Privacy-oriented search engine DuckDuckGo is now blocked in China. We noticed this over the weekend, and on Sunday DuckDuckGo founder and CEO Gabriel Weinberg confirmed to Tech in Asia that the team has noticed the blockage in China: Weinberg added that he’s “no idea” when it happened exactly. We also cannot pinpoint an exact date, but it was accessible in China earlier in the summer.
South Korean internet search giant Daum has added free new maps of North Korea to its mapping service , according to North Korea Tech . The new online maps reportedly provide greater coverage and detail than the existing Google Maps. It includes details, roads, railways, buildings, and landmarks. Google Maps’ satellite imagery shows many of the same details, but the actual maps are “largely devoid of roads and other landmarks.” They also claim to cover rural areas whereas Google only covers major cities. However, Daum’s satellite images are less crisp because of a lower spatial resolution than Google’s.
Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU), China’s top search engine, released its Q2 earnings report overnight. The financials were dull (see here; PDF), but the conference call with Baidu execs yielded some interesting user numbers and a few new milestones. With a strong focus on mobile – now that China’s mobile internet users outnumber its PC web users – Baidu CEO Robin Li hailed the fact that the company’s “mobile revenue, which is largely comprised of mobile search revenue, accounts for 30 percent of our total revenue.”
Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba and mobile developer UCWeb today announced their latest joint venture: mobile content search. The two companies have created a mobile search engine for apps, shopping, and ebooks, in addition to the more traditional search model. The development of Shen Ma actually began in July of last year. Sina Tech reports Alibaba owns 30 percent of the new search engine and UCWeb owns 70 percent. Last October, Alibaba invested US$50 million in US-based app search engine Quixey, showing company’s growing interest in mobile search.