Google Now Says China, Not Glitch, Blocked Users

Google Inc.'s search sites in China suddenly stopped working, and the U.S. Internet giant, after initially taking the blame for a technical glitch, reversed itself and said that it had concluded China was blocking users' searches with its "Great Firewall." The episode demonstrated how fraught with confusion the relationship between China and Google remains, and it could represent a sharp escalation of the country's battle with Google a week after the U.S. Internet giant stopped obeying Chinese censorship rules.