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  • DST Tightens Its Grip On Russian Social Networking Scene Amidst IPO Plans

    Internet investment group Digital Sky Technologies (DST) today formally announced the acquisition of Russian social network Odnoklassniki.ru, which we reported on last week. DST has bought out out the minority shareholders in Forticom Group Limited – which it now fully owns – and Odnoklassniki, and interestingly transferred its interest in the Polish social network Nasza-Klasa.pl… Read More

  • Naspers Buys 28.7% Of Facebook, Zynga Investor And ICQ Owner DST

    A unit of international media group Naspers, namely its subsidiary Myriad International Holdings, is to buy a 28.7% stake in Digital Sky Technologies (DST), the Russian firm behind investments in notable Internet companies like Facebook, Groupon and Zynga. Naspers will be investing $388 million in cash, and contribute its 39.3% stake in Mail.ru into DST. Concurrently, Mail.ru management and… Read More

  • Mail.ru confirms replacement of Yandex with Google for search and ad serving

    Earlier this month, we reported that Google would be replacing Russian search leader Yandex as the default search engine and ad server on Mail.ru, the most popular online destination in the country with more than 50 million unique monthly users. This morning, Mail.ru confirmed (in Russian) that it will be replacing Yandex with Google as its default search provider starting January 2010. Read More

  • Confirmed: Google To Power Search, Ads On Mail.ru Starting January 2010

    Earlier this month, we reported that Google would be replacing Russian search leader Yandex as the default search engine and ad server on Mail.ru, the most popular online destination in the country with more than 50 million unique monthly users. This morning, Mail.ru confirmed (in Russian) that it will be replacing Yandex with Google as its default search provider starting January 2010. Read More

  • Google to replace Yandex as default search engine on Mail.ru in 2010

    It’s all over the news in Russia this morning: Mail.ru, the leading Internet portal in the country, will reportedly be replacing Russian search king Yandex as its default search provider and hand over the keys to Google again. While nothing has been official confirmed by either party yet, the information comes from solid sources, according to multiple publications. Read More

  • Bad News For Yandex: Google To Power Search For Mail.ru In 2010

    It’s all over the news in Russia this morning: Mail.ru, the leading Internet portal in the country, will reportedly be replacing Russian search king Yandex as its default search provider and hand over the keys to Google again. While nothing has been official confirmed by either party yet, the information comes from solid sources, according to multiple publications. Read More

  • Facebook Investor DST Expands Mail.ru With Astrum Online Merger

    Digital Sky Technologies (aka DST), the Russian Internet holding company that holds stakes in several major Russian-language social networking and communication players and notably also recently invested in Facebook, is melting two of its largest portfolio companies together into one online powerhouse. Astrum Online Entertainment, itself formed by DST after merging five online game companies… Read More

  • Russian Investment Firm Poking Facebook For Board Seat

    When the WSJ broke the story about Russian tech investment group Digital Sky Technologies looking to buy a stake in Facebook for $200 million – a deal that would value the private company at $10 billion in preferred stock – there was still some uncertainty about whether the firm was gunning for a seat on Facebook’s board of directors as part of the investment offer, of if… Read More