The Chinese government is taking another stab at the domestic search market with a new service called “ChinaSo.”ChinaSo was formed by merging two already-failed search engines: Jike, launched three years ago by state-run newspaper/propaganda pusher The People’s Daily; and Panguso, launched by fellow state-run media outlet Xinhua. Neither of those sites is believed to have ever garnered more than a 0.4 percent market share… so, yeah.People trying to access Jike and Panguso are being rerouted to a beta version of ChinaSo. The home page has multicolored lettering and looks more than a little like Google.China’s search market currently is controlled by Baidu, which boasts a 60 percent share, followed by Qihoo 360 (25 percent).Early predictions suggest that The People’s Daily deputy editor-in-chief will be the search engine’s president, and that Xinhua’s VP will act as CEO.[Source: South China Morning Post; Global Times via The Register] Apple is bolstering its workforce — and draining others’ — by hiring hundreds of new engineers and supply chain managers in China and Taiwan.The engineers reportedly are being plucked from rival smartphone maker HTC and other Taiwan-based tech firms in an effort to speed up product development and launch a broader range of devices.Apple already… Read full this story
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