bill - 12:52 am on Aug 22, 2012 (gmt 0)
Qihoo's 360 Search Engine Launches, Already Spotted Using Dirty Tricks [my.news.yahoo.com]
The Chinese anti-virus company Qihoo 360 launched its own search engine, so.360.cn [so.360.cn], late last week. But already 360 Search is in trouble, accused of engaging in dirty tricks to get users to visit the company's other sites.
It works like this: anyone who searches for " Google " in Chinese - on either the 360 Search page, or on Qihoo’s hao.360.cn portal (sort of like an early AOL links collection) - gets pushed to a Qihoo downloads portal to get Google Chrome in the second search result. Though the correct site is listed first, you can see in the above image that the somewhat inaccurate and self-serving search result is much larger and accompanied by an image.