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Taobao launches Chinese search engine [media.asia]
Taobao has rolled out its long-awaited product-search engine, and is set to enter the mobile search market through an agreement with Lenovo.
Alibaba Group's auction site Taobao has long been rumoured to be developing its own search engine. The site has been launched at search.taobao.com [search.taobao.com] and allows users to search for products available on Taobao.
According to local reports, the search site will include only organic searches with no bid-ranked positions. The company further suggested Taobao internally developed the technology for the engine, with some reports claiming insiders had denied it uses programming from Google and Yahoo.
Taobao is also thought to be linking with Lenovo to pre-install its search-application technology onto 300,000 handsets. Taobao has not commented on the deal.