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YC-Backed Virool Raises $6.62 Million "Seed" Round To Help Make Videos Go Viral

Sponsor post: Slush lights up northern startup scene

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Dark. Cold. Slush on the ground. Cool startups inside. Slush introduces a setting making a trip to slushy Helsinki worth it. The conference gathers the region’s most promising startups, international investors and a speaker lineup of hot entrepreneurs. The highlights from the program include the independent smartphone developer Jolla, which...
Sponsor post: Slush lights up northern startup scene

Facebook Implements Insider-Trading Policy

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Facebook has prohibited its employees from selling their shares to other investors, its latest attempt to clamp down on the selling of its stock on secondary markets. The company announced the new policy last week, say people familiar with the matter. The policy says employees who sell their shares could...
Facebook Implements Insider-Trading Policy

Billionaire Yuri Milner steps down as Mail.ru chairman, replaced by CEO Dmitry Grishin

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Yuri Milner, the Russian entrepreneur and venture capitalist mostly known for being the founder of international investment firm Digital Sky Technologies (DST), has stepped down from the board of directors of Mail.ru, the largest Internet company in Russia. In a press release issued this morning, Mail.ru has announced that current...
Billionaire Yuri Milner steps down as Mail.ru chairman, replaced by CEO Dmitry Grishin
What you missed on day two of SXSW

Can Yahoo Nab Foursquare for $125 Million or Will VCs Prevail? The Race for the Hot Mobile Start-Up Nears Its End

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You have to give Yahoo an A for effort, if perhaps the ultimate grade in its ongoing quest to buy hot mobile start-up Foursquare is an F. While its founder Dennis Crowley–who controls a large chunk of the shares of the start-up–has so far turned down several $100 million-plus...
Can Yahoo Nab Foursquare for $125 Million or Will VCs Prevail? The Race for the Hot Mobile Start-Up Nears Its End

Swedish Startups Execs Arrested for Alleged Sexual Assault Against a 19-Year-Old at the W Hotel

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Mr. Adalberth via Crunchbase Early this morning, the New York Post reported that two "Swedish tourists" were arrested for allegedly molesting a 19-year-old Texas woman at the W Hotel on Lexington Avenue and East 50th Street. The alleged attack occurred on 8pm on Saturday. Case details on the New York...
Swedish Startups Execs Arrested for Alleged Sexual Assault Against a 19-Year-Old at the W Hotel

Chinese Web giant Tencent eyes ecommerce, search expansions and overseas opportunities

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Chinese Internet giant Tencent has revealed that it is looking to expand its business into a number of new areas as it aims to increase its already sizable online presence and appeal to advertisers. The firm, which runs 300 million users strong microblog site Tencent Weibo among other services, revealed that...
Chinese Web giant Tencent eyes ecommerce, search expansions and overseas opportunities
New Russian high-tech fund to invest up to $20M in startups across the globe

The Reason Eduardo Saverin Isn't Listed As One Of Facebook's Top Shareholders

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Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin sold some of his shares to Digital Sky Technologies, according to a new regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. At last report, Saverin was suspected to own around 5 percent of Facebook. But he was absent from Facebook's S-1 filing with the SEC....
The Reason Eduardo Saverin Isn't Listed As One Of Facebook's Top Shareholders

Xiaomi’s Huge Valuation Proves iPhone’s China Dominance Is Far From Assured

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Just in case you assumed Apple would eventually get a lock-down on the high-end smartphone market in China, don’t forget Xiaomi. According to reports, the homegrown company has just closed a round of financing that values it at $4 billion, with Yuri Milner’s Digital Sky Technologies rumored to be among the...
Xiaomi’s Huge Valuation Proves iPhone’s China Dominance Is Far From Assured

What’s really going on at Mail.ru?

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There’s no doubt that Mail.ru is one of Russia’s most powerful internet players. It has gone from being a struggling web firm in the late 1990s to a real Runet force — and helped boost the careers of many local entrepreneurs along the way. But has it reached a watershed...
What’s really going on at Mail.ru?
Yuri Milner: Meeting Mark Zuckerberg Was 'A Miracle'

With 2 million active app users, ICQ shifts strategic focus to mobile platforms

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Remember ICQ, the instant messaging service that was acquired by AOL back in 1998 and again in April 2010 by Digital Sky Technologies, now Mail.ru Group? Well, the service may be regarded a has-been in these parts, but ICQ is still around. Today, ICQ is launching the latest version of...
With 2 million active app users, ICQ shifts strategic focus to mobile platforms

Social Gaming: Legit Gameplay or a Play for Your Cash?

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There is a question being bandied about by people in the game industry. It effects something you do, or, if you don't, your friend, roommate, wife or fencing opponent does. Social gaming. Is social gaming - games played on social networks, like Facebook and MySpace - actually gaming? Millions of...
Social Gaming: Legit Gameplay or a Play for Your Cash?

DST’s Yuri Milner: Facebook Is Going To Be The Social Graph That Unifies All Civilization

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If you hadn’t heard of Russian Internet holding company Digital Sky Technologies one year ago, you probably weren’t alone. But last May — almost exactly one year ago — DST took the tech industry by storm with a $200 million investment in Facebook. It followed that up with a huge investment in...
DST’s Yuri Milner: Facebook Is Going To Be The Social Graph That Unifies All Civilization

Russian social network VKontakte puts IPO plans on hold after messy Facebook flotation

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Facebook’s recent stock flotation keeps making news (and, unfortunately, continues to prompt media worldwide to generate far more noise than signal). According to Reuters, Russian social network VKontakte has postponed its plans to go public ‘indefinitely’ after the Facebook IPO debacle, based on remarks made by its founder and CEO...
Russian social network VKontakte puts IPO plans on hold after messy Facebook flotation

Facebook appends its 2005 stock plan to its IPO filing in new amendment

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Facebook added a horde of documents to its filing for an initial public offering, including a copy of the 2005 stock plan. There are also some offer letters to executives, the five-year agreement with Zynga, an agreement from 2010 with Russia’s Digital Sky Technologies when the late-stage investment firm held...
Facebook appends its 2005 stock plan to its IPO filing in new amendment

Could Facebook Be Worth More Than Google At Time Of IPOs?

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When Google Inc. went public in the most spectacular IPO of the past decade, the search company was valued at about $23 billion. The number shot up to around $27 billion after the first day of trading. But venture-backed Facebook could be worth far more than that when it eventually...
Could Facebook Be Worth More Than Google At Time Of IPOs?

AOL Sells ICQ to Digital Sky Technologies - http://bit.ly/cbgVN4

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AOL Sells ICQ to Digital Sky Technologies - http://bit.ly/cbgVN4

Facebook IPO: Wall Street Wins, Muppets Lose, Yet Again

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By EconMatters We warned of a social network tech bubble 2.0 over a year ago due to the hype and overvaluation of Facebook based on the reported deals by  Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS) and a Russian investment firm–Digital Sky Technologies on the secondary gray market.  At that time, the two deals valued Facebook at about...
Facebook IPO: Wall Street Wins, Muppets Lose, Yet Again

Why Facebook and Silicon Valley owe it all to Moscow

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When Russia’s Digital Sky Technologies stepped in and spent $200 million on Facebook stock in 2009, it took many people by surprise. The company had been little known outside its home territory, but was suddenly making a name for itself with significant investments in Silicon Valley businesses — often at...
Why Facebook and Silicon Valley owe it all to Moscow

With 30,000 advertisers in 8 months, Video marketing platform Virool lures in $6.2 million "seed round"

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Virool co-founder Alex Debelov knew his paid video distribution platform — turning a profit shortly after launching– had tapped into a hungry market, but he didn’t realize exactly how hungry it was until he hired a salesperson. Eight months into the launch of Virool, and more than 30,000 small businesses,...
With 30,000 advertisers in 8 months, Video marketing platform Virool lures in $6.2 million "seed round"

Archive: Facebook Lands $200 Million

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The social networking site will tap Digital Sky Technologies for expansion funds in a deal valuing Facebook at $10 billion. Still no public issue...
Archive: Facebook Lands $200 Million

China Recap: A Glimpse at How the Internet is Reshaping the Middle Kingdom

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As I wrote yesterday, China’s Internet industry is at a fascinating juncture, emerging from the shadows of its copycat past and catapulting itself into a mobile future, one in which it will likely innovate in parallel alongside the best from Silicon Valley. Looking back on two months of reporting from...
China Recap: A Glimpse at How the Internet is Reshaping the Middle Kingdom

China's 360Buy picks up $400m Series D funding led by Twitter investor Alwaleed bin Talal

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360Buy, one of China’s top e-commerce sites, has received a $400 million investment from a consortium led by Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal. The prince’s Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) contributed roughly $125 million to purchase an undisclosed stake in the company. KHC had previously invested $300 million in Twitter. “This...
China's 360Buy picks up $400m Series D funding led by Twitter investor Alwaleed bin Talal

So where could DST spend its cool billion dollars?

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It’s no secret that Russian investor Yuri Milner — whose Digital Sky Technologies has been one of the prime movers in pumping up the Silicon Valley venture scene over the past few years — has been looking to invest more money. The Muscovite billionaire has been putting the pieces into...
So where could DST spend its cool billion dollars?

Facebook expands IPO with additional 83.8M shares from existing stockholders

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Facebook will make an additional 83.8 million shares available in an initial public offering on Friday, according to an eighth amendment to its S-1 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Most of these shares are being sold by existing stockholders Accel Partners, Digital Sky Technologies, Goldman Sachs, Greylock Partners, Mail.ru Group Limited,...
Facebook expands IPO with additional 83.8M shares from existing stockholders

YC alumnus Virool raises record $6.62m seed round to grow its video ad platform that has 30k users

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Self-service video advertising platform Virool has announced it raised a $6.62 million seed round from a slew of investors, including Thomvest Ventures, Menlo Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, the #DominateFund, FundersClub, and more. The company says that it will be working to expand adoption of its platform, a service that has...
YC alumnus Virool raises record $6.62m seed round to grow its video ad platform that has 30k users

FarmVille Wins Social Networking Game of the Year Award

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The 13th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards ceremony was held last night as part of the video game industry’s Dice Summit conference in Las Vegas, NV. Games.com reports that the top honor in the “Social Networking Game of the Year” category went to Zynga’s massively popular Facebook game FarmVille.It was...
FarmVille Wins Social Networking Game of the Year Award
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