Sohu IT, 1/19/10
Wang Jinhong, director of public relations for Google China, has confirmed that normal operations have resumed and employees have returned to their regular duties.
Wang dismissed rumors that Google China had announced its closure, or that employees were given options to either leave with a half-year's pay or be reassigned to Google's operations overseas.
Editor's Note: In a post on Google China's official blog, John Liu and Boon-Lock Yeo also refuted rumors that Google China would close its offices, stating that Google employees are attending work as usual, and that while Google's global headquarters is holding discussions with the Chinese government, Google China employees continue to provide products and services to the company's cooperating partners.
Alan Eustace, senior VP for engineering at Google, also said that while no conclusion had yet been reached, even in a worst case scenario Google would maintain its China research center and perhaps preserve some portion of its China business.
According to a separate unconfirmed report online, an advertisement promoting the music ranking feature of Google China's music service has also begun airing on Beijing TV's culture and arts channel.