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Baidu wants to deliver services, not just provide information

At the Baidu World conference, Mr Li showed off a voice-prompted digital assistant called Duer which lets users not only search movie information but which also helps them book seats.


FOR more than a decade, Baidu Inc's Robin Li has been the top provider of search services for China's Internet population. Now he wants to help them get laundry delivered, book a doctor's appointment or hire a chef to cook in their homes.

The future, as Mr Li sees it, is not