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Pinyin dispute for court

THE Beijing-based search engine is demanding almost 21 million yuan (US$3 million) in compensation from Shenzhen-based Tencent, operator of the popular QQ online messager, which it accuses of unfair competition.

Tencent is accused of implanting software to block its QQ pinyin input software users' access to Sogou's pinyin input software. It is also accused of using tricks to disrupt the pinyin list on users' computer terminals, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Sogou's owner, Beijing Sogou Information Service Co Ltd, and its input software's owner, Beijing Sogou Technological Development Co Ltd, have filed a lawsuit at Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court against Tencent and Beijing Aolande Information Technology Co Ltd for conducting unfair competition, the report said.

Aolande was also sued because the company aided Tencent's dealings by helping it sell the software, Sogou said. Sogou is asking for 20.51 million yuan in compensation and a public apology.

Sogou accuses Tencent of denying QQ software users' access to Sogou software by using technology to delete the Sogou software short-cut button on users' computer terminals, the report said.


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