Plain and simple, even though Solid State storage is getting much cheaper, a 4GB Flash drive still goes for about 15 bucks on NewEgg for a decent brand. Where DVD's with 4.7GB are about 50 cents each. Blu-Ray discs are much cheaper in comparison as well. So as awesome as it would be to see cartridges come back, it's unlikely.
Plain and simple. They want to control the information flow and cutting out Google is huge for that. Google loses out on alot of revenue. 35% of China is about 700 million people. Thats alot of money they will lose. The Chinese people will hurt the most though.
beatle11 writes: Two students (from MIT, of course) put together a low-budget rig to fly a camera high enough to photograph the curvature of the Earth. Instead of rockets, boosters and expensive control systems, they filled a weather balloon with helium and hung a styrofoam beer cooler underneath to carry a cheap Canon A470 compact camera. Instant hand warmers kept things from freezing up and made sure the batteries stayed warm enough to work.
Of course, all this would be pointless if the guys couldnâ(TM)t find the rig when it landed, so they dropped a prepaid GPS-equipped cellphone inside the box for tracking. Total cost, including duct tape? $148.