Google's internet license renewed

July 10, 2010 | Posted by Chris

A screenshot of Google.cn, above, which presents visitors a link to its Hong Kong site.

Yesterday Chinese internet authorities granted the search giant Google a renewal on its license to operate its mainland China website google.cn, the Washington Post writes. The result of this renewal decision is valid until 2012 and had been uncertain since Google's announcement earlier this year that it would not abide by Chinese censorship guidelines and it began redirecting all visitors to its Hong Kong website. In the past week Google ended the automatic redirection, instead presenting visitors to google.cn with a link to its google.com.hk location. "We are very pleased that the government has renewed our ICP license, and we look forward to continuing to provide Web search and local products to our users in China," Google's chief legal officer wrote on the company's blog.

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