Google will launch the new version of its search engine using the China “.cn” suffix. A Chinese-language version of Google’s search engine was available at the .com address but because of the Chinese government’s filtering it was often inaccesible or the reults led nowhere. Google will not offer its Gmail e-mail service, web log publishing services or chat rooms.
“Other products—such as Gmail and Blogger—will be introduced only when we are comfortable that we can do so in a way that strikes a proper balance among our commitments to satisfy users’ interests, expand access to information, and respond to local conditions,” the company said in a statement.
That could save Google some trouble ahead. Yahoo gave Chinese authorities info on a Chinese citizen that sent an email to a human rights group and he received a 10 year sentence. MSN recently removed a blogger at the request of the Chinese government. Here in the US, Google is resisting a government subpeona to provide information about search terms related to Internet pornography. Other major search engines have already complied.