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Obama Online: $1 Million In 1 Minute As Baidu Applauds?

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Microsoft’s acquisition of Yahoo may drag on for several months.  Most other tech news is centered on Silicon Valley.  But developments related to Barack Obama are breaking the mold, as the presidential candidate seems ready to raise $1 million in one minute, and has received what looks like an endorsement from Baidu.

In regards to the financial story, "a small band of independent Obama supporters" has created AnObamaMinute.com, according to Matt Vella.  Others are supposed to register (starting this Thursday), and on April 21st at 1 PM, pour in their money.  If 10,000 people donate $100 each, they’ll have the total nailed.

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 Obama On Front Page Of Baidu

As far as Obama’s candidacy goes, any given person may or may not approve of the effort.  It’s certainly an interesting thing in terms of online fundraising, however, and if it succeeds, other candidates will almost certainly benefit from similar undertakings in the future.

Something that isn’t as likely to be shared is Baidu’s apparent support of Obama.  The Chinese search engine hasn’t officially endorsed him – a Google Doodle-esque image on its homepage is more of a "person of the month" profile – but would-be American presidents haven’t exactly been common among the lineup.

Of course, as Caroline McCarthy points out, whether it’s good or bad to get Baidu’s approval is another question entirely.

Obama Online: $1 Million In 1 Minute As Baidu Applauds?
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