Trending This Week: Google vs China, Donuts and TechCrunch

Google vs. China

Goolge is now notifying Chinese users when they are using search terms that can trigger China's Internet blocks. This is certainly its boldest challenge after a two year public battle over Beijing's ongoing attempts to restrict online content. Starting immediately Google will notify users in mainland China when they enter a keyword that may cause connection issues.

"By prompting people to revise their queries,Google is hoping to reduce these disruptions and improve user experience from mainland China," said Alan Eustace, senior vice president of Knowledge at Gogole. "Of course, if users want to press ahead with their original queries they can carry on."

In order to figure out which keywords are causing problems, a team of engineers in the U.S. reviewed the 350,000 most popular search queries in China. In their research, they looked at multiple signals to identify the disruptive queries, and from there they identified specific terms at the root of the issue.

Hmmmm Donuts!

National Donut Day

Every year on the first Friday in June, we come together as a country to celebrate National Donut Day. And while many snarky cynics may suggest this doughy treat should not be celebrated, unlike many other national food holidays, this one has a real place in history.

National Donut Day was created in 1938 to honor a group of wartime heroes: women working with the Salvation Army who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.

Thank you ladies!

This event takes place in Madison Square Park, NYC. Next year stop by our offices. We are just around the corner.


This week at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference Israeli firm Shaker was annoucned the winning startup. The  panel of five TechCrunch Disrupt judges (including Michael Arrington) selected Shaker over 30 unlaunched startups.

Problem? Michael Arrington, founder of TechCrunch and fomer editor, is also a "pending investor" in Shaker.

That doesn't sound right, does it?

Jemima Kiss, a media reporter for U.K. newspaper Gaurdian, has an interesting take on it.

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