More Google Services Blocked in China
While it's not clear what's causing the outages, the Chinese central government almost certainly has a hand in it. The People's Republic has been playing a sort of cat-and-mouse game with Google since it closed down its Chinese search site, Google.cn, and moved its service to Hong Kong. China is now dealing with international disdain of its role in blocking Google, and the conflict between free speech and its own laws that mandate that some internet sites must censor some of their content.
But the problem with Google's mobile services is new, and may be intended to pressure Google to reach a compromise with the Chinese government so that the firm can continue to serve its large customer base on the mainland. So far neither side has backed down, which could mean that more and more of Google's services in China will disappear.