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'Russian Facebook' delays IPO, cites Facebook IPO woes

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The ongoing fallout from Facebook's much-maligned initial public offering appears to have spread beyond the American stock market, as popular Russian social networking site VKontakte has announced that it would be delaying its own planned IPO. According to Russian newspaper Gazeta, VKontakte officials specifically noted the impact of Facebook's IPO...
'Russian Facebook' delays IPO, cites Facebook IPO woes

Mail.ru kills its Twitter killer, wants a bigger slice of VK

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In January 2012, I reported how the big Russian portal operator Mail.ru was aping Chinese peers by launching its own microblog service. Whilst China’s Twitter clones have flourished, as it approaches its first anniversary, Mail.ru’s Futubra is to be closed. According to a message on the website: “Every day since launch,...
Mail.ru kills its Twitter killer, wants a bigger slice of VK

Opera's State of the Mobile Web report shows Facebook's still stomping the competition

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Opera has released its latest report on key trends for the worldwide mobile web. The State of the Mobile Web analysis is released every month and the new report provides interesting maps of social network popularity on a global scale. As you might expect, the study shows that the social...
Opera's State of the Mobile Web report shows Facebook's still stomping the competition

Vkontakte is in hot water over its refusal to introduce same-sex relationship status options

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Vkontakte, Russia’s version of Facebook, is being heavily criticised by LGBT groups over its refusal to add relationship marker options for same-sex relationships. According to the Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty site, the problem was highlighted when a male user wrote to administrators for the site requesting an option to...
Vkontakte is in hot water over its refusal to introduce same-sex relationship status options

A 27-Year-Old Russian Worth $250 Million Spent The Weekend Throwing Cash Out His Windowo (FB)

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27-year-old Russian entrepreneur Pavel Durov has a few things going for him. He is the CEO of Vkontakte, Russia's largest social network, which has around 120 million users. On his Vkontakte profile, he calls himself single, libertarian, pastafarian, and inspired by Steve Jobs and Che Guevara. Russia Today reports that Durov spent...
A 27-Year-Old Russian Worth $250 Million Spent The Weekend Throwing Cash Out His Windowo (FB)

Russian Appeals Court Says Popular Social Network vKontakte Is Liable For File Sharing By Users

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The Russian social network site vKontakte is often called "The Facebook of Russia," in large part because it looks a lot like Facebook. It's incredibly popular across the Russian-speaking region (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, etc.). However, for years, the entertainment industry has argued that the main reason it's so popular is...
Russian Appeals Court Says Popular Social Network vKontakte Is Liable For File Sharing By Users

Russia’s Mail.Ru booked $208m in profits – on $515m in revenues – last year

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Mail.Ru Group this morning posted preliminary, unaudited earnings for both the second half and full year of 2011, days after fellow Russian Internet giant Yandex reported its financial results. Mail.Ru, which operates an Internet portal, social networks, IM services and online gaming properties targeting Russian-speaking countries, saw aggregated revenues of...
Russia’s Mail.Ru booked $208m in profits – on $515m in revenues – last year

Russia’s state piracy monitor could empower copyright owners

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In a land whose leading social network includes baked-in file-sharing, the government seems keen on encouraging a legal digital media ecosystem. Russian multi-media portal store Muz.ru says it has built, for the Ministry of Communication, a prototype system to alert copyright owners to illegal distribution of their audio, video, e-books...
Russia’s state piracy monitor could empower copyright owners

The idea is only half the battle: Stop complaining about copycats

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Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery — but it’s also an incredible way to make money off the successes of others. Around the web in today’s day and age, clones of popular global sites and businesses are everywhere, and the trend doesn’t seem to show any signs of...
The idea is only half the battle: Stop complaining about copycats

ITU: There Are Now Over 1 Billion Users Of Social Media Worldwide, Most On Mobile

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What does it mean when Facebook says it has 901 million monthly active users on its network? According to figures out from the International Telecommunication Union, it effectively signifies that Facebook is the world’s largest social network by a very long shot. The ITU says in a new report that...
ITU: There Are Now Over 1 Billion Users Of Social Media Worldwide, Most On Mobile

It's complicated: Mail.Ru Group may decide to sell its stake in Vkontakte

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In less than three weeks, Mail.Ru Group has mysteriously changed its attitude to the largest Russian social network, Vkontakte (VK) — from a desperate desire to increase its stake to considering selling the 40% it already owns. The news about Mail.Ru Group considering selling its stake in Vkontakte originated with...
It's complicated: Mail.Ru Group may decide to sell its stake in Vkontakte

The DLD Conference heads to moscow with top-notch speakers in tow

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The Digital-Life-Design (DLD) conference is making a leap into emerging markets to hold an event at the end of the month in Moscow. Naturally, Russia’s digital giants will be in attendance; Dmitry Grishin, CEO of Mail.Ru, Pavel Durov, CEO of Vkontakte and Arkady Volozh CEO at Yandex will take to the stage...
The DLD Conference heads to moscow with top-notch speakers in tow

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

Trustev Tackles E-Commerce Identity Fraud With An Online Fingerprint Made From Social Signals And More

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Trustev, a Startup Battlefield company presenting today at TC Disrupt NY 2013, has developed a product to tackle online fraud using an algorithmic system of social signals, behavioural data and transaction history to create a “digital fingerprint” that lets companies verify that you are who you say you are when...
Trustev Tackles E-Commerce Identity Fraud With An Online Fingerprint Made From Social Signals And More

Facebook addresses threat of Google, other competitors

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Facebook identified a number of competitors, namely Google, in its filing for an initial public offering today. The Securities and Exchange Commission requires a company to describe all the risk factors associated with investing in its business before it goes public. One of these issues for Facebook is “significant competition”...
Facebook addresses threat of Google, other competitors
Bahrain and Belarus new "Enemies of the Internet," says Reporters Without Borders

Russia’s Facebook is ‘holding back’ digital music

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The music industry is battling to stop piracy through Russia’s largest social network so that it can turn the country from a digital backwater in to a top music market. vKontakte, which is often called a Facebook copycat for its similar features and design, includes built-in file sharing. In a...
Russia’s Facebook is ‘holding back’ digital music

New fund Third Rome Black River Ventures is set to invest up to $50m in Russian startups

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The Third Rome investment company from Russia has entered the local venture market with its newly created fund Third Rome Black River Ventures (TR BR), focusing on local startups in the fields of e-commerce, digital content, online ticket reservations, social media, mobile and cloud technologies, and online advertising. Following long...
New fund Third Rome Black River Ventures is set to invest up to $50m in Russian startups

Despite record donations, half of Wikipedia users don’t know it’s not-for-profit

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At the DLD Conference in Munich last month, Pavel Durov – creator of Russian social network Vkontakte — pledged his support to Wikipedia live on stage, announcing he would donate a cool $1 million dollars to the online encyclopaedia, representing one of the largest contributions the website has received since it...
Despite record donations, half of Wikipedia users don’t know it’s not-for-profit

Vkontakte's Pavel Durov says he was offered Formspring, but refused to buy it

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The founder of the Vkontakte Russian social network, Pavel Durov, has revealed that he was approached by the creator of Formspring and given the chance to buy the Q&A service. Russian website Roem.ru has spotted a discussion about Formspring in the social network Vkontakte, where Pavel Durov has written, in Russian, that...
Vkontakte's Pavel Durov says he was offered Formspring, but refused to buy it

Liability For Users May Be Worldwide Russian Roulette For Online Services

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The Russian social network vKontakte has been held liable in a copyright case for the second time this year. Music label Gala successfully claimed damages again, because vKontakte's users are able to (and do) upload its music and videos to the social network. This series of court cases may have...
Liability For Users May Be Worldwide Russian Roulette For Online Services

Record companies score infringement victory over "Russian Facebook"

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Russia's version of Facebook, vKontakte—a social media platform with 135 million accounts across Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Belarus—has lost its court appeal seeking to overturn an earlier ruling against it stating that the company was infringing copyright by allowing file-sharing services to integrate with vKontakte's user-uploaded media libraries. On May 17,...
Record companies score infringement victory over "Russian Facebook"

Has Russia's VKontakte Social Network Betrayed Its Users? Or Is It Under Attack For Defending Them?

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We last wrote about the Russian social network site VKontakte, often called "The Facebook of Russia," a year ago. Since then, lots of bad stuff has been happening in Russia as a part of clampdown on online activity there, and now VKontakte is back in the news, with a...
Has Russia's VKontakte Social Network Betrayed Its Users? Or Is It Under Attack For Defending Them?

The 15 Sexiest Programmers Alive 2012!

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Think beauties can't code? Think coders can't be beautiful? Think again. WARNING: The contents of this slideshow are hot.Pavel Durov, Russia's Zuckerberg, CEO of Vkontakte Pavel is 27 years old and spent last weekend throwing money out of his office window. Plus, he recently published a manifesto urging Russia to...
The 15 Sexiest Programmers Alive 2012!

Mail.ru launches own web browser to rival IE

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Just as the European Commission is preparing to charge Microsoft for not giving Windows users choice of web browser, Russian web service Mail.ru is launching its own browser. Launched on Thursday to alpha testers, the “Amigo” browser includes a persistent sidebar that lets users use Mail.ru’s own MyWorld social service, its email...
Mail.ru launches own web browser to rival IE

Mail.Ru launches 'social' browser Amigo to increase the heat on Opera, Google in Russia

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Russian Internet giant Mail.Ru is taking aim at Opera, Google and other top browser makers after it launched Amigo, a socially-integrated Web browser aimed at increasing its share of the domestic Internet market. News of the ‘social’ browser, which is initially available to would-be testers in alpha mode, comes just six...
Mail.Ru launches 'social' browser Amigo to increase the heat on Opera, Google in Russia

Yandex.Factory Seed Funding Bears Fruit: SocialMart Launches Social Shopping With Yandex.Market

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It’s not a given that a leader in search can successfully pivot into other areas like social media — just ask Google — but a new service launching in Russia today, from that country’s search leader Yandex, shows one route a company with a lot of smarts can take to...
Yandex.Factory Seed Funding Bears Fruit: SocialMart Launches Social Shopping With Yandex.Market

Error blacklists Russian 'Facebook'

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Russia's most popular social network, VKontakte, is temporarily blacklisted by mistake - and some users find it blocked....
Error blacklists Russian 'Facebook'

‘Russia’s Facebook’ loses: court confirms it breaks copyright

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Facebook may have just scored a potential victory in Russia. The country’s most popular social network, vKontakte, has lost its court appeal against an earlier ruling that its feature integrating with file-sharing software breaches copyright. The case was brought by subsidiaries of EMI, which complained that vKontakte users were sharing...
‘Russia’s Facebook’ loses: court confirms it breaks copyright

Yandex processes 2 million+ people searches daily, debuts ‘social search program’

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Yandex, Russia’s biggest Internet search and related services company, this morning announced the launch of a ‘social search program’ (note: links to page in Russian), aiming to inject content and account information from a wide variety of local and international social networks into its search results over time. Of course,...
Yandex processes 2 million+ people searches daily, debuts ‘social search program’
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