While Google and the Chinese government duke it out, Baidu is quite happy to sit back and benefit from the increased traffic.
In fact, business must be good for the indigenous search engine because it plans to go on a hiring spree. OK, maybe “spree” is an exaggeration–the company plans to hire another 30 people.
The company on Tuesday said it would attend a job fair in the US on July 10 and that it had 30 positions to fill. “These could be Chinese, people from Taiwan or Hong Kong, or citizens of any other country,” a Baidu spokesman said.
Also an exaggeration? This post’s title. Well, not so much an exaggeration, but perhaps trickeration. You see, Baidu has 8,000 employees, of which, only 10 hold foreign passports. If the search engine were to fill all 30 open positions with US citizens, then–assuming all existing 10 are US–they’d increase their quota by 400%.
Hey, don’t blame me. Blame the entire world for not having anything decent to report on this week. Did Independence Day start early and no one tell me?