It’s probably too good an opportunity to miss. Tencent, the company which holds 80 per cent of China’s instant messaging market with its QQ tool, has gotten itself into a real PR mess with its fierce fight with Qihoo 360, a rival antivirus software maker.
Now there is talk in the industry that MSN is teaming up with Sina, China’s largest online news portal and platform for China’s largest microblogging site, in instant messaging.
Plastic Logic, best known for its pricey, delayed and now abandoned Que eReader, has received a significant investment from a Russian state-owned nanotechnology corporation.
As we predicted when reporting talks in August, Plastic Logic is to open a factory in Russia to make its next-generation plastic electronics displays as part of the deal with the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.
Rusnano is putting more than $100m into the company for a “hefty” minority stake, according to a source close to the deal.
Google Instant provides the clearest evidence for years that Google is still prepared to throw its engineering might – and its wallet – into raising the stakes in the search business.
This turns out to be more than the one-off launch that we wrote about last month. Rather, Instant has become a rolling series of changes that together amount to a very sizeable challenge to anyone else who wants to stay in the search business long term (are you listening, Microsoft?)
This is how Johanna Wright, director of product management for search, described the latest twist to Instant, unveiled on Tuesday: “We’ve had to take images of every page on the Web, and to know where every word on the internet sits.”