Tech in Asia— Chinese tech giant Baidu, maker of the country’s most popular search engine, is in search of something itself. It wants fast-growing markets where it can leap in. If it’s in search of the next billion, there’s only one place it can go – India. Baidu already has a “modestly-sized team” in India, says Josh Fenn, who does global marketing for the firm. That’s in the New Delhi office which opened in September.
Baidu, China’s popular search engine giant, confessed to have cheated in an image recognition contest, after which it claimed to beat Google and Microsoft in terms of popularity, early in May. In what could come across as a shocking news for ardent technology followers, a researcher from Baidu, China’s leading internet search engine, admitted to resorting to cheating in an image recognition contest.
Chinese tech giant Baidu has shut down the Japanese search engine that it first launched in 2007. The Baidu.jp site, which used to feature a Japanese-language search engine that hoped to rival Google and Yahoo in the country, now just features a mission statement and a bunch of email addresses for its business partners to reach out to. A Baidu spokesperson confirmed today to Tech in Asia that the Baidu Japan search engine is now shut. “[B]ut that doesn’t preclude the possibility that we will bring it back one day, or introduce our search technology services through other platforms in Japan,” he added.
Chinese search engine Baidu has been the king of China’s search game for a long time, since well before Google decided to leave the Chinese market. But given the similarities between their services and, especially in the early days, their aesthetic, comparisons between Baidu and Google are common. In the foreign press, Baidu is often called the “Chinese Google,” or flat-out accused of being a Google copycat.
China Mobile and Chinese search engine Baidu reached a deal to jointly build a new-generation mobile Internet cloud computing center. The center is named Baidu Yizhuang New-generation Search Data Center (first phase) and financial terms of the deal were not released.. According to China Mobile, this will become the industry’s first large-scale cloud computing center which targets mobile Internet businesses.
Google has announced an innovative platform to make non-English users more comfortable in using Internet. The Indian Language Internet Alliance (ILIA), which is a partnership between leading Indian technology and content companies, will encourage the Indian regional language content online. Google expressed they are hopeful that this initiative will bring 300 million Indian users will start using the Internet in the next three years.
China’s Alibaba Group has decided to power app searches for its mobile operating system using technology from U.S.-based Quixey, a company in which it invested. Quixey, which runs a mobile app by the same name, made the announcement on Friday, a year after it received funding from Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant perhaps best known for its huge IPO on the New York Stock Exchange last month.
Chinese Internet services company Baidu, Inc. is currently using deep learning algorithm, a new subfield of artificial intelligence (AI), to improve its search engine technology and other computing tasks. Deep learning is an area of machine learning that intends to train computer hardware and software to replicate the behavior of the human brain by using data representations. Andrew Ng, former artificial intelligence chief of Google, is currently leading Baidu’s AI research and development lab in Silicon Valley, California.
Quixey , the US-based search engine for apps that Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) invested $50 million into, announced today it has partnered with the Chinese ecommerce titan to launch deep mobile search in China. That means a few things: first, Quixey will now take over mobile search on YunOS, the Alibaba-made Android skin that comes installed on millions of phones sold in China. YunOS will act as a sort of pilot program before Quixey expands to two other Alibaba properties, and possibly much further if it succeeds.
NEW DELHI: Aimed at strengthening its foothold in the Indian mobile Internet space, tech giant Google will enable a faster search capability for mobile phones with slower network connections. Using a new streamlined version of its search results page, the US-based company will automatically check if a user has a slow wireless connection and deliver a fast loading version of Search.
BANGALORE: In today’s technologically advanced global world, politicians and new media go hand in hand. This is because it is the most preferred platform for people from all walks of life to express their views and opinions freely. Check out the most Googled Indian political leaders according to Google Trends. India’s first tech savvyperson Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also the most popular Indian politician on Google. As per the Google Trends, Modi scores 65 points out of 100; this is indeed remarkable for any leader all over the world.
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.