Just as Twitter's ability to act as a real-time information source has made it a thorn in...

|By:, SA News Editor

Just as Twitter's ability to act as a real-time information source has made it a thorn in Google's (GOOG) side, Sina's (SINA) Weibo microblogging platform is playing the same role for Baidu (BIDU). The latter is rolling out a Chinese microblog search service, but Sina's unwillingness to join in will limit its usefulness. A Google-Twitter search deal lapsed in July.