WSJ – The Search Ace Standing Between Baidu and Irrelevance

Baidu is doubling down on its commitment to AI after falling behind Alibaba and Tencent in recent years.

May 25, 2017

‘For much of the past two decades, Qi Lu, a search-technology whiz, waged losing battles against Google, first at Yahoo Inc. then at Microsoft Corp.’s Bing.

Four months ago, he relocated to his native China to take on a challenge that some in the tech world think is just as quixotic: reviving Baidu Inc. The company’s core search engine business once made it the Google of China, but it has been beset by bad decisions, scandals and falling profits, leaving its future uncertain.’

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