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Here’s why Alibaba is paying more than $1 billion for a mapping company - Quartz

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Although Baidu is China’s most popular search engine, its mapping service loses out to AutoNavi, which holds about 31% of the market, compared with Baidu’s 27%. But Baidu’s mapping service, which offers many of the same features as AutoNavi, has been catching up in terms of functionality. Last year, it rolled out a service similar to Google’s Street View and is adding a function that allows users to see, if granted permission, their friends’ locations in real-time.

(oh. my. god.)

Most recently, Baidu has been publishing a heat map of the most traveled routes during this year’s Chinese New Year mass migration. A screenshot of the map this week shows people fleeing the city of Dongguan in Guangdong, after a police crackdown on its brothels.

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Chinese people don't mind their friends seeing their movements in real time?!

"if granted permission".  Here, hold my leash.


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