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Baidu, China Telecom remove Bitcoin following Chinese bank prohibition

Baidu, China Telecom remove Bitcoin following Chinese bank prohibition

The so-called "Google of China", Baidu, has stopped accepting Bitcoin as payment on any of its online properties -- as has China Telecom. This near-synchronous cessation of payment transactions for the two companies in the digital currency, many believe, exacerbated the recent sudden downturn of Bitcoin's long and unprecedented rise in value. The USD Bitcoin value currently stands at $679.43 according to CoinDesk, down from $1,147 just before the People's Bank of China all but outlawed the payment option for banks.

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Baidu Eye revealed as China’s Google takes on Glass

Baidu Eye revealed as China’s Google takes on Glass

Google's Glass wearable could get some Chinese competition, it's reported, with Baidu developing a head-mounted "Baidu Eye" system of its own. The headset would launch Baidu's open wearables program, Sina Tech claims, with the Chinese search company licensing out the technology to hardware manufacturers while it provides the software and cloud services. According to reports, Baidu is targeting functionality that includes face-recognition, photography, phone calls and more.

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Baidu Mobile Browser launches

Baidu Mobile Browser launches

In China, the biggest search engine on the block isn't Google; it's Baidu. Baidu has announced the launch of a mobile browser to compete with UCWeb, Google, and Apple within the country. Mobile browsers are important within China because a huge number of people access the Internet on mobile devices.

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Baidu employees arrested over forum post deletions

Baidu employees arrested over forum post deletions

It’s easy to think that Google is the world’s dominant search engine, but in China the majority of online searches are made using Baidu. The company has found itself in some hot water, however, after it has been discovered that four employees deleted posts from its forum service after accepting bribes. All four employees have since been fired, and three have been arrested by Chinese police, although it’s not clear exactly what the employees were deleting.

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Baidu to share revenue with Apple for iOS deal

Baidu to share revenue with Apple for iOS deal

Apple recently confirmed that it will be offering Baidu as an additional search engine option for iOS users in China, while Google will remain the default. In an interview with Bloomberg, Baidu's vice president Wang Jing said that as part of the deal, it will be sharing its advertising revenue with Apple, although he did not reveal the specific commercial terms.

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Apple may replace Google with Baidu for Chinese iOS

Apple may replace Google with Baidu for Chinese iOS

New sources from Bloomberg are confirming rumors that Apple may be replacing Google with Baidu for the Chinese version of iOS. The sources say that the announcement could come as soon as next week, when Apple will be hosting its annual WWDC event. The move adds to the notion that Apple is trying to reduce its dependence on Google products, following reports that Apple may replace Google Maps with its own in-house mapping service.

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Baidu Cloud set to launch next week

Baidu Cloud set to launch next week

Android and iOS may be seeing massive success in Europe and the United States, but Baidu is poised to compete against both in China. The search based company is planning to launch a new version of its operating system, Baidu Cloud, which will feature cloud-based products such as storage. Executives at Baidu have told Reuters that the company is in talks with “global” partners.

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