Blogwatch: Feb. 6, 2006

One week after firewalling Justice Department requests for records of U.S. searches, Google unveiled its China site, which censors search results to placate Beijing bigwigs. LITTLE GREEN FOOTBALLS illustrated the effect with a search for Tiananmen images; google.cn yielded postcard shots of the Beijing square, but google com gave up scenes of the 1989 massacre. KUDLOW'S MONEY POLITICS spanked Google for "repressing free speech" abroad while protecting "kiddy porn" at home. But THE REACTION was hopeful: "Google could be the thin end of ... a wedge that ultimately leads to political reform."

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