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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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China isn’t approving video game licenses right now

China, the largest gaming market, has not approved any video game licenses for at least four months due to President Xi Jinping’s recent government shake up (read: power consolidation), reports Bloomberg. Although China is notoriously stringent with media censorship, this game licensing freeze is taking the vetting process one step further. SEE ALSO: Google is...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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The longest sea-crossing bridge EVER is about to open

China’s Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge is set to be the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge ever built. After about seven years of construction, the controversial 34-mile bridge — which is roughly 20 times the length of the Golden Gate Bridge — is expected to slash travel time for commuters. Read more…More about China, Mashable Video, Bridge, Hong...CONTINUE READING
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Airbnb’s sleepover contest at the Great Wall of China has been cancelled

Airbnb has called off a contest inviting people to sleep over at the Great Wall of China, following backlash over the proposal. Announced last week, the competition dubbed “Night at the Great Wall” would let four winners stay overnight at the UNESCO World Heritage site in September, as part of an effort to “bring Chinese...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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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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