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Google's Internet content provider license renewed by Chinese government

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Mountain View, Calif.—Google said in a blog post June 9 that the Chinese government has renewed the search giant's Internet content provider license, which enables it to continue operating www.google.cn. The markets responded well to the news; Google's share price was up in early trading to $466.30 from $456.66.

Google had been redirecting traffic to Google.cn to a Hong Kong-based site, Google.com.hk, which did not face the same censorship restrictions. Over the past year, Google has grown increasingly disenchanted with censorship of its site and cyber attacks it said originated in China.

The Google.cn site still provides only limited search for “services like music and text translate, which we can provide locally without filtering,” David Drummond, senior VP-corporate development and chief legal officer, wrote in a blog post late last month.

A Google.com.hk link is provided on the Google.cn that allows users to engage in broader Web searches.

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