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Baidu and Qihoo 360 on lawsuit

2010-08-20 12:40:12 GMT2010-08-20 20:40:12 (Beijing Time)  Global Times

Another lawsuit ignited between Chinese Internet companies. China's largest search engine Baidu, Inc. sued Chinese online security software developer Qihoo 360 for unfair competition, according to reports Thursday.

The Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court has accepted the case, said reports.

Baidu asked the court to order the defendant to stop all unfair competition and related activities, while publish a public apology on its websites (www.qihoo.com and www.360.cn) for thirty days, as well as on the homepages of some famous media webs in Beijing.

Besides, Baidu also requested 10 million yuan ($1.47 million) in compensation and 150,000 yuan ($22,096) in all legal costs and other expenses from Qihoo 360.

According to reports, Baidu alleges that the version 7.0 of Qihoo 360's Safe PC security software identifies Baidu Toolbar and Address Bar as malware that may harm users' computers, which brings harm and losses to Baidu.

Qihoo 360 responded by saying that their action meets international common practices and rights of internet users.

But, according to an insider, Baidu's accusation is not the only thing going on between the two companies. He said that previously, Qihoo 360 had accused the searching giant of defaulting-profit sharing worthy of tens of millions of yuan.

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