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Chinese search giant Baidu has seen off a $US16m legal challenge from a group of pro-democracy supporters in New York The unusual lawsuit was filed in the US District Court in Manhattan back in 2011, with the plaintiffs alleging that Baidu effectively acted as an agent of the Chinese state to deliberately suppress their pro- …

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"US democracy activists"

I'm puzzled. Does"activist" in this context mean "activist investor" as in Carl 'I buy your stuff and sell it for scrap' Icahn? Does this mean "weapons of mass destruction for petrol"? Or perhaps "pacificating Palestine, one bombed village at a time"? "US democracy activists" is such a double-edged swear-word...

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Moral of the story...

you can't sell democracy to People's Republic of China.

Well played by Baidu.

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It doesn't matter.

"{Google] now sits in fourth place with less than a 5 per cent share, while Baidu has over 70 per cent."

Doesn't matter. Google has a friend in North Korea and all those Nork page-views and click-throughs will more than make up for what it isn't earning in the Chinese market.

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Big Brother

"serve a lawsuit against an entire country"

Actually that would be

"serve a lawsuit against a state apparatus"

Let's be precise here.

At least you can start impeachment proceedings against the droner-in-chief from NY.

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htaccess and robot.txt files

Knew that always came in handy for annoying useragents from multiple changing ip block allocations (not mentioning any Baidu names there) ... which could be likened to and has the same effect almost as a DOS method of crawling!

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People would talk...

Hard to get a whole country on a plane to Iran for a little softening up. And people would talk if China just "disappeared"...

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FAIL

WAY too much time on their hands

...and more money than brains.

Seriously? No, seriously?

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Re: WAY too much time on their hands

Agreed. These asshats could have fed the money to Lemurs and it would have had a bigger impact on "democracy" in China.

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