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Top Chinese browser Qihoo ditches Google for own brand search engine

China's most popular Web browser Qihoo has replaced Google with its own newly launched search engine as default choice. The firm said the move was prompted by a decline in Google's customer service declined since its exit from China in 2010. The new search engine, called, was launched last week. The service replaced Google as the default search engine on Qihoo 360's portal, which will radically alter the existing structure of Chinese online search engine industry.

23/08/2012  |  Full story...

Chinese internet market - search engine Baidu toughens stance on corruption

In the Chinese internet market, the search engine Baidu dominates traffic generation to websites. This week it announced that four of its staff have been dismissed following corruption allegations that posts were deleted on its websites in exchange for personal payments. With three of the staff subsequently arrested by Chinese police, it shows the importance Baidu has achieved in the Chinese internet market.

09/08/2012  |  Full story...

Pakistan restores Twitter after weekend ban

Pakistan has restored access to Twitter after briefly blocking the microblog over the weekend, due to “blasphemous” posts about a Facebook competition involving caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. The website was blocked Sunday by the telecoms authority on the orders of the IT ministry amid accusations it refused to remove messages about the Facebook contest.

21/05/2012  |  Full story...

Facebook to return to China? Zuckerberg’s Asian trip sparks rumours

Mark Zuckerberg has been spotted in Shanghai this week, sparking rumours that Facebook could be eyeing a return to the lucrative Chinese market after being blocked three years ago. Facebook now has at least 845 million users around the world, but has been banned in mainland China since 2009.

30/03/2012  |  Full story...

Video Interview: Twitter CEO on Google, censorship, elections and IPOs

This week saw US technology blog All Things Digital interview Twitter CEO Dick Costolo. In this video, the chief of the micro-blogging site talks candidly on the recent spat with Google over social search, its role in the upcoming US election, potential IPOs and its controversial new country-specific filtering tools.

08/02/2012  |  Full story...

Google and Facebook forced to censor content in India

Google and Facebook have removed content from some Indian domain websites this week, following a court directive warning them of a crackdown “like China” if they did not take steps to protect religious sensibilities. The two internet giants are among 21 companies asked to develop a feature to block objectionable material after a private petitioner took them to court over images deemed offensive to Hindus, Muslims and Christians.

07/02/2012  |  Full story...

China: Micro-blogging craze pushes web audience over half billion mark

The number of internet users in China has surged past half a billion and online citizenship continues to grow fast, according to latest figures. The China Internet Network Information Center report also shows the use of social media sites – Twitter equivalents called weibo – has greatly expanded among the country's 513 million web users. The number of microbloggers expressing themselves in the relative privacy of cyberspace has exploded – quadrupling from 63 million in 2010 to just over 250 million in 2011, or half the entire internet population, the figures show.

18/01/2012  |  Full story...

Yahoo under fire from own Chinese affiliate network after cyber attack claim

Yahoo has claimed to become another victim of cyber–attacks in China, losing support from its own affiliate network Alibaba in the process. Last week Google issued a surprise challenge to the government in Beijing, threatening to pull out of China, after it suffered sophisticated cyber attacks on its network.Now its US rival, Yahoo, has been pulled into the dispute. Yahoo said that like Google, it too, had been a target of similar attacks in China.

Yahoo said it supported Google's position that the cyber attacks were deeply disturbing, and that violation of internet privacy should be opposed. But Yahoo's decision to support Google prompted its own partner in China, Alibaba, in which Yahoo owns a 40% stake, to call the move "reckless".



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