Archives for December 2007
Quintura has put together a list of top web applications and sites of 2007 in Russia, the fastest growing online audience in Europe with 14.6 million unique visitors in September 2007. We selected both the winners and runner-ups in ten categories below. The major selection criteria was a number of regular users. We named 2007 [...]
The Russian online recruitment leader HeadHunter buys a majority in a recruitment site, while publishing houses Afisha and Independent Media take over sites for night clubbing community and women, respectively. HeadHunter, the leading Russian online employment group, acquires a 51% stake in JobList.ru, a recruitment site with 1.5 million monthly visitors, for an estimated $2.6 [...]
TIME magazine named Vladimir Putin, the Russian President as the Person of the Year. TIME explains why they choose Putin:“At significant cost to the principles and ideas that free nations prize, he has performed an extraordinary feat of leadership in imposing stability on a nation that has rarely known it and brought Russia back to [...]
Quintura has launched a Christmas-related search cloud on Quintura.com. Click the Christmas tab and browse related topics.
The Quintura widget has reached the Open Web Awards final on Mashable. Please support us by voting. To get a widget, visit www.Quintura.com, click Embed and copypaste the generated code into your blog or website.
Quintura is launching its visual-based search engine for kids – Quintura Kids today. Please check and play with it on http://kids.quintura.com!
Odnoklassniki.ru has become the largest Russian (and, most likely, Eastern European) social networking site with 7 million registered accounts and 2.5 million daily users. I recently met with Albert Popkov, the founder of Odnoklassniki.ru. His vision for the site is to provide the best online networking experience for classmates from school and university who would [...]
The Open Web Awards, hosted by Mashable.com, are the first ever online, open collaboration awards event, to recognize the best online communities representing Web 2.0. Please vote and engage yourself in discussion within the 30 communities and Mashable.com during the first voting round. This initial round of voting will be held across all sites in [...]
Quintura was named the Alternative Search Engine of the Year by AltSearchEngines and I was happy to do the first interview for the brand new column on AltSearchEngines.com Here is an extract from the interview. AltSearchEngines: I know your mantra is that the next Google will come out of Eastern Europe. Why do you think [...]
Several new massive multiplayer online role play games (MMORPG) to be launched in Russia in 2008. Oradell Capital, a venture capital fund of private shareholders of IBS Group made an investment in VR Ocean, a holding company for a new multiplayer, browser-based, online game LAVA-Online. According to Vedomosti business daily Oradell invested $1.5 million in [...]
The Quintura widget has been nominated for the Open Web Awards on Mashable.com To get the widget (a search cloud with results), click Embed on www.Quintura.com to get code and embed it onto your blog.
I joined a debate with CEO of Zuula on AltSearchEngines.com on December 4. 1. Do you build your own index or do you use another index? How important is that distinction? We at Quintura do build our own web index. As compared to a traditional web index, the Quintura web index is based on contextual [...]
WAZ Media Group takes control in a leading Russian regional weekly publication and online portal. WAZ Media Group, a Essen, Germany-headquartered publisher of Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ), agreed to acquire a 75% stake in Sloboda, a weekly newspaper in a regional Russian city of Tula. Sloboda, which is published since 1994, has a circulation of [...]
The deal represents the largest Western private equity investment in Ukraine. Providence Equity Partners, the world’s leading media and communications private equity firm, agreed to invest over US$200 million in Volia Cable, the leading Ukrainian cable TV and Internet access provider. Volia’s network includes over 900,000 homes passed in four cities within Ukraine. Volia Cable [...]
AltSearchEngines, a popular blog from the Read/WriteWeb blog network, has named Quintura the Alternative Search Engine of the Year, 2007. Charles Knight, editor of AltSearchEngines, explains: “[Last] Saturday Quintura began their new ad campaign “We are not afraid of Google!” Now that may just be bravado, and I’m sure that all 10 finalists would say [...]
The Russian online media company SUP moves abroad by buying-out the LiveJournal blogging platform from SixApart. Update: According to Kommersant business daily newspaper, SUP paid about $30 million for LiveJournal. LiveJournal has 14 million user accounts of which more than 1 million are in Russia. SUP first entered into a licensing agreement with SixApart to [...]
The leading Russian search engine and portal Yandex has been listed among 39 visionary companies by the World Economic Forum. The Technology Pioneers 2008 were nominated by the world’s leading venture capital and technology companies. The final selection from 225 nominees was made by a panel of leading technology experts appointed by the World Economic [...]