Digitimes-Baidu to Launch New Online Shopping Mall, Says Report

Baidu, the largest China-based web portal, will launch Baidu Mall, an online shopping and O2O (online to offline) platform, for the local market in May, according to a China-based media report citing sources familiar with Baidu’s plans. The sources noted that Baidu has already started recruiting vendors to join the platform and these vendors will be able to start listing their products...

Korean Tourism Agency Partners With China’s Baidu to Use Big Data on Travelers

South Korea’s state-run tourism agency said Wednesday it will work with Chinese Internet giant Baidu Inc. to use its mobile search traffic data on travel to attract more visitors from China. The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) and Baidu signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly collect and analyze big data derived from China’s No. 1 search engine to more accurately gauge market trends...

Baidu Acquires 99Bill to Expand Online Finance

There were 1.277 billion subscribers of mobile communication services in China as of the end of October 2014, growing 0.32% on month and 5.01% on year. Of the subscribers, 481.58 million (37.72%) were 3G users and 874.13 million (68.47%) were mobile Internet-access users, according to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). The number of subscribers at the end of October...

Baidu Acquires Brazil’s Largest Group Buying Website

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Chinese search giant Baidu has acquired group buying firm Peixe Urbano for an undisclosed sum as part of a strategy to widen its footprint in Brazil. Peixe Urbano was launched in 2009 as a Brazilian equivalent of Groupon. It experienced rapid growth until a decline in the group buying model prompted a major retrenchment in 2012. Despite its recent woes, Peixe Urbano refocused its business model from...

Baidu Speeds up Online Commerce

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After its release of a new offline-to-online toolkit named Zhida (Baidu Connect) on Sept 3 at its annual Baidu World event, Baidu’s US Research and Development Center followed up by hosting its 2014 Summer Tech Day on Tuesday in Sunnyvale, California. Like Google’s annual I/O, the annual event of China’s largest search engine is considered a barometer for its new product direction....