Baidu search over the phone

China Web 2.0 Review noted that Baidu has launched a new service:

You can call (010) 1161 6690 and ask the operator to search for information.

Your correspondent called and asked for a Middle Eastern restaurant in Beijing. The operator took about one minute to provide the phone number and address of 1001 Nights, which is in fact the capital's most popular Arab restaurant.

I then asked the operator to find Hu Jintao's email address. She was amused but had no luck finding it.

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