Google and China have a little war going on at the moment, with the Google-backed Baidu banning Google services in China. The Chinese government said they would not give up their search engine control, after the recent decision by the European Union to allow Google’s European search services to remain online in Europe. Google has also blocked their services in China to “cooperate” with Chinese authorities.
Google is very popular in China as a result of its market penetration and the amount of searches done each month. When Baidu announced that it would not allow Google to operate on their service, the two sides came out swinging. Baidu is a very well known search engine in China. However, it is used more for local searches than international ones but has millions of users worldwide.
A few days ago, Google issued an announcement claiming that it would continue to offer the same services that it does in Europe. This includes Google Maps, Google News and Google Places. It seems like Baidu might have been bluffing, because it has suddenly gone silent on the issue.
The Chinese government responded by issuing a statement saying that it would not give up its control over the Baidu service. Google will still be allowed to deliver search results based on a Chinese-language keyword list. Baidu is still the dominant search engine in China. But is the Chinese government really prepared to let Google into their country?
In addition, Google has also banned the use of Google Analytics in China, claiming it was the root cause of the recent data loss that caused a major political scandal. However, it is unclear exactly why the Google Analytics was banned. This is important because it is used extensively by Google to help monitor the behavior of their users. The Chinese government has not released any details on what they were looking for to ban or why. It could be a simple mistake, or it could be because of their close ties to the Chinese government and military.
In a statement released by Baidu, they wrote: “Baidu has been working hard for the past months to achieve a balanced search result. This is now in line with the government’s vision. We are proud to announce that all our services including search, videos and local maps can be accessed freely. by everyone, in all languages. We are also pleased that Google has given us access to the new Google Maps feature for our local audience.”
Google Maps appears to be the latest in a series of changes, which Google has made to its maps applications. Maps were one of the first applications to be launched after it purchased mapping company Nokia.
In an update published last week, Google said it was updating its services to bring them closer to those used by the government of China, but that it does not mean that Google maps is a Chinese version. There is a possibility that Baidu’s ban was not because of a misunderstanding.
Google has introduced a new feature called the Google Local Tile to its Android app to help people find local businesses. The tiles will show the businesses in your immediate proximity. As an example, if someone searches for a restaurant in the city of Changsha in China, the Google Local Tile will show up in the right part of the map, and you will get a list of restaurants within the area displayed on the map.
The recent ban on Google Analytics in China could be related to how the Chinese government controls access to foreign websites. They are becoming increasingly suspicious about what sites are being used to access private information of citizens and foreign officials.
According to the New York Times, the Chinese government has issued a notice stating that they have blocked more than 100 sites which they claim are responsible for the leaked government information. The sites on this list include some of the most popular Western websites like Facebook, Twitter and Google.
The New York Times also reports that Google is working to block the use of other foreign software like Google Chrome and YouTube which contain links to the banned sites. It is unknown if Baidu’s ban on Google Analytics is related to the same move.