Feeds

Facebook 'signs' independent social network deal with Baidu

Put the needle on the record

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

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." ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Bada-Bing! Mozilla flips Firefox to YAHOO! for search
Microsoft system will be the default for browser in US until 2020
Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU
Cupertino stands down after Euro legal threats
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google
Android 5 is coming – IF you're lucky enough to have the right gadget
Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command
New tool lets admins wrangle Linux apps from Windows
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The hidden costs of self-signed SSL certificates
Exploring the true TCO for self-signed SSL certificates, including a side-by-side comparison of a self-signed architecture versus working with a third-party SSL vendor.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.