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'Bug' Sees Google Corporate Changed to Chinese

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 15 comments

Google was today rushing to fix a rather strange 'bug': The company's corporate site was redirecting to the Chinese-language version of the same page.

The Guardian reports that some Internet users searching Google for information on Google executives were given an English link to "Corporate Information – Google Management" which took them to a page with the information all in Chinese – http://www.google.com/corporate/execs.html. The company's corporate site www.google.com/corporate, was also in Chinese.

According to the Guardian, the problem only occurred in some areas, but could be reproduced after the cookies were deleted and when the private browsing mode was turned on. Originally though to be the result of hacking, Google was quick to label the problem as a 'bug.'

"This is not a hack but rather a bug affecting the language displayed to some users, and we are working to fix it soon," a Google said.

On Monday Google shut down its Chinese portal, google.cn and announced that it would be offering uncensored search results in simplified Chinese through google.com.hk.

*Image via the Guardian

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    Memoscorp , March 24, 2010 10:04 PM
    What a weird "coincidence".
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    Memoscorp , March 24, 2010 10:04 PM
    What a weird "coincidence".
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    whenwhere , March 24, 2010 10:23 PM
    funny - a bug!!!
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    phoenix777 , March 24, 2010 10:42 PM
    too many news involving google and china lately -.-
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    randomizer , March 24, 2010 11:09 PM
    It's a feature, not a bug
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    Parsian , March 24, 2010 11:35 PM
    google should google bomb china with their censored materials
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    coolgod , March 24, 2010 11:41 PM
    lol, i remember that from world of goo :) 
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    hunter315 , March 25, 2010 1:03 AM
    coincidental timing on that bug, but i do believe it to be a bug, my high school had a problem with google.com redirecting to various random languages for a while, it was pretty interesting.
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    7amood , March 25, 2010 1:28 AM
    how about it's not a bug... it was done by china and they are cursing the execs in their own language (which obviously we do not understand)...
    HA-HAAAAAAAAA!!!!11
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    JohnnyLucky , March 25, 2010 3:18 AM
    It just makes you want to go hmmmmmmm.......
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    pug_s , March 25, 2010 4:18 AM
    Those google hackers are at it again.
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    rhino13 , March 25, 2010 10:53 AM
    I guess this is what China meant when they said google would regret it.
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    maniac5999 , March 25, 2010 12:13 PM
    Hmmm... maybe google should put a picture of Tiennamen Square on it's homepage.

    (you know, the one of the student and the tank)
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    Anonymous , March 25, 2010 1:46 PM
    This is just the beginning. Google should just attack China with pop up ads of bearded guys, old people with funny faces, and silhouettes of dancing people till they give up. I know I have.
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    TemjinGold , March 25, 2010 2:30 PM
    zantacThis is just the beginning. Google should just attack China with pop up ads of bearded guys, old people with funny faces, and silhouettes of dancing people till they give up. I know I have.


    You've attacked China with all that?
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    ghostsoldier , March 27, 2010 5:35 AM
    I live in China, but I've always used google.com and not google.cn because I don't read Chinese. I noticed that since they shut down google.cn, they have also redirected google.com to google.com.hk. Not sure why they'd do that as Google.com shouldn't have been affected by the Chinese pullout.