Microsoft has been censoring Chinese blogs in order to appease the Chinese government. Chinese bloggers are outraged after Microsoft shut down an especially popular Chinese blog located at MSN Spaces. Via Instapundit, you may read reactions from Chinese bloggers over at Rebecca MacKinnon's blog (post 1, post 2). You can even read about it in the New York Times.
What do I get out of this?
(1) Big companies like Microsoft are not the friends of freedom or even the friends of the United States. They are simply out to make money, and Microsoft is making zillions of times more money selling Windows and Office to Chinese customers than it makes from MSN Spaces.
(2) I would like to say that bloggers should support small independent companies such as Six Apart, the company that operates Typepad which I use to blog. But Typepad isn't a very good solution for Chinese bloggers because of the cost. $80/year is nothing to an American, but it's prohibitively expensive to someone in China. Only big companies with ulterior motives such as Google with its Blogger service or Microsoft with its MSN Spaces service can afford to give away blogging software and bandwidth for free.
(3) China is gearing up to be the next world superpower. We should be worried about this.