BEIJING, Aug. 9 -- Shanghai will be home to Google Inc's third Chinese-based research and development center, the online search giant announced yesterday. The company also said it will more than double the number of Chinese sites using Google generated advertising by the end of this year.
The company is currently searching for a suitable site for the research center, which is scheduled to open next year, said Kaifu Lee, the company's co-president in China.
Lee said he still doesn't know how many people the center will employ, but staff size will be based on the quality of local engineers and other workers.
"We will hire people who are qualified, without any limit," Lee said.
The company, which has research centers in Beijing and Taibei, already employs 100 engineers in the country.
While Google is clearly the biggest search engine on the planet, it is only No. 2 in China behind domestic firm Baidu.com.
Since entering the Chinese market a year ago, Google has set up a Chinese version of its Website and begun to find advertising partners. It currently supplies key-word related ads to 12 Websites, but expects that number to hit at least 30 by the end of this year.
Lee, however, said the company has no timetable to launch services that have proven popular overseas, such as video search, mobile phone-based search and blog hosting.
"The data transfer speed on phones in China is limited as 3G is not available," Lee said.
The search firm said it will move some servers into China to improve service quality.
Elsewhere, Google won a deal yesterday to sell search-related advertising on one of the most popular and fastest-growing Websites in the United States, MySpace.com. Google promised to pay News Corp, the Website's parent firm, a minimum of US$900 million in cash between 2007 and the second quarter of 2010.
(Source: Shanghai Daily)