I haven't chimed in yet on Google's policy of standing up to the US government's request for information but submitted to Communist China's demands that searches be censored. Murdoc points out today that Google's "principles" have now changed from-
Google does not censor results for any search term. The order and content of our results are completely automated; we do not manipulate our search results by hand. We believe strongly in allowing the democracy of the web to determine the inclusion and ranking of sites in our search results.
It is Google's policy not to censor search results. However, in response to local laws, regulations, or policies, we may do so. When we remove search results for these reasons, we display a notice on our search results pages. Please note: For some older removals (before March 2005), we may not show a notice at this time.
It looks like their quest for more money trumps their motto of "Don't be evil". And Google already does censor the internet- in France and Germany Nazi sites are banned.
BTW, I had a quick trawl through some of the lefty blogs and couldn't find a single one that commented on the Google/China scandal. Now, I admittedly didn't take a very large sampling but it seems odd that the Left-wing lovers of free speech have so little to say about censorship on such a massive scale. I guess they're all too busy wishing for an Alito-filibuster.
There's an open letter to Google here. Spread the word.