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Chinese search giant Baidu has launched its own web browser, aping Google's Chrome with web applications and aspirations of becoming a desktop replacement. The Baidu Browser only runs on Windows, but it does have its own application store for web apps (which run in a Webkit-based sandbox) and an extension framework very …

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Happy

Tough one

All those Google haters proclaiming evil, and the (future) alternative is a Chinese knockoff with even less control.....

Still, at least their version of Android won;t be susceptible to all those dodgy patent lawsuits. Well, it will, but they won't give a sh1t. Actually, a bit like Google really.

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Honestly?

You're reporting this like they've developed a whole new web browser of their own ... take a closer look - IT'S CHROME - Based on the chromium code most likely, with a little customisation on top to make it 'theirs'.

You should really be reporting this as "Baidu created a chrome clone using the open source chrome code base! SHOCK HORROR!"

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Anonymous Coward

@Karl

"take a closer look"? article suggests it is based on IE...

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Read first

@Karl Lattimer

You're half right. If you read the article before bitching, you would read the part that says it uses IE (Trident engine) to render basic html. And a review the post links to says:

"Baidu Browser uses IE for web browsing and Webkit for applications"

It looks like Chrome but uses Trident in addition to Webkit.

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Pirate

This I'd like to see

"Baidu also has aspirations outside its Chinese roots, where it will have to fight Google on a level playing field."

How does a Chinese knockoff compete with something that's already free?

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Flame

This I'd like to see

How could they compete? One word - tanks!

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threat to west greatly overblown

Yes Asia is king at apeing stuff. Might have something to do with their schools that teach that creativity is dangerous and evil. They still need the west to invent the stuff they then mass produce. As I say what makes the USA safe no matter which way the winds blow is Hollywood. Even the Chinese want their Brad Pitt fix.

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Megaphone

That don't impress me much

Hmm, let's weight that up for a moment.

Brad Pitt vs...

... every other good and service known to man, plus Brad Pitt (on a knockoff DVD). Plus interest on the loans currently keeping USA Inc. afloat.

Besides, don't knock Andy Lau, he does alright for himself ;)

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Childcatcher

Meh

It is the education system and the watchful eye of the Chinese Govt that screws with innovation and creativity. Namely, everything is done by rote (the workings of Confucious - still taught in the system - actually promotes this), and even if one becomes a creator and inventor outside the system, the authorities monitor your success and worm their way in. Don't like it? Become an automaton.

It is for this precise reason that countries like America and Britain can easily take talented (potentially and realised) Chinese from the country to use for their own companies i.e. use the expertise of highly skilled Chinese for their own advantage, whilst simultaneously depriving China of those skills. A bit sad really.

As for the browser itself, I don't get this fascination the Chinese have with IE. Surely they know that it is easily hacked, thus allowing their computers to become bots? Or maybe that's their plan, feign ignorance through the instability of IE.

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