Google is surprised to learn that snakes bite…

To no one’s surprise but his own Google co-founder Sergey Brin is finally admitting that doing business with a brutally repressive and corrupt government wasn’t such a good idea.

"We felt that perhaps we could compromise our principles but provide ultimately more information for the Chinese and be a more effective service and perhaps make more of a difference," Brin told reporters. After all, what are principles for if not to compromise them at the drop of a buck? Brin also said “Google is trying to improve its censored search service,, before deciding whether to reverse course. He said virtually all the company's customers in China use the non-censored service.” (One would love to know how he knows this, one would.)

Or at least they try to. Quoth ZDNet: “Google is just one of the Web sites recently affected by access problems. Internet users have reported problems accessing e-mail accounts and online chat servers linked to servers overseas, including Google's Gmail and MSN Hotmail accounts.”

In what is almost certainly a coincidental development, yesterday the Chinese Foreign Ministry reiterated it’s stand that China takes “a positive attitude toward working with companies such as Google, but any cooperation must exist
‘within a framework of law,’ and that Beijing hoped firms would abide by China's regulations.”

Just FYI, this is the actual message displayed when GMail is down: “Gmail is temporarily unavailable. Cross your fingers and try again in a few minutes. We're sorry for the inconvenience.”

I understand crossing your fingers also plays a prominent role in the Chinese legal system.


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