Customs agents in Hong Kong busted an ambitious smuggler carrying about $1 million worth of illicit cargo, including dried endangered seahorses and crocodile meat. Though it's an abhorrent crime and we hope the folks behind it are locked up for a good long time, as poachers should be, we can't help but grant the smugglers points for common sense. After all, if you're going to try and smuggle a crocodile into a place, it's really best to do so once someone more capable has already converted the creature into a series of steaks and fillets. Anything else just sounds exceptionally dangerous.
According to a Google update last night, the company will no longer be automatically redirecting search traffic in China from Google.cn to Google's unfiltered Hong Kong page, Google.com.hk. Chinese officials were displeased, obviously, with Google's past refusal to comply with censorship on google.cn, and the implication is that if the search engine had continued this tactic to provide uncensored results to Chinese internet users, their Internet Content Provider license would not be renewed on June 30. Without an ICP license, a commercial site like Google.cn would not be allowed to operate in China. So what is the inevitable compromise?
Google gave everyone fair warning, and earlier today the search giant did it. Google.cn, the Chinese portal of Google.com, now redirects to the entirely uncensored search engine Google.com.hk, the Google of Hong Kong. Google said in January that it was no longer comfortable censoring its search results on Google.cn at the request of the Chinese government, and would be allowing access to an uncensored search engine in China. The Chinese government responded that such an act would be considered "unfriendly" and "irresponsible" and that there would be consequences.