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Top 10 Google Stories Of 2010

Google may be the company of the decade -- the previous one, if not the next one. As such, its actions are closely scrutinized, and its steps and missteps make news. What started as a search engine is now a company that's shaping our technological future, with initiatives in mobile phones, tablet and netbook computing, telephony, and TV. Unburdened by decades of legacy tech and customer expectations, it's proven more nimble at exploiting new niches than its competitors. From successful forays in
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Ever since Google established Google China to serve the world's most populous country, there have been strains in the relationship. The Chinese government, for one, frequently blocks its citizens' access to Google sites, including YouTube. In January of 2010, Google and other U.S. tech companies experienced a security breach that was traced to China. That led to a series of cat-and-mouse moves: Google threatened to pull out of China and redirected China-based searches to Google Hong Kong, avoiding the government censors, followed by China blocking Google searches on the mainland altogether. In 2011, Google will have to decide whether to apply for a map service permit from Chinese authorities.

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China Directed Google Attack, Leaked Cable Says

Google Cuts Ties With China Ad Agents

Google's Internet License Renewed In China

China Snubs Google Maps

Google Search Partially Blocked In China

Google China Redirection To End

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