Tron Confirms Baidu Partnership, But The Community Questions It - Tron (TRX) News. Thursday, October 18th
Tron confirms partnership with Baidu
But users question the type of relationship they are touting
As it was highly speculated during the last week, following a teaser tweet by CEO and Founder of Tron, Justin Sun, the “Industry giant” he was referring to is China’s most important search engine, Baidu. Yesterday, via a tweet by the Tron Foundation, it was finally confirmed the partnership that several crypto enthusiasts have been betting on.
“#TRON is joining forces with Internet service giant Baidu and will continue to work with large cloud service providers to offer blockchain solutions, make the technology more accessible for users and small business alike. End goal: mass adoption of #blockchain,” the Foundation stated.
A partnership, or a business relationship?
Despite the announcement, members of the Tron community and other crypto enthusiasts questioned the way Sun and the Foundation touted the news, advising to choose carefully the words they use to promote something.
“@justinsuntron use the terminology carefully when you tweet - partnership has many meanings - especially when dealing w NASDAQ. Setting up shop on Baidu's cloud blockchain is a business relationship not a partnership,” said one user and supporter of the Tron project, sparking a round of tweets mocking the concept representatives of Tron may have of what a partnership is.
“I partner with Starbucks every morning by buying coffee”; “I partnered with my bed…. Sleeping every night in it”; “I partnered with my toilet to take a dump”, where some of the responses found in the social media.
In fact, a few days ago, CnLedger explained that the joint effort between Tron and Baidu was nothing more than a purchase operation, in which the former would be buying cloud computing resources to the latter. Following this, several experts and high profile individuals of the crypto sector criticized the way the Foundation announced the so-called partnership, deeming it as a “misleading marketing”.
Furthermore, Baidu already has its own blockchain technology, called XuperChain. Its whitepaper was released in late-September, and it aims to provide cloud services based on their distributed ledger (DL) protocol, marketed as Blockchain as a Service (BaaS).
Finally, the Chinese diary ODaily was clear when announcing the collaboration between the two companies, in which the focal point was not the blockchain, but the purchasing of Baidu’s cloud computing services, for building, operating and testing DL products on their cloud platform.
Nevertheless, a cooperation between the blockchain platform that aims to decentralized the internet, and the Chinese counterpart of Google, should have a positive impact in the mass adoption of blockchain technology in the Asian nation, for further conversations could escalate to a real partnership between both.
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