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... is here, on the Official Google Blog. They have stopped the filtering. Links to Google.Cn have now been redirected to Google's Chinese-language Hong Kong site, Google.com.hk. (As part of the "one country, many systems" approach, Hong Kong is part of the People's Republic but operates under separate rules in many ways. Inside-baseball: on the Hong Kong site, Google will offer uncensored results both in the simplified Chinese characters typically used in the mainland and the traditional Chinese characters typically used in Hong Kong and Taiwan.) An hour ago I was able to reach and search on Google.cn. Now that's gone. Thanks to reader ML for an early heads-up about the redirection to Hong Kong, my first indication that things had really changed.


More later on the implications, including Google's announced hope to continue a range of other activities in China while discontinuing its mainland-based search activities. This is just confirmation that, as mentioned a little while ago, the other shoe has now dropped.
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James Fallows is based in Washington as a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He has worked for the magazine for nearly 30 years and in that time has also lived in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. He was raised in Redlands, California, received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard, and received a graduate degree in economics from Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. In addition to working for The Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. He is an instrument-rated private pilot. He is also now the chair in U.S. media at the U.S. Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, in Australia.

Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once; he has also won the American Book Award for nonfiction and a N.Y. Emmy award for the documentary series Doing Business in China. He was the founding chairman of the New America Foundation. His recent books Blind Into Baghdad (2006) and Postcards From Tomorrow Square (2009) are based on his writings for The Atlantic. His latest book is China Airborne. He is married to Deborah Fallows, author of the recent book Dreaming in Chinese. They have two married sons.

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