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In a move that should seal its spot as the Google of China, Baidu announced that it has acquired a stake in online video platform iQiyi from Providence Equity Partners though the property is closer to a Hulu than to a YouTube. iQiyi, formerly known as Qiyi, was the first online video platform in China to focus exclusively on fully …
When Apple announced iOS 6 during Monday’s WWDC 2012 keynote, they introduced a whole slew of new features. In fact, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system will include more than 200 new features, including an all-new Maps app, Facebook integration, improvements to Siri, and much more. Since the announcement, there has been one feature of iOS 6 that …
Baidu is on a mission to take over the world, but seriously, who isn’t? There’s only a couple markets in the world where Google is present, but not dominant and they include China, South Korea, and Russia. Actually it should be surprising to learn that Google actually lost a seven percent market share to Baidu last month. It’s also interesting …
At a press conference in China this morning Dell unveiled a new the Streak Pro 101DL. The smartphone is the result of a collaboration with Baidu, China’s top search engine, and will run the company’s Yi operating system. Yi is Linux-based, but highly customized to work with Baidu and cater to the specific needs of Chinese users, and capable of …
The stock market, as a whole, did not do well today. The Dow and Nasdaq stayed about level, gaining and losing 0.01 percent and 0.32 percent, respectively, while AOL, Apple, and Yahoo all suffered losses of greater than 1.00 percent. But Baidu’s stock rose by a significant amount thanks to news that it’s partnered with Facebook. Some background info on …
Chinese search company Baidu shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to making money. Late yesterday, the company released its fourth quarter earnings report, and analysts’ expectations were surpassed in pretty much every respect.
To sort of cut to the chase: Baidu’s stock is up 6.69 percent in early morning trading, which shows the degree to which the company impressed investors. Jumps like that don’t occur on an everyday basis.
Early last year, it looked like Google might leave (or get kicked out) of China. Then, in a business sense, the best-case scenario appeared to be a series of embarrassing losses to Baidu. But a new report from Analysys International indicates that Google’s share of search advertising revenue in China may have stabilized at a respectable level.
It’s a pretty well-known fact that Baidu’s beaten Google in China, and all of Google’s efforts to reverse that fact haven’t accomplished much. Unfortunately for the company, those efforts also failed to hold off another rival, as a new report puts Alibaba ahead of Google in the online ad market.
Today is perhaps not a day on which a lot of investors will conduct spending sprees; the Dow’s down 1.10 percent right now, which isn’t at all encouraging. But Deutsche Bank has come to believe that investors almost definitely shouldn’t acquire shares of Baidu, downgrading the stock from "Buy" to "Hold."
The Chinese search company that is more or less the Google of its home market has sued another organization over its security software. Baidu said in its lawsuit that Qihoo 360’s Safe PC software unfairly identifies its toolbar and address bar as malware.
What with Google, Facebook, and other Web heavyweights seemingly getting drawn into courts on a weekly basis, it would make sense for Baidu to star in a lawsuit, and now the Chinese search giant will indeed become involved in another one. Only Baidu won’t have to defend itself, as the company will actually be suing its domain name registrar.
Baidu’s second quarter was in many (positive) respects a doozy. The company released its earnings report last night, and posted some very interesting numbers as it beat analysts’ estimates. One key stat: profits rose 118 percent on a year-over-year basis.
Chinese search giant Baidu may be in trouble. China Central Television (CCTV) – which is state-owned and easily the country’s largest broadcaster – has accused the company of allowing sites that deal in counterfeit drugs to buy ads.
Even as Google’s making concessions for the sake of staying in China, its chief rival there is in one sense branching out. Baidu announced today that it will hire some American engineers, and although that might not sound too remarkable, they’ll actually be the first people the company has hired straight from the U.S.
Assuming they haven’t already done so, it wouldn’t be surprising if Baidu’s execs decide to send some thank you notes and fruit baskets to their counterparts at Google. Baidu released its first-quarter earnings report late yesterday, and – due in large part to Google’s recent moves – the last few months went well, and the future looks even brighter.
It’s almost a waste of space to state that Google is a good employer; the fact is widely known, and people all over the world apply there on a regular basis. However, in a move that may speak to how the search giant is faring in China, an important research executive has gone to work for Baidu after quitting Google within the past couple weeks.
To be a Baidu shareholder must be a wonderful thing. The Chinese company’s stock went up yet again today and was at $608.50 when the closing bell rang, making this the first time it’s ever ended a trading day above $600.
Here are a couple other numbers sure to make other investors jealous: shares of Baidu actually gained 2.29 percent today, which represents a significant increase, not a symbolic tic. Also, since January 12th (the day Google announced its "new approach to China"), shares are up a whopping 51.91 percent.
The creation of the Chinese equivalent of Hulu is now officially underway. Providence Equity Partners, which invested $100 million in the original American video site, will give Baidu $50 million to create Qiyi.com. Qiyi should similarly offer premium content and rely on ad revenue.
The odds of Google leaving China appear to have been raised today. Two financial experts made positive comments about Baidu, and while neither issued any carved-in-stone predictions about its competitor departing, investors are now buying more shares of the Chinese company’s stock.
Motorola is allowing Internet users in China to use Baidu or other search engines on its handsets with Google’s Android operating system.
Baidu is Google’s chief rival in the search market in China. "Users will be able to select their search experience from a number of providers including Baidu and others, with whom Motorola has signed strategic agreements," the company said.
Reactions to Google’s announcement about a possible withdrawal from China have been mixed so far; there have been objections from individuals who think its absence will deprive the Chinese people of information, while others approve of what they consider a moral stand. But Baidu’s investors probably aren’t too conflicted, as the company’s stock imitated a bottle rocket today.
An investment group with significant ties to Hulu may now be ready to help a similar site launch in China. A report’s connected Providence Equity Partners to both Baidu and a new online video destination.
All sorts of corporations and individuals have agreed that the mobile market is key in China; many more people can afford Internet-enabled phones than PCs. Baidu may be onto something, then, as it intends to have an app loaded onto phones before they’re made available for sale.
Baidu shared its third quarter earnings report last night, and the part that actually concerned the third quarter was quite positive – the Chinese search giant reported higher revenues and profits than most experts expected. Unfortunately for the company, its forecast for the fourth quarter then caused what can only be described as panic.
Baidu announced that it has launched a new mobile search service in Japan. The company says Baidu Japan wireless search will build upon the existing Baidu.jp services, which include web search, image search, and video search, and have special features tailored to Japanese users.
The company has already been offering wireless search in its home country China. There, it has partnerships with carriers and all of the major handset manufacturers.
comScore has released some new numbers for the global search market. The highlight of the findings is that the market draws over 100 billion searches per month.
To be more specific, over 113 billion searches were conducted in July. This is a whopping 41% increase from a year ago. Obviously, Google sites received the bulk of these searches.
The second quarter of this year didn’t go so well for Google in China. According to a new report, the American search giant’s market share shrunk a bit, while that of its Chinese equivalent, Baidu, managed to get larger.
iResearch found that over three-fourths of all searches in China (specifically, 75.7 percent) were performed using Baidu in the second quarter of 2009. This represents a gain of 1.6 percent compared to the first quarter.
Discovery Communications, parent company of the Discovery Channel, and Baidu, China’s largest search engine, have partnered to launch a new website focused on science and technology.
"The launch of discovery.baidu.com represents an important step in building stronger brand awareness and consumer loyalty for Discovery in the key Chinese market," said Greg Ricca, President and CEO, Discovery Networks International.
Baidu, China’s equivalent of Google, released another earnings report last night, and the company’s continuing to impress onlookers at every turn. Baidu beat analysts’ estimates and made some very positive predictions regarding the next quarter.
Here are the key stats: the company’s revenue climbed 36.7 percent on a year-over-year basis, reaching $160.7 million compared to forecasts of $158 million. Also, it reported earnings of $1.61 per share, even though analysts only expected to see something like $1.44.
Baidu is big; its share of the Chinese search market is close to 60 or even 70 percent, depending on which statistics firm you favor. And Baidu may be set to grow still more, as the company’s CFO, Jennifer Li, seems to be rather open-minded on the subject of making acquisitions.
Unhappy Googlers may soon be supplied with about as many muffin baskets, pats on the back, and intriguing projects as they can handle. Apparently Google’s developing an algorithm to identify which employees are most likely to quit, and it’s acting on the info in an attempt to keep top workers around.
Google has partnered with the major record labels to launch a free online music service in China that is ad supported.
Initially the service will offer 350,000 songs from Warner Music, EMI, Sony Music Entertainment and 14 independent labels. The number of songs will increase to 1.1 million in the coming months, said Gary Chen, chief executive of Google’s partner www.Top100.cn.
It’s rather unlikely that Google will ever dominate the Chinese search market; Baidu isn’t even close to being beat. Just the same, a new report indicates the American search company is at least moving in the right direction, gaining an amount of ground last year that could be viewed as impressive.
Not long ago, China’s top search engine was caught selling high search rankings to unlicensed doctors. The uproar that resulted hurt its reputation, caused earnings estimates to get lowered, and culminated in a personal apology from the CEO. Now, the Chinese arms of Google and Yahoo have been accused of doing something similar.
As long as Baidu’s Chinese and Google’s American, it seems like that first company will have an advantage in a certain part of the world. There’s a sign that Google China is trying to catch up, however, by offering something to compete with Baidu’s much-loved MP3 search.
The Chinese music industry issued a warning to the nation’s most popular search engine Baidu saying it risked losing advertising for allowing music to be pirated.
"Resolutely countering Baidu, the largest and most incorrigible purveyor of pirated music in China, has become a common goal of the music industry," said Qu Jingming, director-general of the Music Copyright Society of China (MCSC).
Yahoo this, Microsoft that – it’s enough to make you move to China. Or at least look at China-centric news, in which Baidu is generating headlines for both succeeding financially and pushing its own version of Wikipedia.
Corporate leaders are in tough positions when trying to predict the future. If they’re too positive, they’re seen as overconfident. Too cautious, and people wonder why they’re scared. So Google China’s Kai-Fu Lee seems to have aimed at a middle ground when describing his pursuit of Baidu.
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.
Chinese police are cracking down on any Web sites or individuals who distribute the nude photos of several Hong Kong celebrities.
Police in Beijing warned that anyone found distributing the pictures online will be detained for a maximum of 15 days. Posting the photos online violates the Security Administration Punishment Law, the Chinese media reported. "If someone transmits more than 200 of the photos as a package on the Internet, the sender will be prosecuted for criminal liability," a Beijing police official said.
China’s most popular search engine Baidu.com has been censured by the Chinese government for spreading pornographic images of celebrities.
Photos showing Hong Kong actor Edison Chen and other female stars naked were indexed and made available by the search engine.
Record label execs might be better off banging their heads against the Great Wall of China; at least that way, they’d see and feel something of historical significance. But in what’s likely to be an equally unproductive move, they’ve instead decided to sue Baidu again.
Baidu’s MP3 search engine is often fingered as one of the main reasons for the company’s success. And for the foreseeable future, it will continue to fill this role, as the People’s High Court of Beijing just ruled against a group led by EMI, SONY BMG, and Universal Music.
Comscore released what it is calling the first comprehensive worldwide report on search engine market share, and Microsoft, third place in the U.S., falls to fourth on the world stage behind Chinese powerhouse search engine Baidu.com.
In fact, Google’s YouTube, if broken out from Google’s own data, would be the third most popular search engine and beat both Baidu and Microsoft, all by itself. That’s disheartening, as is this simple look at things:
When Google’s U.S. market share changes by a percentage point or two, it doesn’t turn many heads – Google has been ahead, is ahead, and will presumably stay ahead, regardless. But as Google’s Chinese share changes, a lot of eyes are watching to see what will happen.
For a while, it seemed like Google China was doing better – the company had partnered with Sina, bought a stake in Tianya, and received the Chinese government’s permission to provide content. Now things don’t look so great – Baidu’s market share is up, and Google’s has gone down.
Remember those Little League games in which one team would completely crush the other? Scores of 16-1, or 20-2, are starting to remind me of the gap between Baidu and Google in China. And with the launch of new online video ads, Baidu looks ready to further trounce its opponent.
Business is booming for Baidu – the Chinese search engine has reported its second-quarter revenue and net profit, and both figures have doubled (and then some) since last year. Unlike Google’s earnings, this beats analysts’ forecasts; Baidu’s stock price shot up as a result.
There are a number of reasons that Baidu has beaten Google (in terms of Chinese market share), but one of them involves entertainment-related queries; the Chinese company’s MP3 search function is wildly popular. And that function will soon get better, as Baidu has announced a partnership with Rock Music Group.
Google’s not doing too well in China, and a variety of reasons have been given to explain this poor performance. But fact is better than conjecture, and eye tracking is a preferred (and interesting) way of obtaining insight into these matters. So Enquiro’s Gord Hotchkiss conducted a Google vs. Baidu study.
Baidu owns a huge share of the Chinese search market, despite attacks from Google and Yahoo. That success is likely due to its home field advantage. We may soon find out how Baidu will fare outside the Great Firewall, however, as reports indicate that the company may expand into Europe.
It’s sometimes best for authority figures to rule from afar – whether it’s a matter of interfering with an efficient routine or just making everyone nervous, direct contact isn’t always a positive thing. Google China may be heaving a sigh of relief, then, as the main corporation takes a few steps back.
Much has been made of the ways in which Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft have accommodated the Chinese government – and rightly so – but Baidu, with its home field advantage, appeared to be in the clear. Now, however, Baidu is running into some censorship problems of its own.
TechCrunch has broken the story that Google has bought a $1 million dollar stake in the Chinese/Israeli owned Maxthon browser.
The move could represent a significant drop in traffic for Baidu, which is currently the largest search engine in China in terms of market share and Google’s primary competition within the country.
According to some report, Maxthon could account for as much as 25% of Baidu’s overall traffic.
Baidu is China’s top search engine – the king, or, because or its relative youth, the prince. But the search engine company is experiencing some difficulties in Japan, where another corporation has laid claim to the domain baidu.co.jp. This pauper calls itself the “CBC Company.”
China’s top search engine Baidu.com has expanded into Japan with the launch of Baidu.jp. They will face plenty of competition from Yahoo Japan, which has a strong foothold in the market.
”Since our successful listing on NASDAQ in 2005, we have been committed to delivering the best user search experience in Chinese language search and creating exceptional value for our shareholders,” said Robin Li, Baidu’s Chairman and CEO.
Asian search competitor Baidu is funny. When you use their image search engine and click on a thumbnail, they’ll open a new page on their server which displays the large version of the image, with an additional link to the source page… an interesting interpretation of “fair use.” (There’s some sort of copyright notice on the page’s footer, though automatic translation programs fail to get the precise point across… part of it sounds like “This picture may be copyrighted.”)