Baidu eyes Japan some more

September 1, 2007

Baidu is sort of in Japan already, and is going into Japan a bit more.  I suppose its better than going for Europe.

 Japan is one of the few internet markets where Yahoo! is dominated.


MySpace China

August 31, 2007

Not quite search marketing, but foreign money is still inflating the Chinese market.  Massive advertising company WPP has bought into MySpace China.  Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp allowed this site to develop almost from scratch.

Google cries Uncle (Sam)

August 29, 2007

Google desperately wants to break into China.  Google only finds itself falling behind Baidu, at least relatively.  Instead of trying to make their pile in China they are obsessed with being number one. 

Now Eric Schmidt is angling to get the American government to intervene, calling Chinese net censorship a trade barrier.  Then the plan is for the American government to intervene against Chinese imports.

This is mad for two reasons.  Firstly Google could harm American citizens through their special pleading, and these American citizens – even in these protectionist times – may not appreciate this. 

Secondly countries and societies have a perfect right what they wish to restrict.  Google doesn’t like gambling and gun sites, which is commendable.  Almost no country will allow certain types of explicit images – and prosecute people to the ends of the earth for offering or even viewing these.  The American government stops free speech with British gambling sites.

China is no different.  More repressive, yes.  But national sovereignty means that things such as net censorship are rightly the matter of the governments.

Baidu Launches Video Advertising

August 27, 2007

Following Google’s launch of advertising on YouTube, Baidu is adding video advertising to its portfolio.

Google Bleed Cash in bid to catch up with Baidu

August 16, 2007

Google are going to go into China with cheque book open, and buying a couple of unannounced companies.  (Thanks to the Multilingual search blog for pointing this out).

Chinese internet advertising up 32% year on year

August 15, 2007

Analysys International claim that the Chinese internet advertising market is still growing at a breakneck speed.  (The figures that are quoted seem to be typos.

More on Yahoo’s trouble in China

August 13, 2007

Of all papers the Taipei Times has an editorial about the Shi Tao case.