IT giants' catfight plagues nation's Internet users (2)

08:30, November 04, 2010      

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In a surprise move by 360 late last night, the company announced it would suspend its "360 Koukou Guard" software as a way not to "harm Web users," reported.

Kong Defeng, a Beijing-based lawyer, wrote Wednesday that Tencent's latest countermeasure is against China's unfair competition and anti-monopoly laws.

Chinese Web users, especially those who use both products, are now caught in the middle.

Zhou Yang, a 20-year-old Internet user in Beijing, told the Global Times, "I use both company's services. My Web surfing is paralyzed after the fighting. Where is the respect for consumers' interests?"

"This battle, the fiercest ever between two leading domestic companies, stems from their long-term grudge while vying for clients," Ji Chendong, a technology consultant with Frost & Sullivan, a US based consultancy company, told the Global Times Wednesday.

"Malicious competition comes as China's IT market is still in a period of fighting to win clients," Jiang said, urging the government to strengthen supervision over the industry.

Ji said consumers will suffer inconveniences, but he also believes that the battle has a positive effect, as it will help consumers identify what kinds of services won't violate their privacy.

Source: Global Times

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