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Yandex Ups Mobile Position In Deals With Microsoft, SPB Software

Yandex, Russia's No. 1 search engine, continues to shore up its position in mobile markets after buying SPB Software, which provides software for most mobile phone platforms, and signing a separate deal with Microsoft.Unconfirmed reports put the acquisiton at $38 million, but company executives declined to comment on the amount.

Yandex will use SPB's technology to integrate cloud services. Arkady Borkovsky, Yandex CTO, told MediaPost: "It's part of our growth strategy. It will create new market opportunities through the technology and the talent."


Results of National Geographic Russia Contest ‘Wildlife of Russia’

Under the auspices of the Russian Geographic Society, National Geographic Russia magazine held its first national photography contest from May 1 to Oct. 1, 2011. The results of the contest were announced on Nov. 2, 2011, at the opening of an exhibition by the same name.

Russian Geographic Society president Sergei Shoigu greeted the assembled guests. He noted that it had been extremely difficult to choose the winners, in part because Russia is so rich in breathtaking scenery. Shoigu expressed admiration for the photographers’ talent and pointed out that many had started out as hunters, only to later learn the art of nature photography — a positive trend.


Cosmopolitan and ICQ

The Cosmopolitan magazine website,, and ICQ have created a special Internet messenger designed for fashionable and stylish young women. The exclusive design, video and audio capabilities, quick access to key projects and much more make this new ICQ messenger an indispensable online aid for today’s Internet users.


Allure Magazine to launch in Russia

Allure has become the leading beauty media brand in the world since it was launched in the United States in 1991, saysCond? Nast International. Russia will become the third market for Allure, joining the US title, which has a circulation of just over 1.1 million, and Korea, where Allure was launched in 2003. In addition to the printed title, there will be an Allure website and digital products.


The Russian Federation Laws will be also officially published on the Internet from now on

According to the Kremlin press service, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the law making online publication (on the official internet portal of legal information - of the full text of new legal documents official.

This law adds one more way to officially publish new legislative acts. Now in addition to publishing the new legal documents in the "Parliamentary newspaper" and "Russian newspaper", they can also be officially published online. The legislative acts can only take effect after they are officially published.