Feeds

Facebook 'signs' independent social network deal with Baidu

Put the needle on the record

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Facebook has reportedly inked a deal with Baidu to build a social network for the People's Republic.

According to the report, anonymous sources at China's biggest search engine outfit claimed an agreement had been reached following a number of meetings between Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and Baidu CEO Robin Li.

Bloomberg reported on the story this morning, citing Sohu.com.

If the report is accurate, Facebook has in effect agreed to build a standalone or independent version of its hugely popular social networking site for Chinese people.

It's not clear at this stage when such a website will be created by the two firms. Such a joint venture would also need to be approved by the Chinese government.

Presumably such a joint venture type entity would be fully compliant with Beijing's political outlook, while giving Zuckerberg a degree of cover from the sort of grief US campaigners and politicians gave Google over it's China adventures.

Bloomberg understands that talks between Facebook and would-be partners in China had already taken place late last year when Zuckerberg visited the country on a mixed business/holiday trip. As of last week, the news wire said no deal had yet been struck and that discussions were still at an "exploratory stage".

Facebook gave Bloomberg this statement just last week: "We are currently studying and learning about China, as part of evaluating any possible approaches that could benefit our users, developers and advertisers." ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE
Tim Berners-Lee isn't happy, but we should be
Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store
DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! Naughty, misleading developers!
'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder
And now a message from our sponsors: 'STFU or else'
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup
Would you leave your well-paid job to chase your dream?
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.