According to breaking news from the Wall Street Journal, Google will be resuming talks with China after the Chinese New Year holiday over the future of the company’s search engine in the heavily censored country.
Why is Google Considering Leaving? A Basic Timeline of Events
If you have missed the boat on this story then here is an timeline overview:
1) 2005: Google opens in China and censors its content heavily to ‘respect’ the Chinese legal system. Many scuffles over free speech occured over the next few years but Google ultimately buckled to Chinese law. (more on Google China at Wikipedia)
2) Mid-December 2009, Google gets hacked by cyber-terrorists and after some research, deduces that China was the source of the attack.
Here are some excerpts from Google’s extensive media release about the cyber attacks: