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Archives for April 2010

KupiVIP Launches Luxury Shopping Club KupiLUXE.ru

Files under: News, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 14:18 [20. 04. 10]

Privat Trade, which operates the leading Russian online shopping club KupiVIP.ru, has launched luxury shopping club KupiLUXE.ru. KupiLUXE.ru sells luxury brands via special offers to its registered club members. The luxury brands include Bulgari, Chanel, Dior, Giorgio Armani, Dolce&Gabbana, Fendi, Mont Blanc, and the others. Launched in 2008, KupiVIP.ru has 1.5 million registered members. KupiVIP.ru [...]

ProfMedia Looks to Sell Rambler for $200 Million

Files under: News
Posted by: Quintura @ 10:51 [20. 04. 10]

The Russian entertainment media group ProfMedia is shopping around its Internet portal and search engine Rambler Media, reported newspaper RBC Daily. ProfMedia is reportedly asking a price of $200 million for Rambler. The offer from Digital Sky Technologies (DST) to acquire Rambler‘s 50.1%-owned contextual advertising service Begun was rejected because ProfMedia would like to sell [...]

Quintura Releases Quintura Site Search, Version 2.0

Files under: Enterprise, News, Quintura Search, Search Cases, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 05:07 [19. 04. 10]

We have released version 2.0 of our hosted site search service, Quintura Site Search. Based on user feedback from more than 7,000 service registrations over the past two years, we improved web-site crawling and indexing, added new search display options and improved service user interface. Being one of the major visual search engines, Quintura indexes [...]

Russia’s DST Leads $135 Million Groupon Funding

Files under: News, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 01:47 [19. 04. 10]

Russia’s leading Internet investment holding, Digital Sky Technologies (DST) leads $135 million fourth round of funding in Groupon, a deal-of-the-day website localized in 54 cities in the U.S., according to AllThingsDigital. DST contributed a majority of $135 million investment, the remainder is invested by Battery Ventures. The investment includes both new equity capital and buying [...]

UFG Private Equity Fund II Invest in Enforta and Russian Towers

Files under: News
Posted by: Quintura @ 01:52 [18. 04. 10]

UFG Private Equity, which is part of UFG Asset Management, has made several new investments after UFG Private Equity Fund II, together with management and certain minorities, acquired 100 percent stake in KinoStar cinema chain operator Rising Star Media from National Amusements last December. UFG Private Euity Fund II, $200 million fund, acquired a minority [...]

DST May Invest in Groupon at Over $1 Bilion Valuation

Files under: News
Posted by: Quintura @ 04:58 [14. 04. 10]

Russia’s leading Internet investment holding, Digital Sky Technologies (DST) may be the lead investor in a deal-of-the-day website Groupon‘s new round of funding valuing Groupon at $1.35 billion, has reported TechCrunch. In December 2009, Groupon raised $30 million from Accel Partners and previous investor New Enterprise Associates. The pre-money valuation was $250 million at that [...]

Tencent Values DST at $3 Billion; Invests $300 Million

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Posted by: Quintura @ 14:12 [12. 04. 10]

The leading Chinese instant messaging platform QQ-owner Tencent has invested $300 million in exchange for a 10.26 percent economic interest in Russia’s major Internet investment firm Digital Sky Technologies (DST), the company announced on April 12. The investment values DST at almost $3 billion. Tencent and DST share the same investor Naspers/MIH Group, which owns [...]

Yandex Boosts Russian Search Market Share to 63%; Could Resume IPO Plans

Files under: News
Posted by: Quintura @ 06:52 [12. 04. 10]

The leading Russian search engine Yandex has reached 63 percent share of searches in Russia in Q1 2010, ahead of Google with 22 percent share, Mail.ru with 8 percent and Rambler with 3 percent, reported Vedomosti.ru by citing internet statistics service LiveInternet.ru. Yandex released new homepage last week. The rise of Yandex search share can [...]

AOL Collects Final Bids for ICQ from DST, ProfMedia (Rambler) and Tencent (QQ)

Files under: News
Posted by: Quintura @ 16:08 [5. 04. 10]

AOL has collected final bids to purchase instant messaging (IM) service ICQ. The bids came from Russia’s Mail.ru-major owner Digital Sky Technologies (DST) and Rambler‘s owner ProfMedia as well as from Chinese IM service QQ-owner Tencent, reported newspaper Vedomosti. ICQ has 42 million active users, of which 18.5 million or 44% are in Russia. The [...]

News Corp. Sells Russian Radio Stations to Vitaly Bogdanov

Files under: News
Posted by: Quintura @ 05:52 [5. 04. 10]

Russian senator and former co-owner of radio broadcasting holding Russian Media Group (RMG), Vitaly Bogdanov has agreed to acquire 100 percent interest in four Russian radio stations Nashe Radio Moscow, Best FM, Ultra and Nashe Radio St. Petersburg from News Corporation. The deal could be valued at between $15 million and $20 million, reported newspaper [...]