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March 29th, 2011
06:23 PM ET

Examining Baidu's unique culture

There was a time, maybe four or five years ago, where I thought to myself, "If I read another article about the Google cafeteria, I may have to throw my laptop across the room."  I admit we have an odd obsession with work life at the elite tech companies. Perhaps it is the fantasy that some day my office's mediocre vending machine that is filled with instant noodles and potato chips will metamorphosize into free, fresh salads and quesadillas for all.

When planning New Stream's week-long focus on the  internet in China, I realized that I had no idea what working at a Chinese  internet company was like. Did young college graduates in China dream of a job at Baidu or Tencent? Did the creativity that permeates places like Facebook apply to China's tech giants as well?

Well, CNN's Eunice Yoon went inside Baidu to find out. Check out her refreshing look at life as a worker-bee at a Chinese internet giant. By the way, she told me the canteen there was excellent.Try the hot pot.

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March 29th, 2011
09:36 AM ET

Who are China's Netizens?

China has 457 million Internet users, more than other country in the world. If you look beyond that number, you can learn a lot about China's netizens. More than 30% are students and more than a quarter are rural residents, living far from the booming cities of Beijing or Shanghai. Gaming and instant messaging are still very popular, but Internet users are increasingly undertaking e-commerce activities like banking or shopping. Kristie Lu Stout looks at the profiles of three different Chinese netizens to explain who's online in China and how they are spending their time.

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