Bytedance has launched a standalone search engine app, further challenging Baidu’s dominance in China’s online search market.

Why it matters: Bytedance, which owns video-sharing apps TikTok and Douyin, is increasingly positioning itself as a direct rival to Baidu.

  • Beijing-based Bytedance is expanding beyond its core businesses in news aggregation and short video into e-commerce, gaming, and search.
  • Toutiao Search, previously just the search function contained within Bytedance’s news aggregator Jinri Toutiao, is now a standalone app which yields results from the company’s short video apps Douyin and Xigua, as well as general content from around the internet.
  • China’s internet users are becoming increasingly accustomed to in-app search engines. Tencent launched a search function for its mega instant messaging app WeChat, allowing users to search for official account articles and content from the wider internet.

Details: Bytedance has released the Toutiao Search app on major Chinese Android app stores including Wandoujia, the Xiaomi App Store, and Huawei’s App Gallery.

  • The app is not presently available on Apple’s App Store in China.
  • The product was first released on Feb. 20, based on information from the Android app stores.
  • Users can search for items in categories such as articles, news, short videos, and pictures. Its results include mini programs that address simple user inquiries such as trash-sorting guidance and currency exchange calculations.

Context: Bytedance in August introduced the in-app search function for Jinri Toutiao. The product was not seen at the time as a direct rival to Baidu’s offering because it was not a dedicated search engine.

  • The company has been using the in-app search as a shortcut to building a Baidu rival as its apps have already amassed 1.5 billion monthly active users as of July.
  • The eight-year-old company is reported to have been taking increasing ad revenue share from China’s top tech firms including Baidu, Tencent, and Alibaba.

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Source: This article was Published technode.com By TIANYU FANG - Contributed by Member: Corey Parker

Since Google Search’s exit from China in 2010, homegrown tech giant Baidu has absorbed most of the Chinese search engine market, dominating over 70% of its market share. With rumors that Google is making a return and a state media commentary welcoming its re-entry, Baidu’s CEO Robin Li appears confident about defeating its past rival again; “If Google decides to return to China, we will fight and beat them again,” Li said in a WeChat post.

Many – including the 86% of participants in an internet poll who indicated their preference for Google over Baidu – would encourage Li to reconsider his statement. Even when the two search engines are subject to the same level of control, one could propose a handful of reasons to choose Google Search over Baidu: the Chinese tech giant’s innumerable copyright infringements, blatant disregard for user privacy, and equivocal ethical standards have constantly put it on the spotlight of public outcry.

Be that as it may, it is likely that Google will not beat Baidu in the search engine sector if it returns. Prior to Google’s exit in 2010, Baidu had a significantly larger market share than did its American rival. In China, user acquisition follows a different set of rules than the US, making the turf war between Google and Baidu not a competition between product qualities, but localized marketing strategies.

Long before $99 Xiaomi smartphones became ubiquitous nationwide, China’s internet industry heavily relied upon internet cafés, where many Chinese consumers from lower-tier cities first accessed the internet. The company paid internet café franchises to switch the default homepage of their browsers to Baidu, whereby increasing its visibilities and successfully reached China’s new internet users, as Quartz’s Josh Horwitz concluded.

What accompanied this marketing strategy was the success of Hao123.com, an online listings portal owned by Baidu with a search bar that redirects users to Baidu’s search results. While Google subsequently launched a similar service known as 265.com, Hao123.com’s expansion was way more “aggressive” – it was constantly accused of unauthorized hijackings of browser homepages, and many considered it malware. In fact, if one entered “Hao123” into Baidu’s search bar, “how to remove hao123” would appear in the dropdown list.

Google did not follow Baidu’s path to success for two reasons. First, the company had made little effort building its visibility in less developed regions. At the time when Baidu had built a sizable sales team of four thousand marketers, Google’s China branch had only a few hundred employees, primarily operated through third-party partnerships, and did not even build its own marketing team.

The second was the significant discrepancy between Baidu’s ethical standards and Google’s. The latter is known for its Code of Conduct – the noble motto “don’t be evil” being the most often quoted line – which heavily influenced the corporation’s decision-making. In 2008, the scene in China would be better characterized as “when Baidu went low, Google went high.” As China’s internet industry was back then largely ruled by the law of the jungle, Baidu chose to acquire users by taking advantage of gray areas in China’s legal system, such as offering illegal mp3 downloads.

Eight years later, many of these principles still hold true: as a significant part of its penetration strategy, Baidu expends more than 10% of its yearly revenue on mobile carriers and smartphone manufacturers, which in turn pre-install Baidu’s mobile apps on brand-new Android phones. An inattentive user intending to load one Baidu tool on a Windows laptop but forgets to unselect a hidden box in the corner may end up having five Baidu apps installed and default browser changed.

Baidu has seen its fair share of backlashes, but Chinese users have always had other alternatives, such as the Tencent-backed Sogou, the runner-up in China’s search engine market and a version of Bing has been operating in China for years. There is little chance that Google’s return will change the established scene in China’s search engine sector, although Google might have a better shot in more technically specialized areas: artificial intelligence, news aggregation, autonomous driving, and of course, advertising.

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We all have the concept that Google is the best and topmost search engine ever. Well, this is true as hell, it is and it is going to be the best in the coming time.But there are also other useful search engines, I will tell you the top 10 best search engines on the internet. If you are a blog writer or an article writer then the SEO optimization and relevant things are crucial for you. There is a large number of other search engines which are used by people nowadays.

Google is effective and no doubt topmost search engine but there are some problems:-

  • The traffic on Google is high, but there are a great competition and race among the users.
  • Google is not the all you have with regard to the search engine’s list.
  • Other search engines are beneficial equally for the users and rank the keywords in the same way.

Why Should you have Knowledge of the Google substitutes?

We are well by the fact that Google has started many new themes and things and have unique features and trade-marks. It is impossible for other search engines or websites to get similar features. Google has the highest organic traffic only due to this specialty.

Google recently has introduced the “Google Knowledge Graph” these things has spread the problem and fury in the other web experts and owners. It seems like Google wants to satisfy the users completely and with one click they can get the all related information within no time.

I will describe this by the example:

To show the answers of other webmasters, Google graph interferes and let it down.

Top 10 Best Search Engines on the Internet 2018

Before describing this, I have to tell you that there are many other search engines which are serving their users daily and get them the best answers quickly.

Here is the list of foremost Search engines:

1.   Google

This is the leading, trending, foremost and indeed nonpareil search engine ever. World over 70 percent of the users used to it. They do not like any other search engine to use.

It has the up-to-date facts and characteristics and all the users get their desired results within no time. It has many other trade-marks like Stock markets, Sport, Images, Calendar, Calculator, and much more which make it the topmost a the best engine of the time.

2. Youtube

You will be surprised to know that it is the 2nd most used search engine of the current time. It has more searches then the sum of all the searches of the Bing, Yahoo, and AOL.

According to a survey, there are total 3 billion searches are made per month. This is the huge traffic than other search engines. Now we can say that the contents which are visual and captive contents attract the users. If you want to initiate the blogging of some content, then I suggest you make a youtube channel. It will be beneficial to you and will drive traffic to your channel and content.

3. Bing

Among the community of the search engines which has attracted the people all over the world. In this community, Bing has a great share and this is the basically most important thing ever.

Bing’s homepage is up-to-date every day with the current situations and trending affairs of the world. It also gives the many and comprehensive answers or replies to the people’s questions and searches like sportings, conversions, and many more things.

4. Yahoo

You can say that Yahoo was a topmost search engine in the past years. Then Google took its place and it is currently also a top list search engine. One of the best features of Yahoo is its homepage or the home screen which looks like or seems to be a complete news updater. It updates the users with the everyday news, native happenings, regional happenings, national happenings, and international happenings. This is the best thing that fascinates the people.

The other important trade-mark of the Yahoo is its Yahoo answers section, the portion which gives the answers to the people quickly.

5. Ask.com

Its genuine name is Ask Jeeves, and the leading site still now in the USA. It has a share of 3 percent in the search engine market. Many people still use it for searching purposes. But the thing that takes it down is its low-quality replies service which becomes unable to satisfy the users.

6. Baidu

We think that Google is the leading search engine in the world but you are wrong here in China most of the people use this search engine. This has the market share of 70 percent in the search engine community. It is at no. 4 rank in the Alexa and No. 1 site in China.

According to a research report, it is at the no. 2 among the total net search engine ad revenue and has a revenue of 7.18 Billion.

7. Aol

This is the trending search platform in the USA and has a market share of 0.15 percent in the whole market community.

8. Yandex

It is the search engine like the Baidu but it I the Russian based search engine. It is the leading search engine in Russia and many regions of Europe. It contributes to the 55-65 percent in the Russian market search engine community.

9. DuckDuckGo

It is something more clean interface than that of Google. One more precious thing about it that it does not interfere with your browsing histories or the activities. If you are searching for this search engine you have no need to get onto another search engine.

10. WayBack Machine

This is not only a search engine but also a history search engine. This allows you to find anything in the past on the internet. It has the collection of more than 480 billion pages or sections.

This is the best site for the SEO person. It can help them a lot.


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Source: This article was published ebizmba.com - Contributed by Member:Dorothy Allen

Here are the top 15 Most Popular Search Engines as derived from our eBizMBA Rank which is a continually updated average of each website's U.S. Traffic Rank from Quantcast and Global Traffic Rank from both Alexa and SimilarWeb."*#*" Denotes an estimate for sites with limited data.

 Google1 | Google

1 - eBizMBA Rank | 1,800,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1 - Quantcast Rank | 1 - Alexa Rank | 1 - SimilarWeb Rank | Last Updated: May 1, 2018.

bing2 | Bing
33 - eBizMBA Rank | 500,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 8 - Quantcast Rank | 40 - Alexa Rank | 43 - SimilarWeb Rank | Last Updated: May 1, 2018.

search.yahoo3 | Yahoo! Search
43 - eBizMBA Rank | 490,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 8 - Quantcast Rank | *56* - Alexa Rank | *67* - SimilarWeb Rank | Last Updated: May 1, 2018.

baidu4 | Baidu
54 - eBizMBA Rank | 480,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | *150* - Quantcast Rank | 4- Alexa Rank | 9 - SimilarWeb Rank | Last Updated: May 1, 2018.

ask5 | Ask
205 - eBizMBA Rank | 300,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 329 - Quantcast Rank | 110 - Alexa Rank | 177 - SimilarWeb Rank | Last Updated: May 1, 2018.

search.aol6 | Aol Search
273 - eBizMBA Rank | 200,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | *350* - Quantcast Rank | 276 - Alexa Rank | *194* - SimilarWeb Rank | Last Updated: May 1, 2018.

duckduckgo7 | DuckDuckGo
392 - eBizMBA Rank | 150,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 421 - Quantcast Rank | 505 - Alexa Rank | 251 - SimilarWeb Rank | Last Updated: May 1, 2018.

wolframalpha8 | WolframAlpha
1878 - eBizMBA Rank | 35,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1773 - Quantcast Rank | 1817 - Alexa Rank | 2044 - SimilarWeb Rank | Last Updated: May 1, 2018.

yandex9 | Yandex
2190 - eBizMBA Rank | 30,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 3228 - Quantcast Rank | 2120 - Alexa Rank | 1221 - SimilarWeb Rank | Last Updated: May 1, 2018.

webcrawler10 | WebCrawler
2955 - eBizMBA Rank | 25,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1137 - Quantcast Rank | 2289 - Alexa Rank | 5438 - SimilarWeb Rank | Last Updated: May 1, 2018.

search11 | Search
3021 - eBizMBA Rank | 20,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 221 - Quantcast Rank | 4513 - Alexa Rank | 4330 - SimilarWeb Rank | Last Updated: May 1, 2018.

dogpile12 | dogpile
4053 - eBizMBA Rank | 12,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 3075 - Quantcast Rank | 4604 - Alexa Rank | 4479 - SimilarWeb Rank | Last Updated: May 1, 2018.

ixquick13 | ixquick
4415 - eBizMBA Rank | 11,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 5563 - Quantcast Rank | 4590 - Alexa Rank | 3091 - SimilarWeb Rank | Last Updated: May 1, 2018.

excite14 | excite
6873 - eBizMBA Rank | 8,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | *6900* - Quantcast Rank | 6782 - Alexa Rank | 6938 - SimilarWeb Rank | Last Updated: May 1, 2018.

info15 | Info
7172 - eBizMBA Rank | 7,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 3938 - Quantcast Rank | 7566 - Alexa Rank | 10013 - SimilarWeb Rank | Last Updated: May 1, 2018.

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Internet company uses technology to find potentially spurious information then turns to government agencies for verification, its president says

China’s biggest search engine, Baidu, checks out 3 billion claims of fake news every year and works closely with government agencies to tackle an issue it calls a global challenge.

The spread of rumours and false information is a problem faced by companies around the world that requires technology and cooperation with external organisations to fix, President Zhang Yaqin told Bloomberg Television. 

Baidu, one of the country’s three largest internet players, employs technology to spot potentially spurious information before turning to local agencies such as the cyberspace administration to verify items, he said.

Pressure is building on social media services from Google to Twitter to try and curb the proliferation of fake news and targeted ads that critics say have an outsized effect on public discourse and elections.

Facebook’s chief security officer, Alex Stamos, said last week it was very difficult to spot fake news and propaganda using computer programs, a view echoed by former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer.

Companies in China, where freedom of speech is heavily curtailed by censorship programs, have long used a mix of advanced technologies and human cybercops to police the internet and suppress opinions deemed to threaten social harmony.

“Every year we see somewhere around 3 billion claims, requests that we need to verify that might turn out to be fake news,” he said. “We’re using a combination of technology and content authorisation to minimise the fake news.

“We have an obligation to make sure the user gets good content, but it continues to be a challenge for us, for other companies in China, and companies in the US,” he added.

Zhang also said the company was expanding its artificial intelligence labs in America and would likely attempt to acquire more companies there as it prepares to put driverless cars on Chinese streets from 2018.

“We will probably see cars as early as next year,” he said. “In three to five years you will see some of the cars on the street as commercial vehicles.”

Source: This article was published scmp.com

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Baidu Inc.'s equity investors have been mighty patient in awaiting a turnaround at the Chinese search engine. Debt holders not so much.

That makes now a particularly unfortunate time to tap credit markets, as Baidu is doing this week, but a good chance for bond investors to reassess how they view its prospects.

With quite a few peaks and troughs along the way, Baidu's shares have eked out a 14 percent return over the past year. That's probably more than the company deserved given three declines in net income out of four quarters.

Search for Return
A 14 percent gain in Baidu's shares contrasts with a string of net income drops, and 
Alibaba's continued rise
Source: Bloomberg

Its debt, on the other hand, has continued to suffer. While Baidu's 10-year bonds due June 2025 have moved sideways over the past 12 months, more telling is the spread against peer Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. For a long time, notes of Baidu and Alibaba tracked each other, but that's changed sharply.

Baidu and Alibaba debt moved largely in lockstep until earlier this quarter when they started to decouple
Source: Bloomberg

From trading 8.5 basis points below Alibaba's debt due 2024, Baidu's bonds were at 30.2 basis points above on Tuesday. And it's not just Alibaba: A similar spread can be seen against fellow BAT trio member Tencent Holdings Ltd. 


The gap was already starting to widen by the time Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings put Baidu's debt on negative watch in May. Both cited concerns over Baidu's fully owned Financial Services Group, which has joined the fray in operating wealth-management and micro-lending businesses. In an interview almost two years ago, president Zhang Ya-qin told me that Baidu has an advantage because it collates reams of user data to map creditworthiness. A similar story is being told by Alibaba and other competitors.

But big data can't hide the fact that Baidu's secured borrowing tripled in the past year, pushing short-term liabilities up 46 percent. That's because, as the company stated, "the transactions of Baidu Wealth Management do not constitute a sale of the underlying securities for accounting purposes. We account for these transactions as secured borrowings."alert.png



There is an offset to this in trading securities under short-term investments, but the fact that 12 percent of total assets, as Moody's calculates, sit in Baidu's new financial services business has raised concern at the ratings company. And presumably among debt traders, too.

Yet if we're generous to Baidu and view worries about the financial services business as noise, the company's core business of search and future prospects in artificial intelligence make it possible to be a little more positive.

Bloomberg's credit risk model puts Baidu at IG6, in the middle of the investment grade category. By adjusting parameters in that model -- which include debt, interest expenses, adjusted cash flow from operations, and share price -- we see that Baidu's default risk is currently quite robust.

It's important to note that China's declining currency has had an outsized impact on Baidu's cashflow, given that the company generates revenue in yuan and services most of its debt in dollars. In yuan terms, cashflow from operations looks more solid while revenue has stabilized.

Forex Risk
forex risk
A decline in the yuan has impacted Baidu's cashflow
Source: Bloomberg
As Baidu's bankers hit the phones to sell this new debt offering, it's likely they will paint a picture of the coming boom in AI and driverless cars, tell investors that last year's advertising woes are behind it, and explain that 2017 is a transformational year for the company.

So far, shareholders have believed the story. The pricing of these new notes will tell us if debt investors do, too.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Bloomberg LP and its owners.

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To Chinese search engine operator Baidu, the future is set in stone. The company, dubbed the Google of China, has been investing heavily in artificial intelligence, betting that smart machines will disrupt industry after industry.

Of the 20 billion yuan ($3 billion) Baidu spent in research and development over the past two and a half years, the majority goes to AI, the company’s vice president and head of artificial intelligence group Wang Haifeng told FORBES in a recent interview. In the past quarter alone, R&D expenses went up by another 35% to $412 million from a year ago, according to its latest financial results. Like Google, Baidu wants to use the technology to refine its search algorithms, develop voice assistants, produce self-driving cars and build augmented reality tools that may soon have broader applications in marketing, tourism and healthcare.

To Baidu, however, AI means more than frontier research. The company needs AI-enabled services to be new money spinners, as its core online advertising revenues face mounting pressure from government restrictions in healthcare ads. What’s more, advertisers are flocking to e-commerce and social media platforms such as Tencent’s messaging app WeChat and Alibaba’s Taobao marketplace. According to consultancy eMarketer, Alibaba accounted for 29% of China’s $42 billion digital advertising market in 2016, with Baidu’s share falling to 21% from 28% in 2015.

Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent are collectively known as China's technology trinity BAT. But the company has been slipping in market capitalization after a series of unsuccessful investments in mobile services.Chart by Yue Wang
Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent are collectively known as China's technology trinity BAT. But the company has been slipping in market capitalization after a series of unsuccessful investments in mobile services.

In the past quarter, Baidu’s operating profit declined by 9% to $291 million, after going down 14% last year. Its other diversification efforts have produced mixed results. The company invested billions of dollars in online-to-offline services a few years ago, betting that it would earn healthy commission fees from cinemas, restaurants and other local services using its products to connect to nearby customers. But that plan failed to gain much traction, as the Tencent-backed Meituan Dianping  now holds 80% of this $100 billion market, according to Beijing-based consultancy Analysys International. iQiyi, its online video unit that just inked a streaming partnership with Netflix, remains popular but rising content cost means it is loss-making.

Baidu's profit has been declining since last year.Chart by Yue Wang
Baidu's profit has been declining since last year.

Baidu is banking on AI to make a strong comeback. It has amassed a 1,700-member team comprised of top talents from the world’s best universities and built four research labs in China and Silicon Valley, with the second Silicon Valley lab ready to accommodate 150 scientists, the company announced in March. In January, it hired Lu Qi, a Microsoft veteran who was the architect of the software giant’s AI effort, as its president and chief operating officer. Now Lu oversees Baidu’s AI research.

“Baidu's strategic focus, organization, and resources have shifted increasingly towards AI,” Wang the vice president said.

The company has its advantages. Its online search app boasts 665 million monthly active users, whose search data and behavioral patterns can be harnessed for deep learning, a branch of AI specializing in teaching machines to learn by themselves. And because search encompasses so many different topics, Baidu has more diversified data tranches than other Chinese tech giants, which may allow it to train computers better, said Wang Shengjin, a professor at China’s prestigious Tsinghua University.

And there has been real progress in this area. The company, which claims a 97% accuracy rate in voice recognition and 99.7% rate in facial recognition, has won many international competitions in speech-text interaction with its DuerOS platform, including one where its software was found to type three times faster than humans.

It has also been appointed by China’s National Development and Reform Commission to lead a national AI lab, as Beijing seeks to transform from a manufacturing economy to a growth trajectory driven by advanced technologies.

In perhaps the clearest articulation of Baidu’s ambition, its billionaire founder Robin Li said at last year’s World Internet Conference in Wuzhen that, “The age of the mobile internet is over,” and “Future opportunities lie in artificial intelligence.” In a May 4 internal letter obtained by FORBES, Li went on further to say that he wants Baidu to transform to an AI company from the world’s largest Chinese language search engine operator.

But not everyone is convinced of that prospect. In voice assistants, which is the most commercialized aspect of AI, other tech giants are catching up. Earlier this month, Tencent launched Dingdang, a voice interaction platform that is a direct competitor of Baidu’s DuerOS. DuerOS now counts speaker manufacturer Harman as well as smartphone companies Lenovo, Xiaomi and Vivo among its customers, according to Baidu.

When it comes to autonomous cars, commercialization is still decades away, partly because all relevant players need to collect far more data to perfect their systems, said Yang Qiang, a professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

“Current data collected for autonomous driving isn’t reliable enough,” Yang said. “And we have to figure out how to use those cars. Is it in car-sharing, or logistics, or something else? We have no idea yet.”

That means Baidu’s biggest advantage is still in online search, as it has plenty of related data to write better algorithms , he said. In addition to adding voice and image search functions, Baidu is also using AI to develop personalized news feeds in its mobile search app, which Nomura Securities analyst Shi Jialong estimates will bring 6 billion yuan ($868 million) in revenues in fiscal year 2017.

What’s more, Baidu faces fierce competition for AI talents. After the company’s chief scientist Andrew Ng resigned in March, its director of big data lab Zhang Tong was poached by Tencent. In the same month, Baidu’s senior Vice President Wang Jing resigned to build his own autonomous driving startup.

Baidu’s Wang points to the competition for talent as one of the biggest challenges in the company’s AI push. “AI represents an enormous opportunity – but to seize this opportunity, we need access to the best R&D talents in China and globally,” he said. “There is fierce competition throughout the industry, worldwide, to both find and retain these talents.”

But the commercialization of AI is still at very early stages, and Baidu may still stand out in the end, said HSBC analyst Chi Tsang. At least AI is heading the right direction for them to focus on, and the company has the talent and technology expertise to tap into multi-billion dollar markets such as human-machine interaction and autonomous driving

“Any market where there is tremendous amounts of data and the inability to process data is applicable to AI,” Tsang said. “The building blocks of AI Baidu has can enable them to enter a lot more markets other than advertising.”

Source : This article was published in forbes.com By Yue Wang

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With 700 million internet users in China, the dominant Chinese search operator is banking on its Xiaoyu robot to give it home turf advantage.

Baidu, the operator of China’s dominant online search engine, has unveiled a voice-controlled home robot as the company ramps up its efforts to promote a Chinese version of Amazon Echo or Google Home to the country’s more than 700 million internet users.

Running on Baidu’s artificial intelligence assistant platform DuerOS, the robot – which answers to the name Xiaoyu (小魚), or small fish in English – is said to be able to help Chinese parents better take care of their children amid a busy work schedule.

“Home is an important field for Baidu to put artificial intelligence technology in people’s everyday life,” said Lu Qi, Baidu’s chief operating officer and a top level AI expert.

Compared with Amazon Echo or Google Home, which use speech recognition to control various home devices, Xiaoyu’s family interaction-centred feature is likely to have a bigger globalisation potential, said Lu, who joined Baidu earlier this year from Microsoft to steer the company’s transition from a mobile-focused to an AI-focused firm.

With video chat and streaming capabilities, the robot can be remotely controlled by parents to sing a song or teach English to their children, a feature that is designed to fit the demands of urban Chinese families.

With a price tag of 3,299 yuan (US$478), Xiaoyu is Baidu’s first major step into the smart home market and the latest effort by the Beijing-based company to commercialise AI, a technology Baidu founder Robin Li Yanhong has bet big on to revive growth.

Baidu, known as China’s Google, is entering a critical year after revenues grew at their slowest pace in 2016 due to tighter government regulations of online advertisements and fierce competition from local rivals such as Tencent Holdings and Alibaba Group. Alibaba owns the South China Morning Post.

On Friday the Nasdaq-listed company posted its first rise in revenue in three quarters, indicating early signs of business recovery. Its first quarter revenue in 2017 rose 6.8 per cent year on year to 16.9 billion yuan (US$2.45 billion).

However, projected revenue in the second quarter is between 20.47 billion yuan and 20.98 billion yuan, failing short of analysts’ estimates of 20.94 billion yuan, triggering a decline in its shares by as much as 6.3 per cent in extended trading after closing at US$187.86 in New York on Thursday.

“We remain cautious on Baidu. There is some modest improvement in advertising revenue but costs are rising for online video. The company’s focus remains monetisation of AI and machine learning but this will take some time and the departure of Andrew Ng isn’t a sign that things are moving quickly,” said Kirk Boodry, an analyst with New Street Research, which has a “neutral” recommendation on the stock.

Baidu focuses on AI as founder Robin Li hires new management team

Robin Li emphasised in the conference call following the financial results that the investment in AI is a long-term proposition with dividends that will be paid over the medium to long-term.

The company has already applied AI in its existing products, including search and financial services. For example, the technology has been used to optimise its search results and intelligently match users with the right financial products and assess credit risks.

Baidu also announced that Jennifer Li intends to step down as the company’s chief financial officer, a position she has served for nine years, in order to take on the role of chief executive of Baidu Capital, an investment firm.

She will contribute to “building Baidu’s ecosystem, which is crucial in bringing AI to real world applications”, the company said at the same time as releasing its first quarter financial performance.

This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as:
Baidu offers home robot in shift to AI-focused firm
This article was  published on scmp.com by Meng Jing
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Search Engines is a web based computer program that find pdf documents, Images, Videos and HTML pages for specified keyword and returns the high quality results of any webpage containing those keywords. Web engines crawled and indexed the billions of web pages (including Images, Videos, PDF documents much more) and show the results depending upon their importance. World most popular engine is Google end of 2016 62+ billion pages indexed by Google. Top 5 safe free search engines is Google, Bing, Yahoo, Ask.com, AOL.

1 Google.com    Alexa rank = 1   Similarweb rank = 1

Google.comGoogle.com was developed by Sergey Brin and Larry Page in September 1998. 67.47% search market control by google inc. Company provide thousand of products and services like email, Google+, Google Search, Google Drive, Chrome, Youtube, Blogger, Android. Pagerank and link building is most popular algorithm provided by Google. The company reported 96% revenue was derived from its advertising programs. Using Google you can search images, videos, news, maps. Over 1.1+ billion WorldWide unique visitors use this website and over 55,976 employees work in this company. In 2005 google develop a desktop and mobile mapping service. It offering street maps, satellite imagery. Company CEO = Sundar Pichai. Company revenue US $68.83 billion in 2015. Net Income US $16.889 billion. Company total equity = $108.34 billion. Total employees = 59,976 (Q3 2016).

2 Bing.com    Alexa rank = 28   Similarweb rank = 52

Bing.comBing.com developed by microsoft in June 2009. Bing offering three column display format first column for traditional search results, second column shows structured data and in third column data shows provides from twitter and facebook. Bing offer some additional features such as interface, media, local info, integration with hotmail, integration with facebook, integration with apple, integration with window8. Bing entertainment service allow visitors to View Movies,    Tv shows,   Music  and Games. Bing finance and local services provide complete information about stock market and local business details and reviews. The images and videos search algorithm enable users to quickly search most relevant photographs and videos. Bing e-commerce market features enable users to find hotels, flight tickets and online products. 54.6 million USA unique visitors use this website.

3 Yahoo.com    Alexa rank = 6   Site URL = http://www.yahoo.com

Yahoo.comYahoo is a web-portal developed by David Filo and Jerry Yang in 1994. According to comscore 196 million US visitors use yahoo. Yahoo provides Sports information, news, Music, Videos, finance, messenger, mail, maps. Yahoo offer communication services like messenger and mail, yahoo mail service offer 10Gb storage. the company offer some social networking services like flickr, yahoo buzz, yahoo personals. End of 2010 yahoo offers mobile services like mobile blogging and messaging. Yahoo support the e-commerce market and small businesses. Company CEO Marissa Mayer and chairman Maynard webb. with yahoo service you can access more than one services such as mail, finance, world news, image hosting and watch movies cricket online. Company revenue = US $1.69 billion | Total assets = US $16.80 billion | Total employees = 14,453.

4 Baidu.com    Alexa rank = 4   Site URL = http://www.baidu.com

Baidu.comBaidu was founded by Robin Li and Eric Xu in january 2000. It indexed over 81 million images, 13 million audio and video files, 751 million webpages. It is 5th popular web crawler in the world and No 1 in the China. Baidu company provide several services such as - baidu cloud is most powerful cloud based service it offer 3 TB free online storage. Baidu post bar is another online community where users can share knowledge and ideas. Baidu image and video search services offer millions of multimedia files. Baidu offer social networking service users can post images, blogs, videos through this service.

5 Yandex.com    Alexa rank = 1,257   Site URL = http://www.yandex.com

Yandex.comYandex.com russian based engine developed by Arkady Vlozh and Llya Segalovich. According comscore 56 million users from all over the world use Yandex. Company revenue = $39.4 billion | Operating income = $13.3 billion | Net income = $13.6 billion | Total assets = $34 billion | Total equity = $28.89 billion | Total employees = 5,432.

6 Ask.com    Alexa rank = 106   Site URL = http://www.ask.com

Ask.comThe Ask was founded by David Warthen and Garrett Gruener in 1995. Ask is a most popular question answering site, later it add image and video search facility. Ask browser toolbar can appear as extra bar added to the any type of browser window. According quantcast 33 million US users use this site.

7 AOL.com    Alexa rank = 243   Site URL = http://www.AOL.com

Search.AOL.comAOL is a mass media corporation founded by Steve Case, Marc Seriff, Jim Kimsey. This company invest in many websites. AOL major acquisitions Techcrunch, Engadget, MapQuest, The Huffington post. AOL search facility powered by google inc. AOl also offer News, Lifestyle, Sports, Finance, Entertainment services. Company revenue = $2.19 billion | Net Income = $1.059 billion | Total assets = $2.799 billion | Total employees = 5,987.

8 DuckDuckgo   Alexa rank = 609   Site URL = http://www.duckduckgo.com

DuckDuckgo.comDuckDuckGo was founded by Gabriel Weinberg in september 2008. This website uses data from Wikipedia, Bing, Yahoo, Yendex. It puts privacy first and does't log user information and does not store IP addresses.

9 Sogou.com    Alexa rank = 58   Site URL = http://www.sogou.com

Soso.com is a web based chinese web crawler later this company owned by Tencent inc. So soso discontinued services and now redirects to Sogou.com.

10 Webcrawler  Alexa rank = 2,486   Site URL = http://webcrawler.com

Webcrawler.comWebcrawler.com was founded by Brian Pinkerton in april 1994. It was first fully indexed secure meta engine, that fetched the good results from Yahoo! inc, Google, Bing search, About.com, Ask.com and some others. Webcrawler offering all type of results like multimedia (including videos, images, local business information and news). Webcrawler show advertising results at the top and bottom of the page, and all organic results showing in middle of the page.

11 Wow.com    Alexa rank = 2,104   Site URL = http://www.wow.com

Wow.comWOW.com powered by Google, it provide quick link for most popular websites in the world. According quantcast 5.5 million US unique visitors use wow to find awesome stuff. WOW.com was developed by AOL company. This engine search images based on high quality pixel and its width, height and formats.

12 Info.com    Alexa rank = 8,574   Site URL = http://www.info.com

Info.comInfo.com is an image, video, news and html page finder and fetched results from Google, Open Directory, Yahoo and Bing, Ask. Info.com offers a meta engine that allows you to search multiple leading sources at once, returning more comprehensive and relevant results fast. Info provide some plugins for Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome. Using it users can easily access millions of images, videos, employment opportunities. Info.com online comparison shopping service enables users to compare products, prices and buy products.

13 Infospace    Alexa rank = 14,246   Site URL = http://www.infospace.com

61 million unique visitors use this website. Infospace was founded by Rich Skrenta in 2007. 5 million US visitors use this site it offer downable browser search toolbar. Infospace use the dynamic inference graph algorithm and slashtag filters.

  1. Excite.com Alexa rank  = 8,347   | Quantcast US rank = NA | Compete US rank = NA
  2. Dogpile.com Alexa rank = 6,371  | Quantcast USA rank = 4,161 | Compete US rank = 2,089
  3. Lycos.com Alexa rank = 15,114   | Quantcast US rank = 14,878 | Compete US rank = 15,185
  4. Contenko.com Alexa rank = 132K| Quantcast US rank = 143K | Compete US rank = 123K


Comparison of Best Search Engines

Best Search EnginesCompany namePages indexedAdvertise mentsDaily direct queriesQueries countRunning non free JSSoftware distribution license
Google.com Google Over 63.2 billion Yes Over 413 million Yes No Proprietary
Bing.com Microsoft Over 31.02 billion Yes Unknown Yes No Proprietary
Yahoo Search Yahoo! Over 24.2 billion Yes Unknown Yes No Proprietary
Baidu Search Baidu Over 771 million Yes Unknown Yes No Proprietary
Yandex Search Yandex Over 2.2 billion Yes Unknown Yes No Proprietary
SoSo Tencent Unknown Yes Unknown No No Proprietary
DuckDuckGo DuckDuckGo NA Optional 7.6 million No No Mixed
Gigablast NA Over 1.2 billion No Unknown Yes No Free
Best Search EnginesServer's location(s)Https SupportProxy gateway search links availableIP address trackingBrowser trackingInformation sharingDedicated servers
Google USA Yes Unknown Yes Yes Yes NA
Bing USA/China Yes(SSL blocked in China) Unknown Yes Yes Yes NA
Yahoo search USA Yes Unknown Yes Yes Yes NA
Baidu China & Japan No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown NA
Yandex Russia Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown No NA
SoSo China No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown NA
DuckDuckGo USA Yes Yes No No No NA
Gigablast USA No No No No No NA

List of Search Engines

RankGeneral Search EnginesPopular in...?Alexa rankSimilarweb rankDirect trafficGoogle trafficUS UsersLanguage
1 Google.com US, India, Brazil, UK 1 1 71.78% 11% 181M Multilingual
2 Yahoo.com US, UK, France, India, Taiwan 4 4 64.76% 16.96% 161M Multilingual
3 Baidu.com China 5 10 62.92% 8.1% 1.5M Multilingual
4 Bing.com US, France 25 13 68.87% 4.77% 70M Multilingual
5 Sogou.com China, Taiwan, Hong Kong 165 598 48.89% 32.27% 401K Chinese
6 Duckduckgo US, France, UK, Germany 567 578 93.42% 2.43% 1.8M Multilingual
7 Youdao.com China 623 1,645 61.12% 13.78% 231K Chinese
8 Yandex.com Russia, Turkey, Germany, Ukraine 2,174 1,921 61.12% 13.20% 551K Multilingual
9 Go.com US, Canada, Venezuela, UK 81 115 63.31% 16.89% 52M NA
10 Search.aol US, UK, Germany, China 152 94 68.32% 7.66% 19M English
11 Lycos.com US, UK, Canada, Germany 9,856 13,246 54.54% 22.92% 351K NA
12 Qwant.com France, Germany, Belgium 22,765 10,124 89.78% 7.01% NA NA


RankMetasearch EnginesPopular in...?Alexa rankSimilarweb rankDirect trafficGoogle trafficUS UsersLanguage
1 Webcrawler US, India, Canada, Indonesia 998 985 7.87% 91.22% 4.5M English
2 kayak.com US, Canada, Spain, Israel 567 1,432 34.33% 26.43% 7M Multilingual
3 Excite.com US, Canada, UK, Germany 7,932 8,583 64.12% 11.34% 512K English
4 ixquick.com US, Germany, France, Netherlands 9,897 3,123 87.24% 2.52% 289K Multilingual
5 Info.com US, Canada, India, Malaysia 8,342 11,342 13.24% 87.35% 1M English
6 Zoo.com Germany, Brazil, Mexico, India 32,564 13,478 96.54% 2.66% 37K NA
7 Yippy.com US, UK, France, Canada 127,328 212,976 41.22% 1.23% 25K English

RankJob search EnginesPopular in...?Alexa rankSimilarweb rankDirect trafficGoogle trafficUS Users
1 Indeed.com US, Canada, Australia, Germany 159 212 36.18% 40.56% 18M
2 Naukri.com India, Japan, United Arab Emirates 445 1,311 54.87% 23.78% 120K
3 Glassdoor.com US, India, Canada, UK 513 1,421 34.89% 43.21% 11M
4 Monster.com US, India, Canada, Philippines 877 1,786 37.68% 43.25% 10M
5 Careerbuilder US, Uk, India, Canada, Philippines 1,578 1,896 47.81% 20.19% 6M
6 Jobstreet.com Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore 2,170 2,765 51.86% 6.89% 61K
7 careers.yahoo NA NA NA NA NA NA
8 Incruit.com Korea, Venezuela, Thailand 2,432 3,123 19.45% 67.72% NA
9 Dice.com US, India, Canada, Eritrea 4,231 5,865 48.97% 12.89% 2.2M
10 Adzuna.co.uk UK, US, Ireland, France 18,475 22,345 38.89% 29.64% 145K
11 Eluta.ca Canada, India, France 49,787 57,987 29.89% 51.78% NA
12 Linkup.com US, India, Canada, UK 81,478 84,875 21.98% 50.98% 231K


RankBitTorrent search EnginesAlexa rankSimilarweb rankDirect trafficGoogle trafficUS Users
1 Torrentz.eu 185 484 64.89% 21.32% 2M
2 iSohunt.to 3,432 1,786 25.76% 34.00% 411K
3 Btdigg.org 9,543 6,212 24.87% 17.11% 65K
4 Mininova.org 37,234 18,501 51.77% 14.45% 53K
5 Torrentus.si 92,423 53,674 38.98% 46.81% NA


RankQuestion & AnswerAlexa rankSimilarweb rankDirect trafficGoogle trafficUS Users
1 Ask.com 34 25 89.86% 5.12% 20M
2 Quora.com 151 342 32.87% 57.22% 8M
3 Answers.com 328 289 14.67% 52.01% 25M
4 eHow.com 678 1,511 11.31% 85.79% 16M
5 Wikihow.com 189 432 9.87% 90.71% 8M
6 Answers.yahoo NA   45.12 9.87 NA

RankMaps Search enginesAlexa rankSimilarweb rankDirect trafficGoogle trafficUS Users
1 Bing maps 987 1023 56.23 7.23 NA
2 Google Maps 234 342 67.34 26.45 NA
3 Mapquest.com 964 958 47.51% 46.72% 16M
4 Wikimapia.org 2,432 1,121 24.22% 71.44% 461K
5 Here.com 2,618 1,751 25.21% 18.63% 1M
6 Openstreetmap.org 5,897 3,375 43.43% 33.67% 342K


RankNews Search enginesAlexa rankSimilarweb rankDirect trafficGoogle trafficUS Users
1 News.Google.com 105 115 53.37 0.95 189M
2 Bing.com/news 212 342 59.67 9.56 NA
3 Topix.com 989 1,378 27.12% 36.61% 4.1M
4 news.Yahoo.com 134 167 49.34 3.23 178M
5 Newslookup.com 243,956 447,432 12.21 84.13 453K


RankReal estate/ property Search enginesAlexa rankSimilarweb rankDirect trafficGoogle trafficUS Users
1 Zillow.com 164 223 44.42% 42.12% 25.5M
2 Realtor.com 491 826 42.11% 40.43% 10.5M
3 Rightmove.co.uk 723 1,134 47.18% 35.54% 221K
4 Redfin.com 992 1,961 55.34% 28.91% 2.8M
5 Hotpads.com 5,965 4,213 42.64% 43.87% 1.3M

RankBusiness Search enginesAlexa rankSimilarweb rankDirect trafficGoogle trafficUS Users
1 Justdial.com 411 2,218 11.11% 84.45% 301K
2 Thomasnet.com 12,342 28,543 18.89% 71.12% 558
3 Globalspec.com 18,125 27,301 16.43% 77.99% 441K
4 Business.com 24,891 43,321 38.90% 34.27% 300K
5 Nexis.com 68,125 53,673 52.97% 6.45% 60K


RankMultimedia Search enginesAlexa rankSimilarweb rankDirect trafficGoogle trafficUS Users
1 Youtube.com 3 3 46.31% 21.33% 161M
2 Bing videos 3,231 3,389 45.12 6.19 19.6M
3 Yahoo Video 1,231 2,312 48.32 4.67 NA
4 Tineye.com 4,111 6,254 71.34% 19.54% 123K
5 Vevo.com 5,821 5,231 47.87% 31.75% 1.1M
6 Blinkx.com 38,275 6,775 13.11% 2.47% 325K
7 Findsounds.com 147,423 69,334 26.33% 50.41% NA


RankSource code Search enginesAlexa rankSimilarweb rankDirect trafficGoogle trafficUS Users
1 Code.Google.com   3,452 24.32 37.10 5.4M
2 Code.Openhub.net          

Source : socialcliff.com

Categorized in Search Engine

Google’s AMP project is one of the organizations more productive and popular projects with regards to making the Internet a better place. The company has announced that it is expanding the same in Asia in partnership with Baidu, Sogou and Yahoo Japan, who will both be connecting directly to Accelerated Mobile Pages.

In case you have not been following the progress of the Internet, AMP or Accelerated Mobile Pages is Google’s framework for ensuring the creation of content that can load faster. Google first announced the project in 2015 and since then, has quietly been making many converts. It isn’t finding the task too difficult — after all, who wouldn’t want their websites to load faster?

Meanwhile, Google is now looking to make a push into the hitherto ignored (relatively of course) Asia Pacific. And towards the same it has partnered up with Baidu and Sogou — which together account for as much as 90 percent of the Chinese search market. The search engine giant announced the same at its first AMP developer conference held in NYC today morning.

Yahoo Japan, Baidu and Sogou are not the only companies to ahve entered into partnership with Google regarding AMP.  Bing, Pinterest and LinkedIn are only some of the other companies that have linked arms with the search engine giant. And there have been significant returns on investments as well.

Interestingly, the platform also saw the different and varied uses AMP can be put to. The framework when launched was aimed mainly towards content with the intent of making websites and articles faster. Why was this important? Well, consider all the effort Facebook has been putting into its platform so as to ensure that you can access articles even on slow Internet connections. Other websites obviously don’t intend to let Facebook have a  monopoly over such a thing and hence, comes AMP.

Meanwhile, Google also showed off a messaging application that was built using the AMP framework — illustrating the company’s point that the framework could be used for much, much more beyond making static, content-driven websites easier on the Internet. Google hasn’t really gone into these other potential uses yet and for all we know, the company will keep its focus on content websites for the near future. However, it is interesting to note the potential that is there.

Author : Mudit Mohilay

Source : https://thetechportal.com/2017/03/07/google-expands-accelerated-mobile-pages/

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