Last month, Baidu sites had a total of 72.97% usage share; Sogou had 7.83%; Soso had 3.68%. Qihoo search took 9.64%, from 1.13% two months ago, becoming the second biggest search engine in both market share and usage, according to CNZZ, a third-party data service based on 1.6mn Chinese websites.

Soso 

Tencent confirmed that Li Haixiang has resigned as senior executive vice president and the supervisor of its search business(source in Chinese). Wu Jun, the head of Soso search and a former Google executive, left shortly after the company’s restructuring in the past May. Two core parts of Soso, monetization team and Soso Maps, were merged into Tencent’s Mobile division, while the rest of the engineers, who didn’t choose to leave as many their colleagues did, were dispersed into engineering support team.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com