Four months ago we heard that Sogou, majority-owned by Sohu, was looking for a potential buyer or strategic investor, and all major players in China’s search market, Baidu, Qihoo and Tencent, showed interest. Back then it is rumored that Charles Zhang, CEO of Sohu, would like to introduce Baidu while Wang Xiaochuan, CEO of Sogou, would rather choose Qihoo.

source: CNZZ

The end of the story is Tencent who also married his daughter Soso to Sogou. Now Sogou and Soso have a combined of 14% of search market share, according to CNZZ, a third-party online data service. Without Sogou, Qihoo needs some more time to have a quarter of China’s search market, but it has gained 18% share in just one year. In the past months Qihoo also pocketed Youdao— its market share is minor though.

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Tracey Xiang

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