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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.
It may be that the exit of Kai-Fu Lee won’t act so much as a stumbling block as a catalyst for Google China. A new report indicates that, following his departure, Google China will double its sales staff and offer cash incentives to 100,000 would-be advertisers.
A few questions surrounding the departure of Kai-Fu Lee from Google China have now been answered. Lee isn’t leaving due to any perceived failure – indeed, he thinks Google China is doing rather well – and it turns out that he’s landed a position as the head of a venture capital firm.
Google China’s about four years old, and to be fair, deserves a bit of recognition for surviving so long under inhospitable conditions. But it’s still floundering in terms of market share and profitability, and its president, Kai-Fu Lee, now seems ready to switch focus in response.
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.
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.
Taken together, “Google” and “China” occasionally relate to censorship. If Baidu enters the conversation, “losing” might also come up. But in this case, it appears that a positive development occurred: Google China has introduced an “allow certain sites” feature for AdSense.
It is widely known that Google’s Chinese search service is censored by the requirements of the Chinese government, blocking out results for phrases like “democracy” and “Tiananmen.” After an informal investigation of search results on Google.cn, a blogger has compiled a list of other blocked results, which reveals some curious terms.