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US company burned by China Web filter plans rival product

Owen Fletcher | Sept. 22, 2009
Solid Oak Software will launch a low-price rival product to China's controversial Green Dam

Bryan Zhang, general manager of Jinhui Computer System Engineering, one of the designers of the Chinese software, declined to comment on the allegations of code theft.

The new Solid Oak product will have a Chinese user interface available and a filtering function that the company reworked after much of its old proprietary code appeared online. The filtering will be entirely URL-based, avoiding the need to translate keywords into Chinese.

"We are working on a way to release it for free. That is the ultimate goal," company spokeswoman Jenna DiPasquale said in an e-mail.


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