google. Three sources told The Information that development of this...CONTINUE READING
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Leaked document shows Google’s plans for its censored search engine in China

Recently, Google removed its long-time unofficial motto, “don’t be evil,” from its corporate code of conduct. If you need an understanding as to why they’d make such an update, here’s the perfect example. The Intercept is reporting that the company is readying a censored version of its search engine in a custom Android app to...CONTINUE READING
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Belgian museums are uniting in protest against Facebook over artistic nudity ban

Belgian museums are banding together to take on Facebook over the social media giant’s rules on nudity, specifically of the artistic variety. The Flemish Tourist Board is trying to convince Facebook to change its rules over how it treats artistic nudity from Flemish Masters such as Peter Paul Rubens. The tourist board, Visit Flanders, points...CONTINUE READING
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Facebook quietly sets up ‘innovation hub’ in China (where it is still blocked)

Facebook might not be digitally accessible in China, but that’s not stopping it from establishing a physical presence in the country. The social media giant is setting up an “innovation hub” in Hangzhou — the country’s fourth largest city and Zhejiang province capital in East China — which will essentially function as an entrepreneur incubator,...CONTINUE READING
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Apple iCloud data in China now stored by state-owned company

A state-owned telecommunications company in China now stores the iCloud data for Apple’s China-based users. This is really bad news for dissidents and critics of the government. In February, Apple caused an uproar when it announced it would be moving Chinese users’ iCloud accounts — and their encryption keys — to a China-based server company...CONTINUE READING
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Facebook labeled part of the Declaration of Independence as ‘hate speech’

When Facebook removed a piece of “hate speech”  from its platform, it raised quite a few eyebrows. The reason? It was part of the Declaration of Independence.  A Texas newspaper, The Liberty County Vindicator, was sharing the historical document in “small bites” to make it a “little easier to digest” for readers leading up to...CONTINUE READING
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