Rambler Media plans to bid for AOL’s ICQ instant-messaging service
Rambler Media, the internet media and services group which operates Rambler.ru, on-line newspaper ‘Lenta.ru’,plans to bid for AOL’s [[AOL]] ICQ instant-messaging service . Other properties owned by Rambler Media include the leading online Russian language news publisher ‘Lenta.ru’ (www.lenta.ru), product comparison website ‘Price.ru’ (www.price.ru), internet catalogue and navigation system ‘Top 100’ and contextual advertising company ‘Begun’.
Rambler Media works with AOL since the summer of 2005, under which Rambler has the exclusive right to sell ads for the Russian-speaking audience of ICQ.
Yandex, Russia’s largest search engine, South African media giant Naspers, and Russian investment group Digital Sky Technologies (Mail.ru, “Odnoklassniki.ru” etc.), are also interested in acquiring ICQ.
ICQ is an online media company providing communication tools, content and services to an online community of millions of users worldwide. ICQ was established in 1996 under the name Mirabilis, is now wholly owned by AOL LLC. [[AOL]]. ICQ took the internet by storm.
ICQ, the pioneer of Instant Messaging (IM), is today a Cross-Platform Communication Center (CPCC) and an inseparable part of the daily lives of millions of users worldwide. The company’s robust instant messaging software, enhanced communication features and services are available in 16 languages free of charge at www.icq.com. ICQ’s young and enthusiastic users form a loyal online community that enjoys the full range of communication tools and a variety of premium services and content.