Friday, December 08, 2006

baidu it

Do you know baidu? I didn't, until today -- it's the leading Chinese language search engine -- and #4 in terms of global traffic (just after Google and right before MySpace) according to

In keeping with the Chinese fondness for piracy, the interface is entirely Google-esque -- but it's not -- or is it?

(Anybody know?)

When I went looking to try to figure it out I found an article that implies there's no connection to the site that it emulates. The article also served up this tidbit:

In China, the Baidu logo, a dog's paw print, trades on a common local mispronunciation of the word 'Google' – which makes it sound similar to the Chinese for 'dog'.

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