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Archives for May 2009

Russia has 4th Largest Online Audience in Europe

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Posted by: Quintura @ 00:23 [28. 05. 09]

In April 2009, more than 31 million people in Russia age 15 and older accessed the Internet from a home or work location, spending an average 15 hours and consuming an average 2,228 pages per visitor, based on data from the comScore World Metrix audience measurement service. The Internet audience in Russia was the fourth [...]

Yuri Milner: DST (Digital Sky Technologies) to Do IPO

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Posted by: Quintura @ 16:24 [27. 05. 09]

DST (Digital Sky Technologies)’ founding partner and CEO, Yuri Milner said in his interview that DST will do IPO. The exact dates will depend on market conditions and readiness of DST itself but the IPO could happen within the next three years. DST was reportedly valued at $1 billion when Russian media and metal investor [...]

Facebook, Russia’s Largest Internet Deal Comes from DST (Digital Sky Technologies)

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Posted by: Quintura @ 22:34 [26. 05. 09]

The largest Russian internet investor, Digital Sky Technologies (DST), which owns stakes in Russian and Eastern European market leading social networks Odnoklassniki.ru, Nasza-Klasa.pl and Vkontakte.ru as well as Russia’s most visited online portal Mail.ru, has invested $200 million into preferred stock for 1.96 percent stake in Facebook, valuing the company at $10 billion. In addition, [...]

Renaissance Partners Sells 2 Percent of DST to Alisher Usmanov

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Posted by: Quintura @ 02:08 [26. 05. 09]

Renaissance Partners, the merchant banking arm of Renaissance Group, has sold a half of its 4 percent stake in Digital Sky Technologies (DST) to Alisher Usmanov, reported business newspaper Kommersant. As a result, Mr. Usmanov increased his stake in DST from 30 percent to 32 percent, the newspaper said. According to analyst estimates, the deal [...]

Keep Kids Safe Online with Quintura for Kids

Files under: Inside View, News, Quintura Search, Search Cases, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 15:49 [25. 05. 09]

PCWorld.com blogger Rick Broida has reviewed Quintura for Kids in his article “Keep Kids Safe Online: The Quintura Search Engine” on the blog: Hassle-Free PC. Here is an explanation why Rick turned to Quintura: “Because I can’t monitor my kids’ computer activity every second of the day, I’m starting by replacing Google with Quintura. This [...]

Odnoklassniki.ru and Vkontakte Investor Seeks Board Seat at Facebook

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Posted by: Quintura @ 12:41 [25. 05. 09]

Yuri Milner, the founding partner of Internet investment holding Digital Sky Technologies (DST), whose social networks in portfolio companies have more than 85 million registered members and 20 million daily users, is seeking a Board of Directors post at Facebook as a part of proposed $200 million to $350 million investment into the company, reported [...]

Maria Verchenova Strives to Become First Golf Queen from Russia

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Posted by: Quintura @ 00:06 [18. 05. 09]

First, its was the tennis star Anna Kournikova who became a top 10 WTA player. Then, it was Maria Sharapova who won Wimbledon in 2006 and US Open in 2007. And now, a new sports and model star is coming from Russia. This time, she plays golf. Her name is Maria Verchenova. She is striving [...]

Quintura’s Search Cloud vs. Google’s Wonder Wheel

Files under: Inside View, News, Quintura Search, Search Cases, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 21:09 [17. 05. 09]

Google has introduced several new search options on its search engine including Wonder Wheel, a map to see related searches and refine searching. Quite a few bloggers already said that it is very similar to Quintura’s search cloud (or search map). What is also noticed that Google’s Wonder Wheel is missing images in the search [...]

Alexander Rybak Won Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow

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Posted by: Quintura @ 13:17 [17. 05. 09]

It’s the best ever final of the Eurovision Song Contest that took place in Moscow last night. Belarus-born Alexander Rybak from Norway won the contest. Russian-speaking Alexander Rybak is a true wonderkid. He’s written his own song, will be starring in a movie this summer and got the record amount of votes in the national [...]

Russian-Developed Security Software Keeps Raising New VC Money

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Posted by: Quintura @ 13:07 [15. 05. 09]

It’s no wonder why the largest Russian software vendor 1C Company wanted to raise private equity funds. Its 2008 revenues increased just 8 percent to $406 million, according to business newspaper Vedomosti. In the first quarter of 2009, the revenues of 1C Company dropped 14 percent in Ruble terms and 39 percent in USD terms, [...]

Atlanta Start to Invest in Fabrika Futbola

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Posted by: Quintura @ 14:24 [14. 05. 09]

It is not only that Russian internet companies like sponsoring football clubs but also domestic internet investors like betting on online football ventures. Back in November 2006, LiveJournal-owner SUP Media acquired Championat.ru, then mostly a football site and now one of the leading online sports portals in Russia. The venture capital fund Atlanta Start, which [...]

Naspers-Owned Allegro to Acquire UAProm in Ukraine

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Posted by: Quintura @ 23:16 [13. 05. 09]

The leading e-commerce group in Eastern Europe, MIH Allegro Group has acquired a 51 percent stake in B2B e-commerce trading platform, UAProm in Ukraine, in exchange for an undisclosed investment into its business development. The Ukrainian founders of UAProm, who previously worked for the US-based mobile service provider Sonopia, will retain 49 percent and agree [...]

Quintura to Present at E-Publishing Innovation Forum 2009

Files under: Enterprise, News, Quintura Search, Search Cases, Tech
Posted by: Quintura @ 13:18 [12. 05. 09]

I will be making a presentation of Quintura Site Search at E-Publishing Innovation Forum in London on May 19 – 20. The Forum, which is organized by Incisive Media, will feature keynotes from top executives at Thomson Reuters, Telegraph Media Group, The Economist Group, Reed Business, etc. Quintura is one of the platinum sponsors of [...]

VTB Asset Managanent To Acquire MOBI.Money

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Posted by: Quintura @ 12:07 [7. 05. 09]

The asset management arm of the VTB banking group, VTB Asset Management, which manages venture capital funds and other assets, is acquiring 51 percent of MOBI.Деньги (MOBI.Money), a mobile payment provider, from the PayCash group, according to Infox.ru. The deal is valued at ca. $2.5 million. The investment was made through VTB Venture Fund, which [...]

Technoserv Reports Record Revenues of $1.5 Billion in 2008

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Posted by: Quintura @ 13:50 [5. 05. 09]

The largest Russian IT system integration company Technoserv (Техносерв) has reported its financial results for the fiscal year ended on March 31, 2009. The annual revenues of Technoserv grew 28 percent to $1.48 billion. The revenue breakdown includes IT system integration: 81.1 percent, service and outsourcing: 11.1 percent and consulting: 4.1 percent. Founded in 1992, [...]

Yandex Launches Location-Based Mobile Search

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Posted by: Quintura @ 13:22 [5. 05. 09]

The leading Russian search engine Yandex has launched a mobile search that takes into account a location of the user. The location is determined using base stations of mobile operator. To use Yandex Mobile search, the user has to download an application from Yandex Mobile page to its mobile phone. The application works on Symbian [...]