Thursday, October 19, 2006

Yahoo China's bitter divorce drags on

The Internet giant's Chinese division files suit against its former president's rival portal, Qihoo.

Call it the battle of China's Internet tigers. Yahoo! China has gone to court in Beijing claiming rival portal Qihoo is engaged in unfair business practices. At issue: Qihoo's new anti-spyware program, 360 Safe, that prompts users to de-install Yahoo China's toolbar.

The battle between the two similarly named companies - hoo means "tiger" in Chinese - has been heating up for months. It only makes matters worse that Qihoo's founder, Zhou Hongyi, is a former president of Yahoo China. Zhou, says Yahoo China spokesman Porter Erisman, is "motivated by a personal vendetta and is using the resources of Qihoo to carry it out by misleading Chinese Internet users and attempting to damage Yahoo China's business."

Zhou is equally tough. "I don't mind being cursed as evil," says the 36-year-old chairman, who started Qihoo earlier this year after being forced out of Yahoo China for what Erisman calls "performance reasons." Zhou berates Yahoo China and other Internet companies for being afraid to stand up to spyware: "Qihoo is providing a tool for all Chinese Internet users to protect themselves."

That may come as a surprise to those who know Zhou as the founder of 3721, China's first keyword search engine, which he sold to Yahoo for $120 million in 2003. That company's 3721 Assistant software, which was almost impossible to de-install and which plagued users with frequent pop-up windows, is considered by many to have introduced spyware to China. "I did something inappropriate," says Zhou, "that I am now trying to make up for."

Zhou insists that 360 Safe doesn't target any company and gives users the option to de-install Yahoo's toolbar. That seems to be what a lot of them are doing. On Qihoo's top ten de-installed list in early October, Yahoo's toolbar ranked No. 1, with 700,000 users of 360 Safe choosing to trash it in just one week. If those numbers are to be believed, Zhou is certainly getting his revenge. And it would explain why Yahoo China, which is far bigger and healthier than Qihoo, is worried.

But Yahoo China's new chief, Jack Ma, whose Internet company, Alibaba, sold a 40 percent stake to Yahoo (Charts) last year for $1 billion, isn't boo-hooing. In addition to filing a lawsuit, he announced he was spending $13 million to promote his toolbar, and he called on Chinese Internet users to help stamp out malicious software like 360 Safe.

"You know why Yahoo China is so arrogant and reluctant to face their wrongdoings?" counters Zhou. "Because they have money."


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Live Earth just picked up this topic and put out an article ( ) asking why the presidential candidates are not being solicited for their stance on the issue of the climate change. I just saw an article describing each candidate’s stance on global warming and climate change on . So obviously they care about it. Is it the Medias fault for not asking the right questions or is it the candidates’ fault for not highlighting the right platforms? Does anyone know of other websites or articles that touch on this subject and candidates’ views? This is the biggest problem of the century and for generations to come…you would think the next president of the United States would be more vocal about it.

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Blogger adrian2514 said...

I am trying to find more about the government and if they are going to ratify the Kyoto Protocol any time soon. Has anyone seen this poll on . It said 75% of people think the government should ratify the Kyoto Protocol on Earth Day (when I took it). I also saw something on Wikipedia but it wasn’t up to date. Any other thoughts on where the government is going with this?

I am looking for more info on what candidates’ opinions are how are we are going to get closer to solutions. Drop a link of you see anything worth my time.

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U.S.A. State Sponsored Terror (rock music video) Released

Anti U.S. Police State Musician/activist releases his 5th rock video.

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Скотт X и Конституцию Commandos сталкиваются тюрьмы и возможные покушения на свою оппозицию американскогополицейского государства.

Свобода музыкальных клипов наступление на правительство США, по крайней,

Правительство Соединенных Штатов стала неистовой Споследней записи рок-группы, или бой на пребываниебесплатно

Конституция команды запросить поддержку от международных организаций в их борьбе против американской террористической государственной полиции. ПравительствоСоединенных Штатов находит политической речью в музыке, как наступление, как террор и взрывы самодельных взрывных устройств. Речь критикует правительство в настоящее время является преступлением в Соединенных Штатах.

الموسيقار الاميركي روك مواجهة السجن لأغاني تاريخية وسياسية وأشرطة الفيديو والموسيقى.

سكوت X والمغاوير الدستور يواجهون السجن والاغتيال المحتملة لمعارضتهم للدولة على السياسة الاميركية.

وأشرطة الفيديو والموسيقى حرية هجومية لحكومة الولايات المتحدة وصلت،

أصبحت حكومة الولايات المتحدة غاضبة من أحدث ما تم تسجيله من لموسيقى الروك، أو القتالفي البقاء الحرة

الأوامر دستور طلب الدعم من المنظمات الدولية في نضالهم ضد الدولة البوليسية الإرهابيةالأمريكية. حكومة الولايات المتحدة ترى أن الخطاب السياسي في الموسيقى كما خليع التفجيرات الإرهابية والعبوات الناسفة. خطاب حاسم من الحكومة الآن جريمة في الولايات المتحدة.

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