SINA Launched Self-developed Search Engine New Search Engine 'iAsk' Incorporates Web Search, News Search, Local Search,

Image Search, Knowledge Search And Other Various Search Functionalities



    SHANGHAI, China, June 30 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- SINA Corporation
 (Nasdaq:   SINA), a leading online media company and value-added information
 service provider for China and for global Chinese communities, today announced
 that it has launched its self-developed algorithmic search engine, ''iAsk.''
 After one year of intensive self-development, iAsk represents a break through
 in online search technology by combining the conventional web search algorithm
 method with SINA's own differentiated indexing technology.  Leveraging SINA's
 existing diverse portfolio of online portal and mobile resources, iAsk intends
 to provide Chinese Netizens with the most comprehensive and relevant search
 results.
     iAsk, offers knowledge-based and community-based search in addition to the
 standard web-based search.  While maintaining the power of traditional
 algorithm technology, SINA iAsk offers an added bonus of users' interactivity
 with a unique Q&A platform.  iAsk categorizes search subjects into areas of
 news, pictures, music, knowledge, and video and allows users to input key
 words and questions of their interests.  iAsk then ranks sites partly by
 subject-specific popularity, clusters results into subject groups, and lists
 related link collections by experts.  SINA iAsk also features an ''express
 zone'' that filters all past information and data collected by SINA on the
 subject being searched.  In addition, SINA iAsk offers personalized features
 such as search by local content (maps, entertainment and travel) and archival
 of personal favorites.  iAsk is designed to work with both the Chinese and
 English language queries.
     ''As China's largest online portal, we are well positioned to become the
 dominant player in the online search market in China,'' said Wang Yan, CEO of
 SINA, ''We have one of the largest online traffic and 'stickiest' online users
 in China.  Combined with those are our vast online and mobile resources.  I am
 confident that the introduction of iAsk will go a long way towards enhancing
 the online community experience of our users and cementing our online media
 leadership in China.''
 
     About SINA
     SINA Corporation (Nasdaq:   SINA) is a leading online media company and
 value-added information service (VAS) provider for China and for global
 Chinese communities.  With a branded network of localized web sites targeting
 Greater China and overseas Chinese, SINA provides services through five major
 business lines including SINA.com (online news and content), SINA Mobile
 (mobile value-added services), SINA Online (community-based services and
 games), SINA.net (search and enterprise services) and SINA E-Commerce (online
 shopping and auctions).  Together these units provide an array of services,
 which include regional focused online portals, mobile value-added services,
 search and directory, interest-based and community-building channels, free and
 premium email, online games, virtual ISP, classified listings, fee-based
 services, e-commerce, and enterprise e-solutions.
 
     Safe Harbor Statement
     This announcement contains forward-looking statements.  SINA may also make
 written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the
 Securities and Exchange Commission on forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K, etc., in its
 annual report to shareholders, in its proxy statements, in its offering
 circulars and prospectuses, in press releases and other written materials and
 in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third
 parties.  SINA assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements
 in this release and elsewhere.  Statements that are not historical facts,
 including statements about the Company's beliefs and expectations, are
 forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks
 and uncertainties.  A number of important factors could cause actual results
 to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement.
 Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, SINA's
 historical losses, its limited operating history, the uncertain regulatory
 landscape in the People's Republic of China, the effect of the notice issued
 by SARFT in late January 2005 on the Company's revenues from usage-based SMS
 products promoted via direct advertisement on radio and television, the
 Company's ability to develop and market other usage-based SMS products,
 fluctuations in quarterly operating results, the Company's reliance on mobile
 value-added service and online advertising sales for a majority of its
 revenues, the Company's reliance on mobile operators in China to provide
 mobile value-added service, the changes in January 2005 by China Mobile to its
 billing process for undelivered MMS services and the effect of such changes on
 the Company's MMS revenues, the migration by China Mobile of MMS onto MISC
 platform and the effect of such migration on the Company's MMS revenues, any
 failure to successfully develop and introduce new products and any failure to
 successfully integrate acquired businesses. Further information regarding
 these and other risks is included in SINA's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the
 year ended December 31, 2004 and its recent reports on Form 10-Q as well as in
 its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
 

SOURCE SINA Corporation

More by this Source


Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

 

PR Newswire Membership

Fill out a PR Newswire membership form or contact us at (888) 776-0942.

Learn about PR Newswire services

Request more information about PR Newswire products and services or call us at (888) 776-0942.