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Google apologises before Chinese company’s technology

Google apologises before Chinese company’s technology
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First Published: Tue, Apr 10 2007. 05 53 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Apr 10 2007. 05 53 PM IST
Beijing: The world’s top Internet search engine, Google, has apologised to Chinese portal Sohu.com for using its technology in a Chinese input product it released last week, state media said on 10 April.
Google said in a statement that Guge Pinyin, an input method program it officially released on 4 April, did include “some data source that doesn’t belong to Google in the trial period”, the China Daily reported.
Sohu.com said Sunday Google had “stolen its dictionary”, saying it not only found many similarities in the dictionaries of Guge Pinyin and Sohu’s input method product Sougou Pinyin but also the same bugs in the two.
“We have sent Google an attorney letter and are still waiting for their reply,” Sohu.com executive Zhang Xin told AFP.
However, in its statement Google said that the product had finished the latest upgrade Monday and the current version of the product’s dictionary was based on Google’s own database.
“We will continue to intensify our research activities in our input method product and keep consummating product functions and users’ experience,” said Lee Kai-fu, president of Google China, according to the China Daily.
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First Published: Tue, Apr 10 2007. 05 53 PM IST
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