The New York Times reports that two major mobile phone partners are breaking ties with Google. As the government clamps down on Google, more Chinese companies are severing partnership deals. The government has also broken several network connections that redirect Google's .cn domain to .hk site in Hong Kong.
China's biggest cellular communications company, China Mobile, was expected to cancel a deal that had placed Google's search engine on its mobile Internet home page, used by millions of people daily. In interviews, business executives close to industry officials said the company was planning to scrap the deal under government pressure, despite the fact that China Mobile has yet to contract with a replacement.
Similarly, China's second-largest mobile company, China Unicom, was said by analysts and others to have delayed or killed the imminent introduction of a cellphone based on Google's Android platform. One major Internet portal, Tom.com, already had ceased using Google to power its search engine.
As Google continues into unknown territory, it will face pressure to adhere to Chinese law (right now) or leave completely - including Hong Kong. There's no faster way to anger the Chinese leadership than continuing to argue in public why Google believes its policies are in the public interests. The marriage didn't last long. Even the prenuptial is being torn up. This is going to be an ugly and very celebrity style public divorce.
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