Strategy

Naspers/Schibsted deal gets green light from EU

The European Commission (EC) approved the following parts of the major Naspers/Schibsted deal (more about the deal here and here) on Dec. 18: + The acquisition by Norway’s SnT Classifieds ANS of the online classified businesses of Naspers in Bangladesh and Chile; + The acquisition of joint control over the online classifieds businesses of Naspers in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam by...

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Naspers forges ahead with idea to befriend mobile operators

OLX, the general classifieds platform Naspers operates in more than 40 emerging economies around the world, highjacked the idea of Internet.org to get mobile operators to agree to free surfing on certain websites. Earlier this week OLX and Mobilink, a mobile operator in Pakistan, said they “have extended their partnership to provide free mobile browsing of all OLX website variants and...

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Daily Mail merges classified and display teams

Mail Advertising, the commercial arm of The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, has merged its classified and display advertising sales teams in a group restructure. The combined team of 120 people in London and 16 in Scotland and Manchester offices will be led by Rosemary Gorman, the group’s advertising director. The restructure follows an internal review conducted by Boston Consulting Group,...

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When penguins turn into audience eaters…

We want to draw the attention of site operators to this and this blog post on audience stats site SimilarWeb.com about Google’s anti-spam tools, and specifically the recently introduced and updated Penguin 3.0, which can (if your site carries “spam-suspect” links) hit your visitor stats quite dramatically. If, on the other hand, Google’s Penguin likes your links, your...

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Court bans Swedish real estate agent merger

A district court in Stockholm which handles competition cases today prohibited Swedbank, owner of Fastighetsbyrån, the biggest real estate chain in Sweden, from buying the second biggest real estate chain called Svensk Fastighetsförmedling. We do not yet know whether the decision will be appealed in a higher court, but if the ruling stands, the dominating real estate site Hemnet.se will not...

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Axel Springer gets green light for @Leisure deal (with update)

The Bundeskartellamt, Germany’s anti-trust authority, approved the acquisition of a controlling stake (51 percent) by Axel Springer in Amsterdam-based @Leisure Group. The existing shareholders of @Leisure will hold on to their 49-percent stake. Axel Springer’s investment in @Leisure complements the businesses it already owns in the travel market, such as Travelbook.de, Flug.idealo.de and...

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