In China, Google Declares War

Isaac Mao saw this coming. In early 2007, just months after Google launched a China-based search engine that followed Beijing's strict censorship rules, the prominent Chinese blogger posted an open letter to Google's founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, imploring them not to cooperate with the country's Internet cops. "Dear Larry and Sergey," began Mao, who described the frustration he and other Chinese Google fans felt as a company with the informal motto "Don't Be Evil" obeyed policies forbidding access to sites deemed taboo by the government. Google's self-censorship "hurts those loyal users a lot," wrote Mao, who said it was "high time to change [Google policy] back to the right track."

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