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Google buys partial stake in browser

google buys stalke in maxathon browserWhat's left for Google to conquer? A browser of course! Michael Arrington reports that Google has just bought a minority stake in the Maxthon Browser. The browser currently has over 80 million downloads, with over half of the users living in China. Searchers from this browser seem to account for 25% of Baidu traffic, Google's competition in China. If Google replaces the default search option to direct to Google search, they have easily gained a nice spot in the Chinese market.

This new purchase could spell a better relationship between Google and China, with whom they have had trouble with in the past. And it's going to make a lot of Google users happy to know that there is a small chance that Google will use their expertise to enter the full fledged browser marketplace.

Tags: baidu, browser, china, google, web