From PC World:
“Google Inc. has commented on a new software tool it released in China this week, although it did not address allegations that the software bears more than a passing resemblance to a rival’s product.
“Two days ago we launched our Chinese Pinyin Input Method Editor (IME) as a test product in Google Labs. Based on feedback from users and our own testing, we made a number of updates to the product this morning. Like all Labs releases our IME product is a work in progress, and we expect to continue to improve it over time,” Google said via email on Friday.
Soon after its release, some users began to notice similarities between the dictionary used with Google’s IME and a popular offering from Chinese rival Sohu.com Inc.’s Sogou search engine.” [Full Text]
Here is a link to Google’s Pinyin IME for those interested in the allegations.