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Google Closes its Controversial Chinese Search Engine Project

Senior Google employees have also resigned citing lack of corporate transparency after the company revealed its efforts to re-enter China through “Dragonfly”

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FILE - A woman walks past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Nov. 5, 2018. VOA

Google’s controversial China search engine project, named Dragonfly, has been terminated and employees working on it have been reportedly reassigned.

The controversial Chinese search engine previously in development by Google that raised privacy, censorship, and human rights concerns is finally, officially, no more, mashable.com on Tuesday quoted Karan Bhatia, Google’s vice president of global government affairs and public policy, as saying.

Responding to questions from Republican Senator Josh Hawley, the top Google executive said: “We have terminated Project Dragonfly.”

This unequivocal response is a departure from previous couched statements by Google executives regarding Dragonfly’s status. For example, in December, chief executive Sundar Pichai told Congress that “right now there are no plans for us to launch a search product in China”, the report added.

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A man walks past a Google sign outside with a span of the Bay Bridge at rear in San Francisco, May 1, 2019. VOA

Meanwhile, the tech giant’s offices in the US, UK, Canada, India, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Sweden, Switzerland, and Denmark have witnessed protests by human rights groups over its plan to re-enter China through the censored search application.

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Senior Google employees have also resigned citing lack of corporate transparency after the company revealed its efforts to re-enter China through “Dragonfly”.

The search engine giant had launched a search engine in China in 2006 but pulled the service out of the country in 2010, citing Chinese government efforts to limit free speech and block websites. (IANS)

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Google Starts Warning Against The Installation of Chrome Extensions on Edge Browser

Recently, the search engine giant has added to the Chrome web store which detects when a user is installing extensions to Microsoft Edge

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Earlier, Google had blocked some of its web services from working properly. For example, Stadia is completely blocked and warnings have appeared on services such as Gmail and YouTube Music. Pixabay

Google has started displaying a warning to people using Microsofts new Edge browser while accessing Chrome web store.

Recently, the search engine giant has added to the Chrome web store which detects when a user is installing extensions to Microsoft Edge, 9To5Google reported on Friday.

The extension simply explains that Google “recommends” using Chrome instead of Edge to use extensions “securely”.

The message does not appear when using other Chromium-based browsers.

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Google has started displaying a warning to people using Microsofts new Edge browser while accessing Chrome web store. Pixabay

As per the report, the warning does not affect the ability to install Chrome extensions on Microsoft Edge, rather it just warns users against the practice.

According to NetMarketShare, Chrome has a 67 per cent share of the browser market, while Edge has just under 6 per cent.

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Earlier, Google had blocked some of its web services from working properly. For example, Stadia is completely blocked and warnings have appeared on services such as Gmail and YouTube Music. (IANS)