Briefing: Chinese housing startup Danke hires ex-Baidu executive

China's housing unicorn Danke appoints ex-Baidu executive as new COO - TechCrunch What happened: Danke Gongyou, a Chinese housing startup valued at $2 billion, has hired Gu Guodong as its chief operating officer. TechCrunch reports that he will roll out targeted marketing and real estate acquisitions, and oversee more rigorous operational procedures. Gu was one of five top-level Baidu…

Baidu accelerating automaker deals for car software deployment

Baidu showcased a DuerOS-powered Chery’s EXEED TXL at CES Asia in Shanghai on June 11, 2019. (Image credit: TechNode/Shi Jiayi) Baidu is ramping up efforts to install its voice assistant DuerOS into cars in China as the government pushes for world leadership in intelligent connected vehicle technology by 2035. DuerOS and the company's internet of vehicle (IoV) platform, Apollo, has been…

Baidu appoints Jing Kun as vice president to further AI push

Jing Kun, vice president of Baidu and general manager of Smart Living Group. (Image credit: Baidu) Baidu announced Tuesday the appointment of Jing Kun, general manager of Baidu's Smart Living Group (SLG), to vice president as it shores up efforts to monetize AI amid a sharp dropoff in revenue growth from its core online advertising business. A former Microsoft R&D director responsible…

Baidu reportedly spinning off autonomous driving unit

Search giant Baidu is reportedly seeking to spin off its autonomous driving unit, a move that comes just days after the company reported its first quarterly net loss since listing in 2005. The company is currently looking for external investors for the business amid increased financial pressures, Caijing reports, citing a person close to the company as saying. A Baidu spokeswoman denied the…

Baidu reports quarterly losses for first time since listing, head of search resigns

(Image credit: Jon Russell via Flickr) Search and artificial intelligence (AI) giant Baidu has reported a quarterly net loss for the first time since listing in 2005, as the company grapples with China's slowing economy and increased competition while spending on promotional activities skyrocketed. Baidu lost nearly RMB 330 million (around $48 million) in the first three months of 2019.…

Baidu‘s education business shifts from consumer-facing to enterprise

(Image credit: Baidu) Another tale of a China internet giant taking a hit in the ed-tech market, Baidu recently shut down its educational business unit amid a round of restructuring and shifted from offering consumer-facing teaching services to cloud-based business solutions. According to reports from Chinese media, Baidu’s educational business unit, which was originally under the emerging…

Briefing: Baidu to build a mega cloud data center in northwest China

Baidu will set up a cloud computing center in Northwestern China’s Xi’an – KrASIA What happened: Baidu is planning to build a large-scale data center in Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi province in northwestern China, hoping to serve its clients in the country’s central and western regions. The new cloud computing facility will cover an area of around 84,700 square meters and will be the first…

Sellers use Baidu Tieba and WeChat stores to peddle nitrous oxide

Cartridges of nitrous oxide, known as laughing gas, at a night club. (Image credit: Bigstock/janstarstud) Using the internet to adapt distribution channels is not limited to fresh produce or cosmetics; some Chinese sellers are capitalizing on the anonymity of the internet to distribute nitrous oxide. Chinese media reported Monday that nitrous oxide dealers look to connect with buyers via…

Briefing: Google bans Baidu-affiliated app developer Do Global from Play Store

Google bans app developer with 600 million downloads for being a fake click factory - The Verge What happened: Google is banning popular Chinese app developer Do Global, which is partly owned by search giant Baidu and has more than 600 million downloads, from its Play Store after it was found committing ad fraud and abusing app permissions. The company allegedly faked ad clicks to boost revenue.…

Baidu and Bytedance continue legal spat with fresh round of lawsuits

(Image credit: TechNode/Cassidy McDonald) Tech giants Baidu and Bytedance on Friday filed lawsuits against each other for unfair competition, with both companies seeking RMB 90 million (around $13 million) in damages and extended public apologies. The companies filed their respective lawsuits at the Haidian District People's Court in Beijing. They each also seek 30-day apologies posted to…