Google has run into trouble soon after releasing their IME (Input Method Editor) which provides an alternative to type in Chinese characters using the normal alphabets keyboard. Soon after, Sohu.com, one of China's major web portals declared that its technicians have found that Google apparently copied the technology which was used to do the same.
In response, Google said the product had in its initial R&D stage been built "leveraging some non-Google database resources," but it had since upgraded the system. However, they have now issued an apology to Sohu and also promised that remedial actions would be taken at the earliest. "We are willing to face this issue of ours. While we apologize for the inconvenience this may have incurred to users and Sohu, we have also adopted immediate actions," Google said in a statement e-mailed to Reuters.