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Chrome files discovered in "first homegrown" Chinese web browser

By midian182 · 11 replies
Aug 17, 2018
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  1. Redcore, which was previously known as AllMobilize Inc., claimed its web browser was the only one to be fully made in China, and that it would break the United States’ “monopoly” on software. It even mentioned the browser’s “independent intellectual property rights.”

    However, Chinese users discovered some surprising files in the Redcore browser’s installation directory, including ‘Chrome.exe’ and several image files of the Chrome logo. The Financial Times and China’s Caixin have verified the findings, with the former discovering parts of Chrome 49 being used in Redcore.

    Company founder Gao Jing has admitted that Redcore is based on Chrome but defended the browser following a public outcry. “Redcore has Chrome [elements] in it”, she said. “But this is not plagiarism; rather, we are standing on the shoulders of a giant for our own innovation.” The option to download the Redcore browser has since been removed from the company’s website.

    Redcore claims that its browser is used by parts of the Chinese government and state-owned companies, but the firm could face trouble after it raised $36.2 million in funding from investors, including "large listed companies and government customers,” a day before the discoveries were made. The latest round brings the total fundraising figure up to $60 million since 2013.

    Using Chrome’s open-source elements isn’t the issues—other Chinese browsers use Chrome’s Blink engine. The problem is that Redcore failed to disclose this fact and promoted its browser as being fully homegrown, something that has angered many Chinese social media users.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,389   +3,776

    How is this a surprise? The Chinese have been stealing ours and others technology for over a century and it's become clear this is one of those points they flatly refuse to stop. The only way to slow them down is to bait our technology with so many flaws, viruses, and "kill agents" they stop, and even then they will no doubt find a way to turn that technology around and use it against their enemies ......
    psycros, Hexic and Clamyboy74 like this.
  3. TheBigT42

    TheBigT42 TS Maniac Posts: 321   +220

    China tis but a silly place
  4. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,547   +1,767

    Wait, china STOLE something.

    I am SHOCKED I say! Shocked!
    Kibaruk, Stark, psycros and 1 other person like this.
  5. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,965   +1,230

    They can't develop anything worth a d*mn on their own, so they continue to steal it from others.
    It's how they work. If you can't figure that out by now, you need help.
  6. Cubi Dorf

    Cubi Dorf TS Booster Posts: 144   +51

    It just softwares. America companies give China much better technology in exchange for cheap manufacturing.
  7. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 854   +301

    China, king of crappy reversed engineered browsers.
  8. TheBigT42

    TheBigT42 TS Maniac Posts: 321   +220

    That's how I do powershell scripts ;P
  9. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,160   +1,413

    I'ts how everyone codes. But going to stackoverflow and copying a bit of code that someone posted as an answer to a question is completely different. When you get it from someone freely giving it, then it's no problem. But when it's taken without permission, then it's theft. When it's taken without permission and then used to compete with the original creator - that's when people really get worked up about it. China has done all the above.
    cliffordcooley and psycros like this.
  10. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,712   +2,507

    And the ignorant sheep rip on Trump for standing up to the Parasitic Regime of Communists. For almost forty years they have rigged their economy to only allow for exports - and that includes their population!
    JamesSWD and cliffordcooley like this.
  11. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 817   +400

    Bro, brooo, whos gonna supply us cheap stuff?
    I recently built a rigid tubing PC and I tell you, one Chinese rigid tubing was on average 5 bucks while its European alternative 15! I would never be able to afford this build without china!
    And there are so many other things I simply wont buy if they are not priced like the yare coming from china.
  12. nestorius

    nestorius TS Enthusiast Posts: 40   +6

    The only original product that the Chinese can make is more Chinese. Anything else they copied from an original thinker elsewhere in the world!

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