Last year's row between Google and the Chinese government is beginning to look like a scratched scab according to the NY Times, which has reported Google accused the government over Gmail downtimes.

Google described the downtime as being "a government blockage, carefully designed to look like the problem is with Gmail." As you might remember, the censorship battle dragged on for several months, but finally concluded in July when China renewed Google's license for operating its website in the country. Email disruptions in China suggest the book didn't close entirely last year. [NY Times]