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Google would like us to believe that it is very concerned about openness. But when War Criminal Cheney demanded that the official residence of the VP be blurred on Google Earth, it was. Google has also done so for others.
Google quickly offered to help the Bush admin in spying on people when Bush began to overreach post-9/11.
And Google has given no indication that it will commit legally, bindingly to keeping "Google Books" open, which is why Europe (but not the US) has challenged Google's arrangements with authors and publishers.
take away 'most favoured nation' status?
Google did NOT leave China! In 1997 Prince Charles handed Hong Kong's keys to China's most powerful Communist officials, hopped on the HM Yacht Britannia and steamed home, mortified, presumably.
Let's not give Google -- and for that matter, the gravely mistaken notion of a "free Hong Kong"! -- more PR gold stars than they deserve.
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