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China's top search engine Baidu.com Inc said it plans to launch an instant messaging service, called "Baidu Hi."
Baidu Plans To Launch Instant Messaging Service "Baidu Hi" [uk.reuters.com]
[edited by: bill at 1:43 am (utc) on Mar. 1, 2008]
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Baidu says 'Hi' with IM testing [chinadaily.com.cn]
Baidu said on Friday in a press release it has started internal tests of its IM product "Baidu Hi", which only Baidu employees who have submitted applications through internal networks can get approval to download.
A Baidu spokesperson said the company does not have a schedule for launching its IM service.
Tencent, a Shenzhen-based company that runs the QQ platform holds about 80 percent of China's IM industry.
You are correct that QQ is the app of Choice indeed, in fact there are MORE QQ accounts than Internet users in China.
Interesting move by Baidu, after all Google did do the same with Gchat right, everyone did have MSN :)
Let''s wait and see