Google Earth Angers South Koreans

South Korea is the latest country to raise its concerns over Googles satellite photo service, Google Earth. The country is worried about sensitive sites being visible from space by the services users, including the presidential Blue House and military bases, as it remains officially at war with its neighbour, North Korea.

The presidential office in the country is reportedly planning to raise its fears with US officials. The roofs of some sensitive sites in the US - including the White House - have already been blacked out by Google, but that hasnt happened with its satellite imagery of South Korea. Images of the secretive North Korea are also available.

Meanwhile, Google is facing increasing competition when it comes to the search enginge of choice for Chinese surfers. Its reportedly losing market share to Baidu, its biggest rival, in the country - which has an estimated 103 million net users. However, their use is heavily censored. A survey found 33% of searches went through Googles Chinese service, while 52% were carried out through Baidu.

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