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China's Baidu plans R&D centres in Shanghai, Tokyo [reuters.com]
China's top Web search firm Baidu.com Inc plans to launch a research and development centre in Shanghai as early as this year, an industry source said on Wednesday, as it seeks to fend off rival Google in the world's second-largest Web market.
Baidu -- which is ramping up a fledgling Japanese service and investing $15 million in Asia's largest economy -- is also preparing to launch an R&D centre in Tokyo after the Shanghai centre, said the source, who was briefed on the plan.
I would like the think that Baidu are going to do a good job in Japan. All of the native Japanese efforts at search died in the face of Google and Yahoo. There's a government effort in Japan to make a search engine comparable to the commercial giants, but to date its vaporware. It's refreshing to see a local SE grow to such prominence.
What do you think makes Baidu so competitive in the double byte market?