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Baidu's Online Maps Avoid Censors by Making China Look Like 'Sim City'

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The Chinese government imposes strict regulations on what images can and can't be displayed in overhead photos, making life difficult for services like Google Maps. But Baidu, China's Google equivalent, recently discovered that it could get around the government's restrictions by turning the entire Chinese landscape into one big illustration. The search engine's rendering makes China look a lot like a Sim City tableau, with any sensitive images or locations conveniently omitted. You can find the tool in all its pixelated beauty, here.

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