Huh…Google is pulling up stakes in Oz.
Google to leave Australia over ‘evil’ filter
[i]"Google will close its Australian operations, effectively blacklisting the country in response to the Federal Government’s “evil” plan to filter the internet.
ZDNet.com.au has confirmed that the search engine giant will close its doors on Australia for good, effective immediately, marking the end of four years of its operation here and a long-running battle with the government over its plan to filter the internet.
Known for changing its famous logo to commemorate special occasions, Google’s Australian site this morning featured a somewhat blunt statement on how the company viewed its place in the local market .
“We’ve already left China. That was clearly not a bluff and besides I couldn’t take the food anyway,” said Google CEO Eric Schmidt. “Oh yeah, and our company motto is always… I mean never … wait, it’s ‘Don’t Be Evil’. So we just can’t be part of it.”[/i]
Conroy was stunned (Credit: Ben Grubb/ZDNet.com.au)