7 Chinese companies that will shape the future of the tech industry: My week in Beijing

ChinaZDNet — If you still think Chinese tech companies are only about replicating the innovations that others have made, then you’ve got some catching up to do. Today’s Chinese tech sector is filled with a number of disruptive companies that are not only competing but leaping ahead in the race to build better products and use tech to solve important problems.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/7-chinese-companies-that-will-shape-the-future-of-the-tech-industry-my-week-in-beijing/

Indonesians just love their free apps: Baidu-GfK study

IndonesiaDigital News Asia — INDONESIANS spend an average of 60 minutes per day on their apps, and tend to prefer free apps even though they take longer to install, according to the Mobile Apps Market Study on Indonesia by China Internet giant Baidu, conducted by market research firm GfK.

https://www.digitalnewsasia.com/mobility/indonesians-just-love-their-free-apps-baidu-gfk-study

Indonesians just love their free apps: Baidu-GfK study

IndonesiaDigital News Asia — INDONESIANS spend an average of 60 minutes per day on their apps, and tend to prefer free apps even though they take longer to install, according to the Mobile Apps Market Study on Indonesia by China Internet giant Baidu, conducted by market research firm GfK. And almost all of them access the Internet primarily via smartphones, the study found. GfK estimates that the online population is now 64.1% of the total population.

https://www.digitalnewsasia.com/mobility/indonesians-just-love-their-free-apps-baidu-gfk-study

Baidu’s new AI predicts crowd disasters before they happen

ChinaTech in Asia — It was December 31, 2014. In Shanghai, thousands flocked to the historic and picturesque Bund, where there had been reports a light show would take place to ring in the new year. Unfortunately, too many people had the same idea. A dangerously dense crowd formed, and at a viewing platform in Chen Yi Square overlooking the river, confusion and a lack of crowd control led to panic and eventually stampede. Within minutes, 36 people had been killed and another 49 had been injured in the crush.

https://www.techinasia.com/watch-baidus-ai-predict-crowd-disasters-happen

Baidu, China’s biggest search engine, has growing ambitions in India

IndiaTech 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.

https://www.techinasia.com/baidu-india-ambitions

Baidu soft-launches mysterious ridesharing aggregation service (we think)

China.gifTech in Asia — Is Baidu getting into the car booking/car rental game? It’s starting to look that way. On Friday, somewhat out of the blue, some Baidu users got text notifications that led them to this site (works best on mobile). The site is about a promotion for “Baidu Zhuanche” (Baidu Private Car), promising a discount for those who try it out before the end of the month, and service available across more than 20 cities.

https://www.techinasia.com/baidu-softlaunches-mysterious-ridesharing-service

Baidu aims at 1Q16 consolidated revenues of CNY15.140-15.970 billion

ChinaDigi Times — Baidu, the largest China-based search engine, is targeting consolidated revenues of CNY15.140-15.970 billion (US$2.32-2.45 billion) for the first quarter of 2016, according to a financial report released by the company on February 25. Baidu had 657 million active users of mobile search services and 302 million users of mobile map services in December 2015, and there were 53 million Baidu Wallet (Baidu’s mobile payment service) accounts at the end of December 2015, the company said.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160226PD207.html

Baidu, iQiyi CEOs offer to buy out Baidu’s iQiyi stake

ChinaTech in Asia — Well, here’s a strange one: on Friday, Baidu said that it has received a nonbinding proposal to acquire its majority stake in video streaming site iQiyi. The guys who want to buy it up? Baidu’s own CEO Robin Li and iQiyi CEO Gong Yu.

https://www.techinasia.com/baidu-iqiyi-ceos-offer-buy-baidus-iqiyi-stake

China poised to leapfrog Japan to rank as No 2 market behind US for information technology goods and services

ChinaSCMP — Unfazed by a lingering economic slowdown, China is on pace to overtake Japan this year as the world’s second-largest market for information technology goods and services, behind the United States. Business and government expenditure on technology, including telecommunications services, in mainland China is forecast to reach US$224 billion this year, compared with US$203 billion in Japan, according to new data from Forrester Research.

http://www.scmp.com/tech/article/1909887/china-poised-leapfrog-japan-rank-no-2-market-behind-us-information-technology

Baidu’s CarLife gains momentum as Audi, VW, GM agree to use it

China.gifTech In Asia — Baidu, China’s top search engine, today revealed it has persuaded three major automakers to use its in-car software, dubbed CarLife. The development comes one year after Baidu first revealed CarLife as a China-specific alternative to Apple’s CarPlay or Android Auto.

https://www.techinasia.com/baidu-carlife-audi-vw-gm

China’s Baidu says to develop self-driving buses within 3 years

ChinaTimes of India — BEIJING: China’s top online search firm Baidu Inc said it aims to put self-driving buses on the road in three years and mass produce them within five years, after it set up a business unit to oversee all its efforts related to automobiles. The unit will also include its initiative in partnership with BMW AG to develop an autonomous passenger vehicle, which may also be put into mass production within five years, a spokesman told Reuters on Monday.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Chinas-Baidu-says-to-develop-self-driving-buses-within-3-years/articleshow/50172075.cms

Baidu builds empire with music, Amazon deals

ChinaTimes of India — SHANGHAI: Chinese internet giant has announced two deals linked to the entertainment industry, including a tie up with online retailer Amazon to provide it with search services. Baidu, often described as the Chinese equivalent of Google, has been seeking to leverage its online dominance in a country where most of the US search giant’s websites are banned.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Baidu-builds-empire-with-music-Amazon-deals/articleshow/50053568.cms

Indonesian e-commerce players gear up for Harbolnas

Indonesiae27 — It is that time of the year again. Indonesia’s National Online Shopping Day (Harbolnas) will happen on December 12 with 140 e-commerce sites participating to give discounts of up to 90 per cent for one day, in a retail event  comparable in magnitude to the Jakarta Great Sale. To welcome it, Lazada Indonesia held a two-day e-commerce workshop The Road to Harbolnas at the startup’s head office in South Jakarta.

http://e27.co/indonesian-e-commerce-players-gear-harbolnas-20151202/

China’s Baidu Is Increasing Its Indian E-commerce Exposure?

IndiaChina Tech News — Chinese search engine company Baidu reportedly plans to acquire a controlling stake in Mydala.com, a leading e-commerce platform for discounted products in India. According to reports in Indian local media, Baidu expressed an intention to acquire a majority stake in Mydala.com and the investment can reach up to USD100 million, which is about CNY630 million. Neither Baidu nor Mydala.com have commented on the news.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2015/11/20/22314-chinas-baidu-is-increasing-its-indian-e-commerce-exposure

China search giant Baidu plans to open online bank

ChinaTimes of India — SHANGHAI: China’s main search engine Baidu plans to launch an online bank with financial services group Citic, the two companies said, as the internet firm seeks to compete with rivals moving into banking. The Baixin Bank, a venture between Baidu and China Citic Bank, will be the country’s first lender formed by an internet company and a traditional bank, Baidu said in a statement.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/China-search-giant-Baidu-plans-to-open-online-bank/articleshow/49833480.cms

Standard Chartered and Baidu launch Hong Kong fintech accelerator

Hong KongFinextra — Standard Chartered has partnered with Chinese Internet search engine Baidu to launch a fintech accelerator programme in Hong Kong. The bank says the ‘SuperCharger Accelerator Programme’ will help local and international early-stage and more established fintech companies grow in Asia’s vibrant markets. Throughout October, a roadshow will travel in search of the best businesses worldwide with stops including London, New York, Tel Aviv, Singapore and Beijing.

http://www.finextra.com/news/fullstory.aspx?newsitemid=27934

China-US partnerships important steps in cloud strategy

ChinaAsia One — United States tech multinationals rushed to grab Chinese partners during President Xi Jinping’s US trip on Thursday, hopping to get more government procurement deals in China. Microsoft Corp and its Chinese cloud computing partner 21Vianet will partner with State-owned information technology company Unisplendour, targeting government and SOE customers.

http://business.asiaone.com/news/china-us-partnerships-important-steps-cloud-strategy

Check out all the big-shot tech execs who met the Chinese president in Seattle

ChinaBusiness Insider — Some of the most powerful tech leaders got together in Seattle to greet Chinese President Xi Jinping on his visit to the US Wednesday. And based on the group photo tweeted out by Seattle Times reporter Matt Day, it was a star-studded event:

http://www.businessinsider.com/tech-leaders-greet-chinese-president-2015-9

The New Empire Builders: China’s Digital Conglomerates

ChinaCKGSB — Jack Ma’s mix of charm, drive and self-deprecation was on display as he addressed the Economic Club of New York in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria in early June. As club members tucked into a lunch of herb-stuffed chicken breast, mushroom risotto and baby zucchini, the Alibaba founder and Executive Chairman breezed through topics that ranged from his days as an English teacher back in 1988 in Hangzhou to the future of his e-commerce powerhouse.

http://knowledge.ckgsb.edu.cn/2015/09/22/china/the-new-empire-builders-chinas-digital-conglomerates/

Soft-World and Baidu to co-develop mobile games, says report

TaiwanDigi Times — Soft-World International, the largest Taiwan-based online game developer and operator, will cooperate with Baidu, the largest China-based web portal, to develop smartphone-based mobile games, according to the Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News (EDN).

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150909PB200.html

Cloud computing in China may surpass developed countries

ChinaWant China Times — Since early this year, China has been pursuing an “Internet Plus” action plan focusing especially on cloud computing. Early this year, the State Council unveiled an opinion about promoting cloud computing, expecting China to have built up several internationally competitive cloud computing enterprises that have controlled key cloud computing technologies by 2020, China Economic Net reports.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150820000118

China market: China Mobile to launch own-brand smart wireless routers

ChinaDigi Times — China Mobile will launch own-brand smart wireless routers in the China market, with the device positioned as the center of home-use IoT applications for security surveillance, environmental monitoring, automatic control of appliances and healthcare services in the future, according to industry sources. China Mobile will soon hold an open-bid to select the ODM to produce 10,000 units, the sources said.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150817PD211.html

Pollution in China Makes Free Cooling Difficult for Baidu

ChinaDatacenter Knowledge — China’s notoriously high air pollution levels are a well-documented public-health issue. But pollution also has other less talked about effects. One of them is on the efficiency of data centers in the country. Pulling outside air into a data center to cool equipment to reduce energy used by mechanical cooling systems has been one of the most effective ways to increase the facility’s energy efficiency.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2015/08/03/china-data-center-operators-struggle-with-pollution/

Baidu nod for share repurchase scheme

ChinaShanghai Daily — CHINA’S largest Internet search engine Baidu yesterday said it had approved a share repurchase scheme worth up to US$1 billion to showcase its confidence in the online-to-offline (O2O) opportunity. The share repurchase will be funded by existing cash balance over the next 12 months, according to a stock exchange filing.

http://www.shanghaidaily.com/business/it/Baidu-nod-for-share-repurchase-scheme/shdaily.shtml

Baidu to invest in O2O

ChinaShanghai Daily — CHINA’S dominant Internet search engine Baidu Inc yesterday said it would invest 20 billion yuan (US$3.2 billion) over the next three years on online-to-offline services, including group-buying service Nuomi. “Right now Baidu has over 50 billion (yuan) in cash on its books,” said CEO Robin Li in a press release. “We’re going to take 20 billion of that and do Nuomi right.”

http://www.shanghaidaily.com/business/it/Baidu-to-invest-in-O2O/shdaily.shtml

Baidu teams up with ICBC on internet finance and other services

ChinaWant China Times — Internet search giant Baidu signed a cooperation agreement with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) on June 26 covering internet finance, map services, internet marketing and lifestyle services, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Commercial Times. Baidu will provide its mapping service and positioning technology to help ICBC to plan branch locations, as well as providing technical support for the bank’s online financial services.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150628000036

China Cloud Computing: InfoQ China Creates Container Technology Hub

ChinaChina Topics — InfoQ’s CNUT meeting with technology leaders in China was considered successful after it was attended by big technology companies such as Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu, Huawei, Ctrip, Meituan, JD and other tech companies in the country. The focus of the meeting, which was held in Beijing Babbitt Internet themed tea house, is about the possible effect of container technologies for cloud computing and its local role in domestic distribution.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/55073/20150624/china-cloud-computing-infoq-creates-container-technology-hub.htm

Baidu Announces Pricing of US$1.25 Billion Notes Offering

China.gifBEIJING – Baidu, Inc., the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, today announced the pricing of its public offering of US$1.25 billion aggregate principal amount of its notes. The public offering consists of US$750 million of 3.000% notes due 2020 and US$500 millionof 4.125% notes due 2025. The notes have been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and are expected to be listed on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3346562

Global Software Industry Poised to Outweigh Hardware Sector Next Year, from Korea

KoreaAccording to a recent report of the Institute for Information & Communications Technology, the number of hardware manufacturers, including those producing electronic components, semiconductor products and equipment, IT hardware, telecoms equipment, and consumer electronics, is on the decline on the list of the global top 100 IT companies based on market caps, whereas that of software, IT services, and Internet service providers is showing a noticeable increase.

http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/article/11117/digital-power-global-software-industry-poised-outweigh-hardware-sector-next-year

Baidu May Create Online Sports JV With British Firm

ChinaChinese search engine company Baidu is rumored to be talking with U.K. digital sports media group Perform Group to establish a joint venture in China. Perform’s core business is purchasing digital copyrights of various high-level sports events, displaying those events on online with its powerful digital editing capacity, and attracting money with its traffic. In addition, Perform specializes in sports data consulting analysis and advertising sponsorship marketing.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2015/06/17/21779-baidu-may-create-online-sports-jv-with-british-firm