* Google website says China search service blocked
* Search previously listed as partially blocked in China
* Google's mobile and ad service also blocked
* Google images, news are partially blocked in China
* Google shares down 1.4 pct, Baidu up 3.5 pct
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By Alexei Oreskovic
SAN FRANCISCO, July 29 Google Inc's (GOOG.O)
Web search and mobile services in China were blocked on
Thursday, according to a message on the company's website.
It was unclear whether access had been blocked by the
Chinese government or if it was a temporary service disruption.
A Google spokesman said he did not have any immediate
information on the change in service availability.
Some users on the microblogging service Twitter reported no
problems accessing Google on Thursday.
A dispute between China and Google over Internet censorship
blew up in January when the world's largest search engine
stunned markets and consumers by warning that it might quit
China. At the time, Google said it would not provide the
censored search results that China requires.
Tensions appeared to have cooled earlier this month when
China granted Google one-year approval to keep operating its
Chinese search site. Until Thursday, Google's search service
appeared to be mostly accessible in China this week.
Shares of Google were down 1.4 percent after hours to
$478.00, while shares of Baidu Inc (BIDU.O), the biggest search
provider in China, rose 3.5 percent to $82.00.
Access to Google's various online services have long been
spotty in China. In recent months, Google has reported partial
blocking of access to its search, mobile and news services on
Since Google began providing service availability data four
months ago, Thursday marked the first time Google said its
search, ads and mobile services in China were fully blocked.
Google defines "fully blocked" as 67 percent to 100 percent
accessibility disruptions on its website reporting China
(Reporting by Paul Thomasch in New York and Alexei Oreskovic
in San Francisco; Editing by Tim Dobbyn)