A spokesman said the
Google this week threatened to pull out of
"We will be issuing a formal demarche to the Chinese government in
"It will express our concern for this incident and request information from
There are also reports that Yahoo, another
However, Yahoo has not given any official confirmation of this.
In response to Google's concerns,
Google had stated that cyber-attacks originating in
Jiang Yu, a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman, insisted the internet was "open" in
Google announced late on Tuesday that it was no longer willing to censor its Chinese search engine - google.cn.
The search engine said it would hold talks with the government in the coming weeks to look at operating an unfiltered search engine within the law in the country, though no changes to filtering have yet been made.
When Google launched google.cn in 2006, it agreed to censor some search results - such as the
Google currently holds about one-third of the Chinese search market, far behind Chinese rival Baidu, which has more than 60%.
The CEO of Microsoft has said that the software giant had no plans to pull out of
"I don't understand how that helps anything. I don't understand how that helps us and I don't understand how that helps
"There are attacks every day. I don't think there was anything unusual," Mr Ballmer added. -BBC
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