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Baidu says bye bye to its microblog

China’s search engine giant Baidu is shutting down its microblogging service ‘Baidu ShuoBa’ t.baidu.com by 22 of August.

The service which was launched last year, and was competing with microblogging services like Sina’s Weibo, Tencent’s Weibo and many more. Tencent claims 200m users and Sina 140m for their microblogs.

 

 

China to release self-developed aircraft engine

Last month, China’s passenger-jet manufacturer COMAC (Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China), announced that an overall design plan for an indigenously developed large passenger-jet engine is expected to be released by the end of this year. The engine is developed with the C919 passenger jet in mind.

Separately, China SignPost reports that the Chinese Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC) is planning to invest 10 billion RMB (US$ 1.53 billion) into jet engine R&D over the next 5 years, assigning engine development a top priority. More details in this in-depth report from China SignPost.