Local media reported that Sohu just bought back 10,88% of Sogou from Alibaba, a move ending a two-year long relationship between the two since Alibaba invested into Sogou in 2010, the same year Sogou was spun off from Sohu as an independent operation.

The valuation of Sogou now is $0.237 billion, which increased by over 70% compared to 2 years ago. According to Sohu’s Q1 earning reports, Sogou pulled in $ 23 million in revenue, growing by 184% year over year and the company is having more than 1300 staff now. Things look good, so what makes this change?

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