tedster - 6:30 pm on Aug 11, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: tedster at 3:51 am (utc) on Aug 12, 2011]
I just finished the section about Google's "adventures" in China. WOW! There was so much more going on there than was obvious at the time.
The book gives great detail on the "don't be evil" struggle and the practical challenges of cooperating with censorship versus not bringing anything at all to the Chinese people. This section is real winner.
I had no idea that so many other tech companies just bowed to China's demands so easily - or that the big publicized hack of Google's data coincided with a hack of about 40 other companies. The cultural differences between the West and Chinese society are quite a challenge that will be with us for many years.
I also loved Google's admission that Baidu's technology was better than theirs when it came to fresh results - and that this recognition triggered a major project for Google that lasted more than a year.
[edited by: tedster at 3:51 am (utc) on Aug 12, 2011]