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China broadens crackdown on Google services
China broadens crackdown on Google services

When Yi Ran is working on new designs for his Yinshen Clothing company, he often turns to Google to search for pictures to use as inspiration. "The results are more complete and objective than Chinese search services," says the 30-year-old from Guangzhou. But for the last two weeks, when Yi has tried to call up the U.S. search engine, it's been unavailable — as have a wide variety of other Google services, including Gmail, Google Books, Google Scholar and even country-specific search pages like google.de, the company's German home page. Chinese authorities have given no explanation for the disruption, which began about five days before the 25th anniversary of...