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…