Google to phase out China search partnerships

Two day after shutting its Chinese portal over censorship, Google Inc said it plans to phase out deals to provide filtered search services to other online or mobile firms in China. It has already been shunned by at least one of those partner firms and was attacked by a state newspaper after pulling the plug on its mainland Chinese language portal Google.cn. It now reroutes searches to an unfiltered Hong Kong site. The Google dispute, which involves cyber attacks as well as Internet censorship, is one of many thorny trade, financial, political and security issues that are roiling U.S.-China ties this year. On Wednesday, Google’s search services remained erratic across Beijing, frustrating users unsure about the future of its other services – from maps to music – over two months after its bombshell announcement it may quit China. While Google is the world’s top search engine, it held only an estimated 30 percent share of China’s search market in 2009, compared with home-grown rival Baidu Inc’s 60 percent

http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE62N0MM20100324?sp=true

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