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Unfair play: Sogou sues Tencent

THE Beijing-based search engine is demanding up to 21 million yuan (US$3.07 million) in compensation from the Shenzhen-based Tencent company, 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, one of the country's largest software sales platform, has aided Tencent's unfair dealings by helping it sell the software, Sogou said.

Sogou is asking for 20.51 million yuan in compensation and a public apology from the two defendants.

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

Tencent also used tricks to reset the order of the input software list on its users' computers by making the Sogou software choice fall below the QQ software listing, Sogou said.


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