Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Heated Debate Among Top Executives at Google Over Withdrawing from China - WSJ.com

Apparently another in a series of reminders, to Eric Schmidt, on who is actually in control of the Googleplex

The investigation into the cyber intrusion began weeks ago, although how Google detected it remains unclear. As Google employees gathered more evidence they believed linked the attack to China and Chinese authorities, Chief Executive Eric Schmidt, along with Messrs. Page and Brin, began discussing how they should respond, entering into an intense debate over whether it was better to stay in China and do what they can to change the regime from within, or whether to leave, according to people familiar with the discussions. A Google spokesman said Messrs. Page, Brin and Schmidt wouldn't comment.

Mr. Schmidt made the argument he long has, according to these people, namely that it is moral to do business in China in an effort to try to open up the regime. Mr. Brin strenuously argued the other side, namely that the company had done enough trying and that it could no longer justify censoring its search results.

A Heated Debate Among Top Executives at Google Over Withdrawing from China - WSJ.com

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