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Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 12/20/2010

Zuckerberg visits Baidu search engine chief in Beijing

By Hayley Tsukayama

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chinese search engine head Robin Li were seen walking together at Baidu headquarters in Beijing on Monday, sparking rumors that the companies are entering into some kind of agreement.

Stay calm, though. According to a Baidu spokesman, it was a friendly chat, the Guardian reported.

"It was just two nerds comparing notes," said Kaiser Kuo, Baidu's director of international communications. He added via Twitter that Zuckerberg and Li are known to be friendly.

Rumors started when a Baidu employee uploaded the picture of the two men from his cellphone. Zuckerberg has said that he'd like to expand Facebook's hold in China, a noticeable dark spot in the luminous map Facebook released last week showing its worldwide reach.

Baidu came in second on Bloomberg's Monday morning list of the Hot Tech 50, behind Apple and first-place Tencent Holdings of China. This marks the first time a Chinese company has held the No. 1 or No. 3 spots on the list.

(Washington Post Co. chairman Don Graham sits on Facebook's board of directors.)

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 20, 2010; 10:20 AM ET
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