Google Says Web Search, Advertising Being Blocked in China

Google Inc. said some services, including Internet search, mobile and advertising, are being fully blocked in China, raising concern that the government may still be dissatisfied with how the company provides information.

At least two other services, including news and images, were being partially blocked, Google said today on its website. Web search, images, news and ads had been fully or mostly accessible in the previous days. The Gmail e-mail service remains fully or mostly accessible.

Google had its license renewed earlier this month after it stopped automatically sending Chinese users to its separate Hong Kong site. A conflict with China erupted in January after the company said it would no longer self-censor search results to comply with government rules.

Jill Hazelbaker, a spokeswoman for Mountain View, California-based Google, didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

Google fell as much as 2.3 percent to $473.75 in extended trading. The stock had gained 64 cents to $484.99 during regular trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The shares have fallen 22 percent this year.

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