But the fun didn't last long. In response, the Chinese government began disabling searches for "objectionable content" and blocking links to some results, The New York Times reports.
Some what's next for Google? Possibly some serious repercussions, NYT says:
- China Mobile Ltd. (NYSE: CHL), the country's biggest mobile communications company, is expected to pull out of a deal to put Google search on its home page.
- China Unicom Ltd. (NYSE: CHU), the second-largest mobile company, is said to be either delaying or killing its launch of a phone based on Google's Android.
- TOM Online, a mainland Chinese Internet firm, has already stopped using Google search.
- Google may also have trouble keeping its Chinese ad sales workforce.
— Erin Barker, Digital Content Reporter, Cable Digital News