In the drawn-out game of will-he, won’t-he, Pavel Durov, the founder of VKontakte.com, Russia’s top social network with over 100 million users, is now out for good from the company with an unceremonial dismissal conveyed via a newswire report. So what’s next? «I’m likely to start building a mobile social network this year,» Durov tells TechCrunch.
The idea, it seems, is to develop the new, un-named service outside of Russia. He didn’t say this, but I suspect the idea is to build on the groundwork Durov has already laid with Telegram, one of the new breed of mobile messaging apps that encrypt your data to keep it safe from prying eyes.
When we contacted Durov to ask about his future plans, he wrote back saying he was no longer in Russia.
«I’m out of Russia and have no plans to go back,» he wrote in the exchange. «Unfortunately, the country is incompatible with Internet…
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