Do U QQ?
It’s more popular than Twitter. In China, it’s second only to Google rival Baidu, the leading Chinese language search engine. QQ.com, with its cute cartoon penguin mascot and equally cutesy name boasts over 600 million users.
Shenzhen-based Tencent Corporation, developer of QQ instant online messaging service, online games, online storage, chatrooms, music, Internet dating, etc. was founded in November, 1998. Since then, it has grown to be the third largest Internet service company in the world.
in China, the tradition of Mianzi (giving and saving face) informs nearly everything. It is quite uncharacteristic, therefore, for the Chinese Government to feel a need to intervene in the case of two squabbling Internet companies. Qihoo 360 (pronounced: chee who) and Tencent Corporation had been embroiled in a bitter dispute since early fall of this year.
Qihoo’s privacy protection software had begun blocking QQ’s chat program; Qihoo accused Tencent of spying on users by scanning their hard drives while QQ was running. In response, Tencent announced it would block QQ on computers where Qihoo 360 is installed. It also filed a lawsuit against Qihoo, claiming unfair business practices.
Things have cooled considerably since Beijing ordered the two Internet giants to stop fighting and apologize to users. However, rumors persist that other Internet companies are circling, hoping to take advantage of possible fallout from the spat.