Only hours after Google announced the launch of its latest cloud storage service, Google Drive has been blocked in China. Given these developments, local services — which are more popular among local users, anyway — are likely to dominate, like with social networking, microblogging and search.
The door is open for local players to dominate the growing space, says Jon Russel at The Next Web. Even as Google’s social networking service Google+ made a brief appearance in China this February, Google is not likely to gain a big slice of the pie from China’s half billion Internet users. As such, local brands like Baidu are likely to swoop in successfully with their own services given the supposed vacuum.
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