Microsoft has struck a deal to provide English search results in Baidu, China’s most popular search engine. According to The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft anticipates that the Bing-labeled English search results will help expand its Bing brand in China. Baidu also hopes that the partnership will help its efforts to expand its search engine to the global market. Chinese users typically use Google for English search results, however, the Chinese government has blocked that search engine — and other Google services, such as the newly launched Google+ — from time to time. Baidu will begin implementing Bing results later this year, although neither company provided an exact date as to when that functionality would be added.
Fearful of losing their jobs, a number of Google employees left the US search giant to join rival Baidu during Google’s brief mini-war with the Chinese government. Recent rumors suggest that the talents of these ex-Google employees are being tapped by Baidu as it begins to develop its own mobile OS. Details are scarce but the mobile OS project is thought to be an open source venture that will compete directly with Google’s Android OS for the lucrative mobile search market. Though Baidu commands 70% of the overall search market in China, its mobile search market share hovers around 26% , a level that is equal to Google. With a decidedly hometown advantage, Baidu may be looking to use its mobile OS to swing the pendulum in its favor and stem the tidal wave of success that Google’s Android OS is currently riding. More →
Google, Inc. has purchased internet VoIP company Global IP Solutions for a cool $68.2 million; a 27.5% premium over the company’s current stock price. While Global IP may not be a household name, you might be familiar with what they provide and to whom they provide it: the back-end VoIP engine used by the Yahoo!, AIM, WebEx, Baidu, and Lotus chat systems. Google continues to bolster its portfolio of acquired companies that supplement its Google Voice and Google Talk services — you may recall Google purchasing internet chat/VoIP company Gizmo5 several months ago — but we have yet to see any drastic feature changes/additions in said services. The future looks bright for Google Voice and Talk…although we do wonder about the VoIP fate of Yahoo! et. al now that Google owns their voice over IP engine. More →