Googles issues with the Chinese authorities continued this week, with disruption to Gmail users’ access to their email in the Middle Kingdom. Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) company shares ended the week at 579.74 (as of 3/25/2011).
Weekly News Roundup: Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG)
Monday 21 March
Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has blamed the Chinese government for its recent Gmail problems.
As The Northern Star pointed out in a recent article, many Gmail users have complained about recent hampered access to their email inboxes.
It was reported that the government intensified its internet censorship after certain elements of society attempted to spread the Middle Eastern ‘Jasmine Revolution’ in China via internet.
While commenting on ‘Access Interruption’ complaints from customers, Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) said that, “There is no technical issue on our side. We have checked extensively. This is a government blockage carefully designed to look like the problem is with Gmail.”
Tuesday 22 March
Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has been fined by French regulators over privacy issues.
The search engine giant was fined for privacy violations, even after admitting that it made some mistakes while collecting data for online mapping.
According to reports, the French privacy agency has imposed a fine of $142,000, saying that Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has violated many privacy rules including multiple projects including the street view cams.
Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) had apologized for collecting email and other passwords from Wi-Fi networks.
Wednesday 23 March
A Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) executive has won a JFK award for courage after a show of bravery in Egypt.
Wael Ghonim, the Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) executive who became a part of the Egyptian revolution, has been selected for the annual John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.
It was reported that Mr. Ghonim won the award for his contribution to the reform that inspired similar movements in other countries.
The award will be presented by Caroline Kennedy at the JFK Library and Museum on May 23.
Thursday 24 March
Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has doodled on Magician Houdini’s birthday.
It is the 137th birthday of Houdini, the greatest of magicians, and the search engine giant paid tribute to the legend with a special Houdini doodle.
The magician is depicted handcuffed, performing his signature escape trick.
Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Doodles have been celebrating various special days, paying tribute to legends and historic events in an exclusive way, a way that that helps millions across the globe to remember the rich heritage of the past.
Friday 25 March
Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has closed the Android 3.0 Honeycomb source code in order to prevent its unauthorized use on smart phones.
The search engine giant said in an official statement that the latest version of Android, which was designed for tablets, is not yet ready to be used in other devices and the company does not want the outside developers to experiment with it.
The device manufacturers will not be affected by the delay in public release.