(Sohu) The war between QQ and 360 continues. The latest conflict broke out on November 3, 2010, so far the most serious retaliation. Tencent published an open letter in the evening on November 3 saying QQ will stop working on all systems that run 360. The news caused uproar in the world. 360 indicated that the users need not worry and promised that users will be able to run both QQ and 360. Then 360 launched WEBQQ client, and issued an urgent request, calling for all users to stop using QQ for three days. Tencent then immediately stopped user from using and downloading WEBQQ. Subsequently, Tencent announced three major terms of settlement, requesting 360 to uninstall Koukou Bodyguard and privacy protection. But 360 is still quietly promoting Koukou Bodyguard offline. Two company leaders also stated that the conflict cannot be easily resolved. Ma Huateng published an open letter to all his employees that the battle will continue, and Tencent must be the ultimate winner. Zhou Honggi posted angrily on his Sohu micro-blog saying Tencent must pay for being the “evil bully”. 360 issued a statement at 4 am said, “Not going to compromise to hegemony.” This fiasco is affecting more people than ever in the history of China’s Internet.
QQ’s first letter started like this:
Dear QQ users:
When you read this letter, we have just made a very difficult decision. Before 360 stops attacking QQ and maliciously slandering, we decided to stop running QQ software on any computer with 360 installed. We know this will cause you some inconvenience, we sincerely apologize, and writing down the reasons of the decision below, hoping for your understanding and support.
When the Chinese internet users saw this letter, it blew up on twitter. The “lonely” netizens poked fun of the passage and each came up with their adaptation of the QQ’s letter. Let me show you a few:
RT @whshang: Dear Twitter users: When you read this letter, we have just made a very difficult decision. Before GFW stops resetting Twitter connections, we decided to stop Sina Micro-blog service on any computer that has “software enables to get over the wall” installed.
RT @cnyaoying: Dear Chinese sewage oil users: When you read this letter, we have just made a very difficult decision. Before you stop using PetroChina and Sinopec gas station, we decided to stop servicing all private cars at PetroChina and Sinopec gas stations.
RT @Satantara: Microsoft China：Dear Windows users：When you read this letter, we have just made a very difficult decision. Before you stop using Google search engine and iTunes, we decided to stop running Windows on any computer that uses Google or has iTunes installed.
RT @JobsInChinese: Dear iPhone users：When you read this letter, we have just made a very difficult decision. Before you stop using iPhone to connect Google services (search, Gmail, calendar etc.), We refuse to have iPhone working in your hands.
RT @h9b8: Dear husband: When you read this letter, I have just made a very difficult decision. Before you stop having mistresses and using sex services, I decided to suspend all services provided to you, flirting, fondling and sex etc.
RT @yancaiwm: Dear McDonald’s customers: When you read this letter, we have just made a very difficult decision. Before we provide you with a Big Mac, we decided to pull out the Colonel KFC chicken from your mouth.
RT @reformism: Dear Durex users：When you read this letter, we have just made a very difficult decision. Before you stop using Jissbon, Okamoto, Sixth Sense, Real Man and the Family Planning shoddy condoms, we decided to poke a hole on all the products we sell you.
Here is our version….
RT@Chinahush: Dear ChinaHush readers: when you read this letter, we have just made a very difficult decision. Before you stop reading chinaSMACK, we decided to stop providing content to anyone who still reads chinaSMACK. We know this will cause you some inconvenience, we sincerely apologize.
Feel free to write your version in the comments !!!
Here are some more jokes selected from Sina Micro-blog:
Have you ever seen McDonald’s not allowing customers to buy KFC? Have you ever seen Canon not allowing customers to buy Nikon lens? Have you ever seen Adidas force customer to take their Nike pants off? Have you ever seen Apple not letting you install windows? This is my computer!!! My own! Not going to stop using and installing when you say so! Is your dad Li Gang?
Can we understand this? Choosing 360 is because it can scan for virus, therefore we allow it to enter our system, just like nanny can enter our room to clean; choosing QQ is because it enables you to communicate, just like having a driver is convenient for transportation. So, why does my driver need to enter my room? And you also threatened me that if I don’t dismiss my nanny, you will drive off with my Mercedes.
The furthest distance in the world is not between life and death, it’s when your computer has 360 installed and my computer has QQ installed…
More information (in Chinese)
“Very difficult decision” quickly became the popular Internet phrase. More funny adaptation of it gathered from the Internet:
It says “my dad is Li Gang!”
This is a cartoon show about children right?
I’m so torn between two of the crappiest pieces of software I’ve ever used.
Tencent and Qihoo 360 fought for their own interests but both forgot the interests of their clients. At this stage, when the populace is angry, neither company wins the war,
No, I don’t think you should use the word “Both”. 360 added the QQ guard in order to prevent QQ’s spying actions. This is good. I refused to uninstall this patch although 360 recommended me to uninstall it because it seems their war just ended. I like that patch. It makes it faster to start QQ actually.
I wonder if anyone in China is capable of behaving like an adult.
So you are generalizing that the entire adult population of China consist only of men and women with the mind of young adolescents? Typical troll remark.
Indeed. While in the shower, rubbing down my silky smooth skin and chiseled body, I pondered that it would have been less inflammatory if I just said that it was embarrassing for two huge, successful companies to act like bratty children.
Well you know, being rich and in a position of influence gives you an implied entitlement to massage your ego. After all, when you have all the material goods money can buy, and you’re bored, what comes next?
more like “When I was in the shower trying to wedge a sponge between my huge rolls of fat and trying to desperately to awaken my tiny, flaccid member, I was pondering how I could make myself feel better about my insecurities by maligning an entire nation.”
As for huge successful companies acting like bratty children, you should go see “The Social Network.” If billionaire Mark Zuckerberg isn’t a brat, I don’t know who is. Or what about the rivalry between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates?
so…how exactly does qq know that a computer got a 360 installed on them?
if you have qq on your computer, tencent knows everything.
that, i think, is the whole point of this carry on
am with QQ 100and 10%
Mr ma ,are you crazy?
i’m very F’Y
come on 360,i like you