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  • Ousted VK.com CEO Durov Posts On Facebook, Seeks Pro-Civil Rights Home For New Venture

    Ousted VK.com CEO Durov Posts On Facebook, Seeks Pro-Civil Rights Home For New Venture

    This has to be one of more captivating startup pitches of the year. Pavel Durov, the founder of popular Russian social network VKontakte.com, was fired this week from his role as CEO amid claims that the government leaned on him to censor political content on the site. Now, in a Facebook post (pointedly not on VK.com…), Durov has spoken up again. Read More

  • Facebook Investor Bets On Two Horses As Vkontakte.ru Plans To Go Global

    Facebook Investor Bets On Two Horses As Vkontakte.ru Plans To Go Global

    Russian social network Vkontakte.ru, notoriously heavily ‘inspired’ by Facebook‘s design, business model and features, is plotting an international roll-out according to daily business newspaper Vedomosti (Google translation). The report mentions that the company has recently acquired the domain name vk.com for an undisclosed amount and plans to use it to brand and market… Read More

  • comScore: Russians Spend More Time On Social Networks Than The Rest Of World

    comScore: Russians Spend More Time On Social Networks Than The Rest Of World

    comScore has aggregated some data based on its World Metrix audience measurement service and put together a study on social networking worldwide. Surprisingly, it appears that the Russians are more engaged with social networking than the rest of the planet (or the biggest slackers at the office, depends on how you look at it). The study found visitors in Russia to spend 6.6 hours and viewing… Read More

  • Worldwide, Russians Spend Most Time On Social Networks (comScore)

    comScore has aggregated some data based on its World Metrix audience measurement service and put together a study on social networking worldwide. Surprisingly, it appears that the Russians are more engaged with social networking than the rest of the planet (or the biggest slackers at the office, depends on how you look at it). The study found visitors in Russia to spend 6.6 hours and viewing… Read More

  • Modeling The True Value Of Social Networks: 2009 Edition

    Modeling The True Value Of Social Networks: 2009 Edition

    A year ago we modeled out the true value of various social networks based on the idea that users in high-value online advertising markets like Japan, the UK and the U.S. were worth more (financially speaking) than those in lower value online advertising markets. Facebook had recently become the largest worldwide social network in terms of users, but based on our model MySpace was still by far… Read More

  • Russian Investment Firm Poking Facebook For Board Seat

    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