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Old 02-18-2013, 03:11 PM
 
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Can you believe that? This search engine monopoly is actually negligible in China.
In January 2013, search engine usage in China is like this:

1. Baidu 71.28%
2. 360 10.59%
3. Sogo 7.98%
4. Google 5.16%
5. Soso 3.91%
6. Bing 0.51%
7. Youdao 0.29%
8. Yahoo 0.25%
... ...
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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Because Baidu is their Google, and quite firmly positioned and established. Being that China's economy is basically planned, I'm sure they help things running smoothly for them.
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:30 AM
 
Location: USA
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Can you believe that? This search engine monopoly is actually negligible in China.
In January 2013, search engine usage in China is like this:

1. Baidu 71.28%
2. 360 10.59%
3. Sogo 7.98%
4. Google 5.16%
5. Soso 3.91%
6. Bing 0.51%
7. Youdao 0.29%
8. Yahoo 0.25%
... ...
Google actually was the second most used search engine in China and they were gaining market share every quarter from Baidu. However, Google didn't want to censor all the things China demanded and there was a big dispute between one of the founders and China. He grew up in Russia, so censorship is a sensitive issue to him. This resulted in most major companies pulling their ads from Google because they feared Google would move or be forced to move, which is exactly what happened. That is why Google has a small presence in China now and why Baidu's stock soared. Once Google left, Baidu knew they didn't have to worry about losing their dominance anytime soon.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:48 PM
 
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Yep;Goolge wouldn't agree to the terms in the end.
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:33 AM
 
Location: Stepford, CT
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Those numbers are pretty good considering that the PRC blocks so much of Google's content: List of websites blocked in the People's Republic of China - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:27 PM
 
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Those numbers are pretty good considering that the PRC blocks so much of Google's content: List of websites blocked in the People's Republic of China - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Baidu cannot reach those websites either. So it does not explain anything.

Besides the conflict between Google and China government, I think Baidu may provide better service in Chinese language.
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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China censors a lot of things including the internet.
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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Possibly because Google indexes predominantly English-language websites and is less effective for non-English internet searches.
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:00 PM
 
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Possibly because Google indexes predominantly English-language websites and is less effective for non-English internet searches.

Yes.

There's also a copyright thing. A few years ago I could use Baidu to find a lot of mp3 music, but they are not really legal.
I believe Baidu has now taken those things down though.
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:13 AM
 
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Possibly because Google indexes predominantly English-language websites and is less effective for non-English internet searches.
Google had 20% market share and was gaining on Baidu fast, until the following happened...

June 2009 - For the first time in years, Chinese authorities block Google, citing pornography as the reason. Google- owned video site YouTube is also blocked.

July, 2009 – The Chinese government delays the launch of its controversial censorship software which it was insisting be installed on every computer in China. Green Dam is designed to block “harmful content” however has been strongly opposed by governments around the world. No new date for launch is announced.

January, 2010 - Google threatens to pull out of China following a cyber attack on the gmail accounts of human rights activists, that originated in the country. It describes the attack as highly sophisticated and targeted, and claims that it will no longer continue to censor its search results.

However, the search engine states it will enter talks with the Chinese government to enable it to remain in China but asserts that it wishes to stay in the country.

Following the attacks, Google postpones the launch of Nexus One, its answer to the iphone, in China – a big move given the size of the mobile market in China and the potential revenue available.

March, 2010 Google redirects its Google.cn search engine to Google Hong Kong
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