Yandex Acquires Single Sign-In Service Loginza

Steve O'Hear
Thursday, January 27, 2011; 1:35 AM

Russian search engine Yandex has acquired Loginza, a local startup whose service allows developers to implement user authentication via the likes of Facebook, Twitter or OpenID-supported sites, without additional registration. Terms of the deal, which came about through Yandex's ?open days for startups?, an initiative as part of the Yandex.Start program, remain undisclosed.As noted, Loginza's single sign-in plugin supports authentication via Facebook and Twitter, along with Blogger, WordPress, VeriSign, AOL, Yahoo!, Flickr,, LiveJournal, myOpenID and OpenID. It also supports authorization schemes of a number of Russian services: Yandex, Mail.Ru, Vkontakte, Rambler, WebMoney, and Loginza itself.

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