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2009-06-09

 

How Bing.com self-censor Tiananmen


How Bing.com censor Tiananmen
Originally uploaded by IsaacMao
By using blindsearch, we can easily find how Bing.com is a natural-born self-censor even to it's US-based users. If you search 天安门(Tiananmen in Chinese), the different results set pops up than Yahoo and Google. It's not the difference of order and page rank, but totally removal of those links about Tiananmen massacre. Some twitter users in China argued that it could be an conspiracy of Microsoft and China authority to exchange priority enforcing MS software piracy punishment by China government.

For Google, it's smarter that they keep the full index for US-based users, so it's always possible to get the real result from Google.com. Although Google.cn did self-censor some of the results, it's good for people to compare and study the difference. However, it's very strange to Microsoft, the Redmond-based business, do something stupid to give handles to any challengers from its home land. And it apparently eclipse itself on its business value. Another word, it shows people Bing.com just a subset of the knowledge around the world.

I hope GNI can keep watch on this case and push Microsoft to explain that.

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2007-08-10

 

Gmail starts to sell storage

I was in a ebb and flow this morning by Google. The first message came from Twitter that a friend said Gmail is testing some 9G storage by random selection of testers. I was happy to see that becasue I was annoyed by deleting many emails in these days to keep my Gmail quota under 99% to ensure normal email sending function. Each time I go to trash box, Gmail touted me that "No conversations in the Trash. Who needs to delete when you have over 2000 MB of storage?!". I would say, "Hey, Google, are you becoming out of fashion that 2000MB is only 2GB, the world is calculating in Giga unit now". Now seems they are confessing to change?

However, it's not the end of hoax from Google. I opened my Gmail after reading the message. A big two-line banner appeared on top of the pane.

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It a big drop of feeling to me. I have to buy extra quota from the boasting "never-deleting" gmail? It's really a deal, to Google, not to me. I would like to buy GDrive spaces if they tell me in advance it's not a free service. However, I hate such business tricks that link one's trust with business benefit. I won't suggest our portfolio businesses to do such "Evil" things in the future.

Now should I seriously question the decentness of Google's future behaviors.

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