Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU) saw its share of China's online search market, in terms of page views and unique visits, drop from 72.03 percent and 72.84 percent in November to 71.76 percent and 71.47 percent, respectively, in December, according to Alibaba Group's third-party web analytics subsidiary CNZZ.
Qihoo 360 (NYSE: QIHU) saw its share of page views and unique views increase slightly from 9.9 percent and 10.02 percent in November to 10.39 percent and 10.52 percent, respectively, in December.
Sohu's (Nasdaq: SOHU) online search subsidiary Sogou's December share of page views and unique views fell slightly from 8.07 percent and 7.70 percent in November to 7.92 percent and 7.63 percent, respectively.
Qihoo and Google
Qihoo 360 confirmed cooperation with Google China, ZDNet reported Friday, a move the report said may threaten China's current leading search engine Baidu.
Qihoo did not confirm the report when contacted by the Global Times Saturday, but revealed that the company is commercializing its search engine with the help of a third party that it would not name.
According to the ZDNet report, Qihoo's tie-up with Google is likely to begin early in 2013, and Qihoo CEO Zhou Hongyi has said that he was open to cooperate with other counterparts such as Microsoft and Sogou.
Source: Morning Whistle