Xinhua – “Over 80 percent of China’s counties have set up public libraries, attracting a record number of patrons, according to the Ministry of Culture. China’s 2,880 libraries received about 330 million visits in 2010, according to a document released by the Ministry of Culture on Wednesday at an annual meeting on public library projects in the city of Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province.”
NYT – “A government official’s X-rated photos appear on the Internet and immediately go viral. Online traffic spikes as Web users hunt for the images with gleeful schadenfreude. When Representative Anthony D. Weiner’s anatomy dominated headlines in the United States this summer, the curious headed to search engines like Google or Bing to see more than usual of a U.S. politician. But when screen shots from a Web cam, showing a bureaucrat from the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou in a state of undress, hit the Web in late June, the majority of those who wanted to catch a glimpse of his naked body turned to Baidu, China’s most popular Internet search engine.”
Reuters – “Baidu Inc was sued on Wednesday by eight New York residents who accused China’s biggest search engine of conspiring with the country’s government to censor pro-democracy speech.
The lawsuit claims violations of the U.S. Constitution and according to the plaintiffs’ lawyer is the first of its type.
It was filed more than a year after Google Inc declared it would no longer censor search results in China, and rerouted Internet users to its Hong Kong website.”
AP – “Baidu Inc., which operates China’s leading search engine, said Wednesday it has removed 2.8 million items from an online library after authors complained it was distributing their work without permission.
The company apologized last weekend to Chinese authors and said it would screen material on Baidu Library and remove unauthorized work.”
WSJ – “Days after a judge shot down rival Google’s plans to create a digital library of the world’s books over copyright concerns, Chinese search giant Baidu has come under fire for its own library project. Chinese authors have slammed Baidu over its document sharing website, Baidu Wenke (called “Baidu Library” in English), saying the company rejected their demands to be compensated for downloads of unlicensed copies of their works. Baidu has since promised to remove unlicensed content from the website and apologized “to any of the authors or publishers whose feelings may have been hurt by the presence of infringing content on Baidu,” but that hasn’t stopped the onslaught of complaints.”