These excerpts taken from the SOHU 10-K filed Feb 28, 2008.
Proprietary Search EngineSogou.com
Sogou, which means Search Dog, is Sohus proprietary search engine launched in August 2004. Sogou performs interactive searches of billions of Web pages using advanced algorithms. The user is taken through a fast and convenient interactive process to arrive at the most relevant selection of the integrated Website and page search results. On February 25, 2005, we launched our upgraded search engine Sogou 2.0 with an expanded breadth of one billion Chinese language indexed web pages, higher updating speed and shorter search time. In November 2005, we announced the launch of Sogou version 2.5, a further upgrade for our proprietary search engine. This upgraded Sogou 2.5 was more sophisticated with advanced spider technology and more intelligent in terms of crawling, selecting and ranking capabilities so as to provide more relevant, accurate and up-to-date Web search results. On January 1, 2007, we announced the launch of Sogou 3.0, a newly upgraded version for our intelligent search engine. This new version of Sogou can provide our users with higher updating speeds, shortened search times and more accurate search results based on an
expanded database capacity of more than ten billion retrieved pages. We will continue to integrate Sogou 3.0 with the content strength of our comprehensive Internet platform and our community based product offering, which will enable us to obtain knowledge of our users online habits and interests, in order to optimize the overall search experience for our users.
Proprietary Search EngineSogou.com
Sogou, which means Search Dog, is Sohus proprietary search engine launched in August 2004. Sogou performs interactive searches of
17173.comSTYLE="margin-top:6px;margin-bottom:0px">The Sohu games portal www.17173.com was launched in 2000 as the first online games portal in China and was acquired by Sohu in November 2003. 17173.com is a leading
online destination for game players seeking information on games and feedback from other players on the sites message boards. With over 100 game zones and millions of registered users supported by alliances with over thousands of Internet
cafés, 17173.com is one of the largest online games information and community Websites in China. The games portal www.17173.com is widely recognized as a market leader among the games Websites in China, with strong expertise in running the
Website, building a game community and developing relationships with advertising clients in the online games industry.
Focus.cnSTYLE="margin-top:6px;margin-bottom:0px">Focus.cn is one of the leading real estate Websites in China. Focus.cn attracts many users who are homeowners with high incomes and real estate professionals. Launched in
1999, Focus.cn has developed into what we believe is one of the most influential Websites serving the Beijing market. The Focus.cn platform serves as a basis for regional expansion in other key urban areas where Internet penetration is highest in
China. As of December 31, 2007, the Website has successfully rolled out into 28 cities. Focus has also been enriching its content and has diversified from residential properties to commercial properties, as well as other auxiliary industries,
such as home decoration, furniture and fixtures.
SIZE="2">We acquired ChinaRen in October 2000. ChinaRen is the largest online youth community in China, with over eighty million registered users as of December 31, 2007. Schools and universities in China generally do not have alumni offices to
Go2Map is one of the leading online mapping services providers in China founded in 1999. Go2Map mapping information platform
Goodfeel is a leading WAP service provider in China, offering various WAP services including ring tone and picture downloads. Goodfeel.com was founded in November 2001