THE BIG CHILL
shows from Viki Inc as it expands its video service to lure more users. Viki, a unit of Rakuten Inc, the biggest Japanese e-commerce company, will offer licensed content to Baidu Video from around the world, with translations provided by users into English and Chinese, it said in a statement. Kaiser Kuo, spokesman for Beijing-based Baidu, confirmed the deal by phone. Baidu, whose founder Robin Li became China’s richest man this month, is looking beyond text search to boost revenue in the world’s largest Internet market and beyond.
Customers buy scarves at a shopping mall in Yinchuan, capital of the Ningxia Hui autonomous region, on Wednesday. Since mid-December, the region has been experiencing intense cold, prompting people to buy winter clothes and electric heaters.