Beijing Renews Google's Internet License

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Google will continue doing business in China. The online search giant announced Friday that Beijing renewed its license to operate in what's now the world's biggest Internet market. Earlier this year, Google threatened to leave China — in part because of Beijing's Internet censorship.


NPR's business news starts with the latest on Google's China saga.

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MONTAGNE: Google said today that China has renewed its license to operate. There's been speculation that Google might have to leave what's now the world's biggest Internet market, in part because it didn't want to comply with Beijing's Internet censorship. Earlier this year, Google started automatically redirecting Chinese Web surfers to its uncensored search site in Hong Kong. Beijing called that unacceptable. So, Google stopped the automatic redirect, and users now have to click on a link to get to the Hong Kong site.

The move is seen as a compromise to satisfy Beijing. Google is eager to continue its other businesses in China, such as online music and mobile phones.

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