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  • What's News? July 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Qunar finds your taxi

    Qunar is bolstering its entry in the crowded field of taxi-finder applications. The newest version of Qunar's award-winning mobile software will include a taxi app aggregator that pulls results from 6 other applications for locating tough-to-nab taxis in crowded Chinese cities. The Baidu-backed travel site already has a stake in the growing but fragmented industry; two months prior Qunar announced cooperating with Didi Dache, a Hangzhou-based taxi app already incorporated into map services from parent company Baidu. Qunar mobile counts over 43 million users. Source: iFeng

  • What's News? June 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Alibaba and Baidu play nice

    E-commerce makes strange bedfellows? Alibaba and Baidu haven't always worked well together, but recent cooperation indicate an improving relationship. The e-commerce giant and China's favorite search engine found common ground with Baidu's decision to display Alibaba customer service hotlines for platforms like Taobao directly through Baidu's search results. In addition, Alibaba's Alipay customer service system will be available directly through other Baidu's applications. Source: PC Online

  • What's News? April 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Amazon cloud arrives in CN

    Amazon recently launched its Cloud Drive in a bid to compete with local cloud providers. Cloud Drive supports document uploading to cloud server via Amazon's own wesbite or local software. With Chinese language support, Amazon looks to be gearing up for a tussle with Baidu and Alibaba's own cloud services. Cloud Drive also integrates with the Amazon music and Kindle store's, further indication that the Kindle may yet arrive in China. Source: China Byte

  • What's News? March 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

    WeChat, meet Taobao

    WeChat users can now use Taobao to search products inside Tencent's messaging application. Users can also jump to Taobao and Tmall to make orders, add goods as favorites and update their shopping cart. Industry experts see the move as the next step in the fight between Baidu and Taobao over product search. Alibaba maintains eTao for product search and recently unveiled comprehensive search through its Aliyun cloud computing division. Data shows that Taobao mobile users are already 150 million strong, accounting for a total turnover of RMB 50 billion in 2012. Source: eBrun

  • e-Commerce, Electronics
    December 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Strategic map: Baidu’s path to mobile relevance

    Lenovo's new Bai-Phone.

    China's leading online search giant is in trouble. While Tencent dominates social media, Alibaba controls retail and online payments, and Qihoo makes headway in mobile search, Baidu looks inert. For half a decade, the search giant was the gateway to China's online world. These days, traffic behind the great firewall is increasingly determined by mobile, social, and vertical search. Baidu hopes that a mobile hardware offering would enable it to regain lost ground. But  the company's real challenge—and opportunity—lies elsewhere on the map.  ...Read More

  • Electronics, Entertainment
    November 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Printing Press: Reading China’s eBook rush

    China. Embracing eBooks?

    China's brick-and-mortar bookstores have been bested by the likes of Shanda, Amazon, and Dang Dang. Online booksellers now look to outflank each other as they vie for the local eBook market. “Digitalization” connotes a streamlined, coordinated process, but eBooks have attracted hardware manufacturers, telecom giants, as well as e-Commerce generalists. A workable framework integrating published content, delivery platforms and hardware like e-readers and tablets remains elusive. ...Read More

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