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Tianya in Talks with Google on Next Steps

DoNews, 3/25/10

Foreign media have reported that Chinese online community Tianya has implemented a plan to continue operation without Google assistance, according to CEO Xing Ming. Google still has to discuss with many of its Mainland China partners whether or not to continue cooperation. Xing said that despite Google's departure, Tianya will continue to provide services and meet user demands, has many plans for cooperation, and will independently operate its video business. Xing also disclosed that Tianya has already assumed complete control of Tianya Laiba and Tianya Wenda, which were previously co-operated with Google.

An executive in Sina's (Nasdaq: SINA) public relations department has revealed that Sina has already developed its own search engine, which could replace the Google search bar on Sina's homepage.

Editor's Note: Tianya later issued a statement that the above reports were incorrect, and that Tianya had not yet ceased cooperation with Google, but that the company was in consultation regarding details of how to proceed with its relevant services following Google's transition to Hong Kong. Tianya said that the two companies are undergoing friendly discussion, and will handle the matter appropriately, while guaranteeing uninterrupted user experience as the foremost priority.

Keywords: Xing Ming Internet online community Tianya Google Laiba Sina online search

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