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China's Baidu to invest $2 billion in cloud computing

Published on Sep 3, 2012 9:47 PM
People walk in front of the headquarters of Baidu in Beijing in this Feb 10, 2010 file photo. China's dominant search engine Baidu Inc rolled out a mobile browser on Sept 3, 2012 to help secure its share in a mobile Internet market that surpasses the U.S. population in size and to fend off smaller rivals such as Qihoo 360 Technology Co. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - China's leading search engine Baidu will invest more than 10 billion yuan (S$2 billion) in cloud computing over the coming years, its chief financial officer said on Monday.

The investment will go toward building data centres and hiring staff for its online data-storage service, Baidu said in a statement, quoting Li Xinzhe, but without giving details.

Baidu also announced a new web browser for mobile phones, which this year became the most popular way people access the Internet in China. The new browser will offer faster download times and tailor-made applications, Dow Jones Newswires reported.

Baidu has about 80 per cent of the market in China, having benefited from the fallout between Chinese authorities and US search engine Google over its refusal to censor its search results.