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    Google Applies to Operate Mapping Service in China

    Jul 19, 2011
    Although Google partially withdrew from China last year in response to censorship issues and an attack in which Chinese hackers tried to steal the passwords of hundreds of Gmail account holders, including U.S. government officials, the corporation is moving its way back into China. According to a Reuters article, Google Inc. has applied for a license from China’s State Bureau of Surveying, which is required to operate its Google Maps product in China.

    Although Google partially withdrew from China last year in response to censorship issues and an attack in which Chinese hackers tried to steal the passwords of hundreds of Gmail account holders, including U.S. government officials, the corporation is moving its way back into China. According to a Reuters article, Google Inc. has applied for a license from China’s State Bureau of Surveying, which is required to operate its Google Maps product in China.

    Reuters also noted that the Chinese government recently relaxed its requirements for a mapping license to allow for foreign online mapping providers, like Google, to provide their service.

    According to the article, Google has applied for the license with Beijing Guxiang Information Technology. An official for the organization stated that, "Right now we are examining their application. We can’t comment on the final outcome."

    The article noted that a Google spokeswoman declined to comment, and officials at the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping could not be immediately reached for comment.

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