Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) can't help it. The world's leading search engine always knows how to make news. This time, however, it shook geopolitical foundations, too, when it announced that it was considering pulling out of China

Even Hillary Clinton -- love her or hate her -- got involved. 

Google, quite frankly, is tired of betraying its "do no evil" mantra. In whitewashing its search results to comply with the great firewall of China, Big G has been a sellout. Unfortunately, refusing to censor its site -- even if it's the right thing to do -- would likely result in Chinese citizens being blocked from accessing the site. 

It's quite the quandary for Google. It has to either be a sellout, or be left with nothing to sell. 

Briefly in the news
And now let's take a quick look at some of the other stories that shaped our week.

  • Marvel -- now Disney's (NYSE:DIS) Marvel -- won't be releasing the fourth installment in the Spider-Man movie franchise next year. It's probably going to hit theaters in 2012.
  • Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Bing surrendered market share to Google last month, according to Nielsen. Naturally, Bing wasn't going to keep growing every single month, but I sense a new barrage of annoying Bing ads on the horizon.
  • Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) is gearing up for a shareholder vote on Wednesday, deciding whether it should split its "B" shares in a 50-to-1 transaction. Why is this so controversial? The "B" shares were born as the result of a 30-to-1 adjustment. Did I miss the "no double splitting" poster?

Until next week, I remain,

Rick Munarriz

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