Baidu Research Announced Speech Recognition Breakthrough

Baidu’s research division announced initial results from its speech recognition system named “Deep Speech”. Deep Speech’s main goal is to improve accuracy in noisy environments such as in restaurants or on public transportation. According to released test results, Deep Speech outperforms previously published results on the Switchboard Hub5’00 benchmark, achieving 16.5% Word Error Rate on…



Alibaba Launches Alitrip

Alibaba announced the launch of a new travel brand “Alitrip” which replaces Taobao Travel, previously under the company’s Taobao Marketplace. The web address of Taobao Travel now automatically redirects to the new brand’s website at In the announcement, the company expressed the desire to build up Alitrip and transform it into a leading platform…



Mobile Milestone for Baidu

Baidu released Q3 earnings report at the end of October and revealed that the company’s websites are getting more traffic from mobile devices than from desktop computers. This is based on the calculations of average daily mobile traffic versus the average daily PC traffic, and includes total traffic; not just search traffic. It comes as…



Baidu Launches O2O Solution with Search Implications

Baidu launched a new service called “Baidu Connect” (直达号) at the Baidu Technology Information Conference 2014 in September. The service is targeted at retailers to provide more streamlined online-to-offline (O2O) experience to mobile users. While the service is largely billed as an O2O solution to compete with Tencent’s WeChat, it has several implications to search…



Naver still running the show

Naver Corp., South Korea’s top Internet content service operator, continues to flex its muscles by increasing its share of the country’s search-engine market, thereby remaining unperturbed by the recently approved Daum-Kakao merger. Naver seized 76.69 percent of South Korea’s search-engine market in July, which eclipsed its 2013 monthly figures that fell below the 75 percentage…