The stories from Davos are trickling in and from Jeff Jarvis, BusinessInsider, who spoke with Eric Schmidt, search boss Marissa Mayer, and counsel, and "diplomat” (Schmidt’s joke) David Drummond in a "Davos apartment dolled up with lava lamps" we heard, "“We made a decision that was consistent with our values,” Schmidt said. And then, “We’re not going to operate differently in China as opposed to the rest of the world,” from Counsel Drummond. When? Was that four years ago when Google capitulated publicly to censorship and sharing information with the Chinese Communists, or not until China threatened to make Google a forgotten .com loser? Now Schmidt is claiming they said "all along they would evaluate the situation," and he says, "people didn’t believe them."
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In an AP piece on the www.siliconvalley.com, imitations of YouTube and Google are popping up and it appears they were just waiting for Google’s threat to leave to go live. China has yet to deliver on a promise to issue "ethics" guidelines for competing interests and from the Berkeley China Internet Project at the University of California-Berkeley, the director, Xiao Qiang, says, "the sites risk bumping into problems on both sides of the Google-China standoff: It infringes on Google’s intellectual property and gives access to sensitive topics in tightly controlled China. I cannot see how these sites can survive very long without facing these two issues."
But in the Christian Monitor, founder of the YouTube knockoff, Li Senhe, says he did it as a public service. The site Goojje is a "working search engine that looks like a combination of Google and its top China competitor, Baidu. Exactly speaking, Goojje is not a search engine but a platform for finding friends," one of the founders, Xiao Xuan, told the Henan Business Daily on Wednesday."
Xuan guessed that based on the amount of time and work needed to build such a site on top of Google’s data, Goojje had already been ready before the Google-China showdown started — and that the founder or founders chose the name "Goojje" to get attention.
China has emerged from its long sleep getting attention in ways few anticipated. They are not reluctant to engage, and they don’t seem the slightest bit intimidated by their fledgling status as capitalists to mimic the arrogance and self righteousness of those in the West who have owned the mantle these many years.