Baidu and Tencent, the two Chinese internet giants, landed in Vietnam in 2012. Their rapid growth have threaten the information security of local internet users, which added that both companies would undermine local internet companies. Baidu introduced the Vietnamese version of its search engine and other online services in January last year. Page views soared from 70,000 in April to 2 million by August. Tencent also launched its mobile phone text and voice messaging service in April last year, attracting more than 1 million Vietnamese users so far. Local media suspect the two internet companies are accessing and stealing information from users. Some former users have complained that the software is hard to remove after installation. Baidu’s search engine will automatically redirect usage patterns of Vietnamese netizens. If take-up passes 50 percent of local users, Vietnamese internet companies will lose their influence over the way people in the country surf the net.
CEO of Baidu? Really? HELL YES! Introducing Robin Li, the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of China’s Baidu search engine. Li now sits among Internet entrepreneurs such as Jeff Bezos (1st), Larry Page (2nd), Sergey Brin (3rd) and Mark Zuckerberg (4th), being the fifth richest Internet entrepreneur in the entire world, with a net worth of $10.2 billion.
Even those who don’t live or haven’t recently traveled to China would know Google has had a long history of battles with the Chinese government in regards of censorship. Yesterday, Google in a blog post, notified users that some particular search terms could cause connection interruption, pop up error messages like “This webpage is not available” or “The connection was reset”, and block users from searching again for a minute or more.
According to Chinese media report, Apple is looking to add Baidu, China’s market-leading internet search company, as a default search engine option in iOS. The Baidu integration is expected to make its way to Chinese iPhone/iPad/iPod touch devices via a software update. Chinese users could see the new firmware as early as next month. The move is not surprise as Baidu is responsible for more than 80 percent of internet searches in China, making it a default search engine option to replace google in iOS do makes sense. Google’s mobile search business is going to be even harder to gain ground in China, the company can now only rely on advertising market. Google’s own Android is widely used in China, but around 80 percent of hardware makers here use Baidu rather than Google. Recently, the government has intention to ban mobile manufacturers from installing Google apps on all new mobile devices.
Yahoo and Alibaba had so many disputes over the past few years, they now have a partial joint ownership and a complicated relationship. Last week, the chairman of Alibaba Group Jack Ma at a forum at Stanford University in Silicon Valley expressed his interest of buying the entire Yahoo said “We are very, very interested.” However, the deal might burst due to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
UPDATE: Video showing Jack Ma’s speech at Stanford
You know, there’s so much news in China. Maybe you took a post-July 4th vacation and couldn’t check your favorite Chinese tech sites all week. Or maybe you spent it doing nothing but working and you’re catching up now.
We have to catch up with some news we didn’t post because there’s so much news in China! Here is the news list:
Have you ever heard of “Human Flesh Search Engine (人肉搜索)”? The concept of it is to let the other internet users to help you to find some information that you cannot find by yourself. In the following, we are going to tell you what this is, how this works and how efficient it is.
Man, remember when Sina and Google announced a partnership back in 2007 to help Google battle China’s dominating search engine, Baidu? Both companies made a perfect match, since Google provides web page search service for Sina’s search box, and in return, Sina shares their advertising revenue generated by traffic with Google. Today, Sina has abandoned Google’s search engine and started using its own search technology instead.
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