Google CEO: Tech silence in China spat no shock

* Google says tech companies likely have range of views

* CEO says unsure how battle will end

By Diane Bartz

WASHINGTON, April 11 (BestGrowthStock) – Google Inc (Read more about Google Stock Analysis) (GOOG.O: ) has
not been surprised at the lack of public support in Silicon
Valley as it faces off with China over hacking and censorship,
the company’s chief executive Eric Schmidt said on Sunday.

“It has gone as we expected,” said Schmidt at a meeting of
the American Society of News Editors.

“Google is an unusual company,” said Schmidt, adding that
other tech firms in Silicon Valley probably had a range of
opinions about Google’s decision to publicly report hacking
attacks, and opting to end its censorship of its Chinese
service.

“We were able to make a decision based on principle,” he
said, adding that he was unsure what the end result would be.

“It is a battle,” he said. “We know that there is a
reasonably large group of people in China who are seeking
non-censored information.”

Google said on March 22 it would pull its Chinese-language
search services out of China, also citing a hacking attack late
in 2009 that it said originated from China.

Google ended its censorship of Chinese search results last
month. Search inquiries from mainland China have since been
sent to servers in Hong Kong, and have been at least
intermittently censored by Beijing, Google has said.

Google — the world’s No. 1 Internet search provider and
No. 2 in China behind local search powerhouse Baidu Inc
(BIDU.O: ) — has said it intends to retain some business
operations in China, including research and development staff
and a sales team.

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(Editing by Lincoln Feast)

Google CEO: Tech silence in China spat no shock