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(China Daily)
Updated: 2010-11-04 07:56
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Beijing

Software 'war' escalates

Tencent, owner of QQ, an instant messaging service that has 570 million active users, announced on Wednesday that it is no longer available for computers on which the Qihoo 360 security software, which has almost 300 million active users, has been installed.

In response to the move, Qihoo issued an online statement, calling on netizens to stop using QQ for three days.

The war of words between Qihoo and Tencent was triggered on Sept 27, when Qihoo claimed that "certain" instant messaging software is spying on its subscribers' personal information.

Hainan

PLA stages live action drills

The People's Liberation Army of China is holding live-fire war games in the South China Sea along the coast of Hainan province.

The drills will involve a simulated beach assault featuring landing craft, amphibious tanks and fast-attack craft.

Mine sweepers and submarine chasers were operating offshore, while attack helicopters were backing up the beach landing. A total of 1,800 military personnel were taking part in the drills, which began on Tuesday.

Guangdong

Mayor accused of sexual scandal

Chen Yachun, vice-mayor of Maoming city, Guangdong province, has been placed under investigation over allegations of having severely violated the law and government discipline, the commission for discipline inspection of the Guangdong provincial Party committee said on Wednesday.

The move follows a recent online post by a female reporter, who is based in Beijing, accusing the vice-mayor of leading her on for seven years, during which time she was his mistress.

China Daily - AP

(China Daily 11/04/2010 page2)