Baidu Vice President of Products Yu Jun called
rumors that the company had decided to close
its client-end software department "sheer fabrication"
in an internal email sent Wednesday afternoon to
executives, public relations and the department in
question, reports 163.com. Baidu will not close or
downsize the client-end department or merge its
business into other company units, said Yu's email.
Reports earlier this week quoted a Baidu insider as
saying that the department was performing below
expectations and some core staff had resigned ahead
of its closure. Vice President Yu Jun is expected to
step down in late June 2009 for personal reasons.