Baidu has turned on its search engine in another country outside its homeland of China.
Brazil’s flavor of the Baidu search engine went live this morning, giving it a presence in one of the growing BRICS countries and helping it stand out more against competitors like Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft’s Bing. The Baidu search engine also recently popped up in Japan and Thailand.
Baidu tested a variation on its search engine in Egypt earlier this year before quickly pulling it offline.
The Brazil rollout comes a couple years after Baidu opened up shop in Brazil. Next up, we can imagine an operational Baidu search engine in the United States, the home of the top search engines in the world.
Baidu opened a lab in Silicon Valley two months ago. Artificial intelligence smarts for a U.S. version of the Baidu search engine could certainly be possible, given that Baidu hired Andrew Ng, founder of Google’s deep-learning project and director of Stanford’s artificial intelligence lab (and a co-founder of massively open online course provider Coursera). And the Baidu lab is hiring.
Publicly traded Baidu’s capability spans far beyond web search. The company offers Chinese-language news, mapping, music, video, and picture-searching services.
As of late 2012 Baidu was second only to Google in the global search engine market, according to comScore data.
Baidu was founded in 2000 by Internet pioneer Robin Li, creator of visionary search technology Hyperlink Analysis, with the mission of providing the best way for people to find what they’re looking for online. Over the past decade we… read more »
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