Hereâ€™s why Alibaba is paying more than $1 billion for a mapping company - Quartz
Geege Schuman stashed this in Alibaba
Although Baidu is Chinaâ€™s most popular search engine, its mapping service loses out to AutoNavi, which holds aboutÂ 31% of the market, compared with Baiduâ€™s 27%. But Baiduâ€™s mapping service, which offers many of the same features as AutoNavi, has been catching up in terms of functionality.Â Last year, it rolled out a service similar toÂ Googleâ€™sÂ Street ViewÂ and is adding a function that allows users to see, if granted permission, theirÂ friendsâ€™ locationsÂ in real-time.
(oh. my. god.)
Most recently,Â Baidu has been publishing a heat map of the most traveled routes during this yearâ€™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.
Chinese people don't mind their friends seeing their movements in real time?!
"if granted permission". Â Here, hold my leash.