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Why China's Rapid Online Growth Won't Help U.S. Firms

The number of people online in China is 52% greater than the entire U.S. population. But don't expect that many U.S. Internet companies will benefit from those 485 million Chinese Internet users. The sky-high stock valuations on China's native firms highlight their strong local advantage.

Research In Motion Open to Blocking Porn Sites

Research in Motion (RIMM) is open to blocking adult websites and allowing governments to monitor messages so it can avoid official bans on the use BlackBerry devices. Unlike other phone makers, RIM controls its own networks, moving encrypted messages through centers in Canada and the United Kingdom, Reuters reported.

Legal Briefing: Court Gives the OK for 'Indecency' on TV

When the FCC decided in 2004 to start fining broadcasters over the use of fleeting expletives, the agency became a caricature of a state censor. Now, the Second Circuit has ruled that the 'indecency' policy was unconstitutionally vague. So what's next for dirty words?

Chinese Social Media Sites Closed Amid Seeming Clampdown

Chinese social networking and micro blogging sites that provide services similar to Twitter have reverted to test mode or proved difficult to access amid a seeming clampdown from government authorities. Sites such as NetEase.com Inc's microblog (t.163.com) and Sohu.com Inc's microblog (t.sohu.com) were each inaccessible at least one day this week. All messages on Sohu now display the notice "in testing mode," Reuters reported.

Appeals Court Scraps FCC's TV Indecency Rules

In a major victory for TV networks, a federal appeals court struck down the Federal Communications Commission's indecency policy on Tuesday, calling it "unconstitutionally vague." The court also found the FCC rules posed a risk to freedom of speech.

Pakistan Threatens to Block Anti-Islamic Web Content

Pakistan plans to monitor Google and its YouTube site, as well as Yahoo, Amazon, and Microsoft's MSN, Hotmail and Bing for anti-Islamic content, saying it will block links to certain content on those sites if it deems it necessary.

Apple's Censorship Practices Bad for Bottom Line

For as long as Apple has had its best-selling devices on the market, they've taken an aggressive stance on what type of content is appropriate for those devices. But Apple's inconsistent censoring behavior suggests a company with big message-mixing problems.

Google Map Tool Shows Censorship Requests

Google rolled out a nifty little mapping tool on Tuesday, "Government Requests," that allows users to see the number of times various nations' governments have submitted requests to have content removed from search results they deemed inappropriate for local public consumption.

Google Calls Out Hackers Over Vietnamese Cyber Attacks

Google is ramping up its role in the battle against online censorship and cyber attacks: On Tuesday, the Internet giant pushed back against hackers over a cyber attack that pummeled Vietnamese blogs expressing opposition to a controversial bauxite mining project.

More Google Services Blocked in China

As the cat and mouse game between Chinese authorities and Google continues, the search Giant says its mobile services are now being partially blocked in China.

Google Stops Censoring Its Chinese Search Engine

Ending months of speculation, Google on Monday said it would end its censorship of its Chinese-language search engine, Google.cn. Users trying to access that site were redirected to Google.com.hk, where the company said it would offer uncensored search results in simplified Chinese.

Chinese Media: Google Is Tied to U.S. Intelligence

Chinese media organs lashed out at Google in an apparently coordinated assault on Saturday -- with one paper suggesting Google is linked to the U.S. intelligence agencies -- just days before the web giant may announce plans to close its Chinese-language search engine.

China Rebuffs the U.S. Over Internet Criticism

A representative of the Chinese government said Saturday that Secretary of State Hilary Clinton was being "disrespectful" when she urged U.S. companies to stand up to internet censorship in authoritarian countries like China.

U.S. Wants China to Explain Cyber Attack on Google

A day after Google said it might quit China after a cyber attack hacked the Gmail accounts of human rights activists there, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked China's leaders for an explanation. Free speech advocates, meanwhile, praised the search giant's decision to remove censorship filters in the country.

Google Threatens to Exit China After Cyber Attack

Google may pull out of the Middle Kingdom after discovering that hackers tricked human rights activists into opening their email accounts to outsiders. As a first step, the search giant says it will stop censoring its search results in the country -- a major turnabout for Google.

Google Threatens to Leave China over Email Leak

Google may pull out of the Middle Kingdom after discovering that hackers tricked human rights activists into opening their email accounts to outsiders. As a first step, the search giant says it will stop censoring its search results in the country -- a major turnabout for Google.