Better Tech Growth Powerhouse: Baidu vs. Apple?

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  • Report this Comment On January 06, 2013, at 5:06 PM, TimKnows wrote:

    Apple is clearly the worst of the two here, contracting revenues and margins will kill them in 2013. It comes down to how much you are prepared to lose with Apple this year?

  • Report this Comment On January 06, 2013, at 6:08 PM, deasystems wrote:

    Apple is clearly the best of the two here, continuing growing revenues and margins will propel them in 2013. It comes down to how much you are prepared to gain with Apple this year!

  • Report this Comment On January 06, 2013, at 6:10 PM, ConstableOdo wrote:

    Apple is clearly stupid not to go into the search server business as a sideline. They've got plenty of money to build server farms. Build a few server farms, run some ads and just let the money roll in. Baidu hardly has any competition whereas Apple has dozens of companies competing against them in the smartphone business. I don't see what Apple has to lose by investing in a search engine, plus it might steal some market share from Google and keep the company on its toes.

    I really feel sorry for Apple investors. The company has been declared dead and the share price won't ever rise again, so those recent investors over the last six months are going to lose most of their money. Apple spent too much time and effort into hardware which is a never-ending cycle of updated products.

    Baidu is the clear winner because it's not something anyone has to buy. It's just there to use at all times. Running a great search engine is like a license to steal. I'm sure it's not all that easy to build a good search engine because Bing search certainly doesn't come close to Google search. Maybe it's those proprietary search algorithms that matter more than the amount of servers.

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