China Welcomes Alphabet By Blocking Its Website

Alphabet, the newly formed parent company that will own Google from now on, is not welcome in China, well, at least its website isn’t. The Alphabet website was blocked in China less than 24 hours after going live. The Alphabet website adds to the long list of the California-based tech firm’s services that are blocked in China.

In a surprising corporate overhaul, Google’s Larry Page on Tuesday announced the metamorphosis of the company into Alphabet. Alphabet becomes the parent body and Google will be working under it, and not the other way round.

India-born Sundar Pichai, who had earlier been pioneering product and engineering for Google’s Internet businesses, has been made the new CEO of Google, while Larry Page will control Alphabet.

In the words of Larry Page, “Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies. The largest of which, of course, is Google. This newer Google is a bit slimmed down, with the companies that are pretty far afield of our main Internet products contained in Alphabet instead.”

Some of these companies under Alphabet include Google’s research arm X Lab, investment unit Google Ventures and its health and science operations.

It’s not like the Alphabet website is alive and kicking, as of the moment. All it consists of right now is a letter from Larry Page and a link to Google’s existing investor relations page.
Blocking it already is a sign of things to come – that Alphabet is not welcome in China – not now, not ever.

China has been actively blocking Google content. Only last year it fully blocked Google’s Gmail service. Google search and YouTube are already blocked here.