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Google plans on building a research and development center in Shanghai in order to strengthen its business in China

Web search giant Google plans to build a research and development center in Shanghai, says PC World.  The goal for the company is to develop and expand its search business in China.

In the first quarter of this year, Google saw only 19 percent of China’s search market revenue, followed by Yahoo with 14 percent.  The leader in the search market is currently with 57 percent of the market according to Analysys International.  With the R&D center, Google is hoping to take over the lead in the search market in China.

Details have not yet been released on the research and development center, such as number of employees, cost of construction, or size of the center.  Though the details are scarce, the plans have been confirmed by Google China spokesperson, Marsha Wong.

Many competing search companies have had difficulties expanding and growing their business in the Chinese market, partly due to recent political difficulties involving search censorship and access from within the country.  Yahoo photo sharing service, Flickr, was just recently blocked in China.

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By Homerboy on 6/18/2007 5:09:25 PM , Rating: 4
LOL looks familiar. Is there anything China doesn't have a knock-off of?

By fk49 on 6/18/2007 5:20:15 PM , Rating: 4
The front page may look familiar but it's got a few advantages over google and others.

For one, it's a native Chinese search engine so it indexes all those pages in a better fasion than google.
And see that dedicated tab labeled MP3? I've always used baidu to look for those hard to find asian songs and from there, I can "preview them" (aka download a low-fi copy).
I suspect a lot of people use it for things like that as well.

Remember also that google can often be slow and laggy to access across the Pacific, made worse by the country's nationwide internet censors.

By yuchai on 6/18/2007 5:29:00 PM , Rating: 3
By oTAL on 6/19/2007 9:48:52 AM , Rating: 2
Hey! Altavista!! I didn't even know those guys still existed... ah, the good old days... babelfish was a pretty good translation engine and with a very inspired name (a tribute to Douglas Adams' "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy").

By Samus on 6/18/2007 4:48:27 PM , Rating: 2
considering how much the chinese gov't hates google

RE: interesting...
By mdogs444 on 6/18/2007 5:02:02 PM , Rating: 2
China may hate google, but given the population of China, its a huge resource to try and apply its business towards.

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