“As they look beyond China, Baidu and other Chinese companies find themselves on a collision course with the established U.S. Internet leaders. It’s unlikely that companies such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon will be in danger in Western markets anytime soon. But the field is wide open in much of the rest of the world, where billions of people aren’t yet online. Here, companies like Baidu believe they have an advantage because of their experience with customers who are relatively new to the Internet, says Jixun Foo, a managing partner at the venture capital firm GGV Capital and an early investor in Baidu at a previous firm. “Chinese companies are starting to dream,” he says.”

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'The Wettest Place on Earth'. The weather station on the outskirts of Mawsynram. Measurements from the station are taken monthly, but by the end of 2014 an automated digital measurement system will replace this station. Meghalaya, India, reportedly the rainiest spot on Earth. The village of Mawsynram in Meghalaya receives 467 inches of rain per year. Laborers who work outdoors often wear full-body umbrellas made from bamboo and banana leaf.

Photo credit: © Amos Chapple

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