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Facebook Strikes Deal to Create New Social Network in China

Facebook is reportedly working with China's largest search engine to create a new, jointly owned social network. The collaboration with Baidu would allow Facebook to get a foothold in the Chinese market while giving Baidu the chance to capitalize on Mark Zuckerberg's network-building expertise. The new site would still need to be approved by Chinese's Internet regulators, who retain final say...

Baidu's Online Maps Avoid Censors by Making China Look Like 'Sim City'

The Chinese government imposes strict regulations on what images can and can't be displayed in overhead photos, making life difficult for services like Google Maps. But Baidu, China's Google equivalent, recently discovered that it could get around the government's restrictions by turning the entire Chinese landscape into one big illustration. The search engine's rendering makes China look a lot...

Zuckerberg Visits China, Hangs With Baidu CEO

Mark Zuckerberg is in China this week, and he's already met with the CEO of the country's largest search engine, Baidu. Zuck's intentions, though, are unclear. Facebook hasn't yet tapped into the nation's huge social networking market. Speculations that Facebook may bend to the government's censorship requirements are premature, though, as the company would likely face a serious backlash....

Nexus One Greeted With Buyer 'Meh,' 'Sesame Street' Coming to Consoles

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... The Nexus One Google phone inspired a significant amount of speculation with both the media and with consumers, but that hubbub hasn't exactly translated into sales success. Despite the buildup, the phone is apparently languishing, as a paltry 20,000 units were sold during its first week. The iPhone 3GS sold 1.6 million models....

Google and AP Showdown, Microsoft Adheres to Jan. 11th Office Ban

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines... Apparently having alienated yet another news organization, Google has stopped hosting articles from the Associated Press, probably over contractual disagreements. The AP is the "largest and oldest news organization in the world," and as a cooperative has won more Pulitzers than any other outlet, so the snub could immediately devastate...