Google has quietly disabled a feature that notified users of its search service in China when a keyword had been censored by the Chinese government’s internet controls, according to censorship monitoring blog GreatFire.org.
Google Says Its Internet Search Partially Blocked in China
Google Inc.’s Web search service has been partially blocked in China, according to the company’s latest daily accessibility report for the country.
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Google just announced it is shutting down its Google Shopping China service. The website is still online, but Google confirmed its closure in a post on its China blog (link via Google Translate). It stated:
In order to better optimize resources, we have decided to close our shopping search service in China.
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I live in China and just bought a HK-spec Nexus 5 (D821). Upon receipt of the device I inserted my China Unicom SIM and proceeded to setup the phone. Firstly I noticed that everything was in Chinese automatically, so I changed the language. Then I noticed that nothing was updating, so I setup my VPN and used that to download all the updates.