impact - 6:35 am on Mar 14, 2010 (gmt 0)
This was inevitable. Google does not care about others privacy while, China takes extra care.
With google's ideology they can never work in China. Google knew it, Chinese knew it. Google found the hacking excuse as the best bet to exit China, while Chinese pointed out google's inability to follow Chinese rules to kick google out of China.
I think it is a win win situation for both.