BuzzFeed News: Blanked-Out Spots On China’s Maps Helped Us Uncover Xinjiang’s Camps

BuzzFeed News: Blanked-Out Spots On China’s Maps Helped Us Uncover Xinjiang’s Camps. “China’s Baidu blanked out parts of its mapping platform. We used those locations to find a network of buildings bearing the hallmarks of prisons and internment camps in Xinjiang. Here’s how we did it.”

South China Morning Post: Baidu creates ‘world’s largest’ Chinese natural language processing database

South China Morning Post: Baidu creates ‘world’s largest’ Chinese natural language processing database. “Chinese search engine giant Baidu has launched what it says is the world’s largest Chinese natural language processing (NLP) database, among several other artificial intelligence (AI) products, as it seeks to diversify its revenue sources. NLP is a branch of AI involved in making computers understand the way humans naturally talk and type online, turning such information into structured data for further analysis.”

The Register: Taiwan turfs out video streamers run by China’s web giants

The Register: Taiwan turfs out video streamers run by China’s web giants. “Taiwan has moved to turf out Chinese video-streamers operated by Tencent and Baidu. A [August 18] notice from Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs makes it an offence for local businesses to facilitate Tencent’s WeTV and Baidu’s iQIYI in the nation. Neither operates in Taiwan, but both have found local proxies that bring their services into the island nation.”

ChinaTechCity: TikTok maker ByteDance has a search app in China

ChinaTechCity: TikTok maker ByteDance has a search app in China. “Without Google, China’s dominant search engine is Baidu with nearly two-thirds of the market. Now ByteDance, the owner of the viral short video app TikTok, wants a piece of the pie. The company is quietly testing a new search app that’s available for download on some Chinese Android app stores.”

MIT Technology Review: Baidu has a new trick for teaching AI the meaning of language

MIT Technology Review: Baidu has a new trick for teaching AI the meaning of language. “Earlier this month, a Chinese tech giant quietly dethroned Microsoft and Google in an ongoing competition in AI. The company was Baidu, China’s closest equivalent to Google, and the competition was the General Language Understanding Evaluation, otherwise known as GLUE.”

South China Morning Post: Multi-purpose WeChat wants to be a better search engine

South China Morning Post: Multi-purpose WeChat wants to be a better search engine. “Tencent says it’s expanding WeChat’s search capabilities next year to allow users to find a slew of new content. This will include entertainment options like music, games and memes. They’ll also be able to search for online stores, medical information and stocks.”

EConsultancy: Can ByteDance’s new search engine succeed despite the decline of search in China?

EConsultancy: Can ByteDance’s new search engine succeed despite the decline of search in China?. “It’s a classic battle of old versus new, David versus Goliath. No other search engine comes close to threatening Baidu’s dominance – its closest rivals, Sogou and Shenma, hold 11% and 5% market share respectively, according to Global Stats – and hasn’t for years. But Toutiao Search seems like it might be the candidate to unseat Baidu. However, a bigger question arising from the news is: does search in China really matter in 2019?”

KrASIA: China’s ByteDance to build a brand-new search engine to challenge Baidu

KrASIA: China’s ByteDance to build a brand-new search engine to challenge Baidu. “The world’s most valuable startup ByteDance has started to recruit talent to build from scratch a general search engine for all internet users, the company announced via WeChat on Wednesday.” If you’re thinking to yourself, “What the heck is ByteDance?” — It’s the parent company of TikTok.

Business Times: Baidu Management Reportedly Panicking Over Search Engine Decline

Business Times: Baidu Management Reportedly Panicking Over Search Engine Decline. “Baidu is expected to keep treading downward with some analysts recommending that the Chinese search engine giant’s stocks should be sold. The Sell label emerged as it was revealed that the company’s management is still struggling with new ideas to reawaken its core business.”