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Web Giants Get Bigger, Location Takes Off

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The easiest way to sum up the Web in 2010 is that it was a year of growth. The big got bigger and smaller companies came out of the woodwork with new plays on old ideas. It was also the year of location services, HTML5, and a growing sense of openness, both in terms of the technologies that started to get used and the shift in making information more public.

The beginning of the year, however, was marked with a sense of uncertainty as tensions between Google and China grew into what would become a large-scale issue of censorship and China's control of information on the Web.

For years, Google had been self-censoring the results on the Chinese version of its service to comply with local laws. But beginning in January, the company said that it would no longer be doing so. In order to avoid a complete block on its service, Google effectively shut down the Chinese version of its home page and began re-directing traffic to an uncensored version that was hosted in Hong Kong. The conflict brought to attention the challenges of making Web sites work internationally when countries have put into place local laws and regulations that affect the flow of information.

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