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New service for Russian Google Drive

The Russian Internet giant Yandex has launched a new feature for its Cloud storage service Yandex.Disk, the "Russian Google Drive", that allows users to siphon their photos from Facebook, including the ones they’re tagged in, to the Cloud. In addition to Facebook, users can import photos from the Russian networks VK.com and Odnoklassniki. Support for Instagram is coming soon, Yandex announced.


Photo agencies and image banks on the radar screen

The feature, which is currently available only in the desktop version of Yandex.Disk, also works the other way around, letting users export their photos from the Cloud to the three supported social networks in a few clicks. The new feature is aimed not only at consumers but also at businesses like stock photo agencies or image banks, which could use it to simplify their workflows.


Launched in 2012, Yandex.Disk currently has 24 million registered users, about 5 million of which are not in Russia. It is available in English, Turkish, Russian and Ukrainian as a Web service, desktop app for Windows, OS X and Linux, as well as a mobile app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.


The CEO of Yandex.Money at ICT Spring Europe

Yandex.Money, a joint venture of Yandex and Sberbank, the largest bank in Eastern Europe, is the leading electronic payment service in Russia offering methods of paying online. The platform handles over 150,000 customer payments for goods and services daily. During 2013, Yandex.Money saw a 17% increase in payments for website building and hosting services among its users.


The CEO of Yandex.Money, Mariya Gracheva, will be one of the world-class lecturers present at ICT Spring Europe 2014 taking place at the New Conference Center of Luxembourg Kirchberg on 3rd & 4th July.


Mariya Gracheva started working in online advertising as far back as 1998. In 1999, she was already head of the advertising agency Breakth.ru, and in 2006 joined the Yandex.Money team as marketing director. Since 2011, she became business development director and has been responsible for the expansion of Yandex.Money’s services in and outside of Russia. Maria Gracheva became CEO of Yandex.Money in March, 2014.


For further information, please visit ICT Spring Europe's web site.


Michaël Renotte


Sources: The Next Web, ICT Spring Europe