Google to Announce China Pullout Date: Report

By Jessica Greene
|  Friday, Mar 19, 2010  |  Updated 9:22 AM PDT
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Workers clear a stage ahead Google global Chinese name launch ceremony April 12, 2006 in Beijing, China. Google said it has adopted the Chinese-language brand name 'Gu Ge' for its Chinese operations, with Google chief executive Eric Schmidt saying the new name demonstrated Google's commitment to China.

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An anonymous source told a Chinese newspaper that Google will announce Monday that it is leaving China and will set a specific date for the exit then.

Mashable, sourcing China Business News, says Google will pull out of China on April 10.

Google has not responded with any comment, although the writing is on the wall. Google has said it would leave if China didn't let it provided uncensored search results. China has said no, so leaving is the next logical step.

Last week, China's Secretary of Industry and Information Technology made the strongest statement about Google so far: "If you want to do something that disobeys Chinese law and regulations, you are unfriendly, you are irresponsible and you will have to pay the consequences."

Google said in January that it would leave China and may close its China site because the emails of many customers were being hacked and the country was not allowing the company to provide uncensored Internet.

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