6 of 6
BACKNEXT
Yandex
Yandex
What it is: The "Google of Russia," Yandex is the largest Internet company and leading search Web site in Russia and its surrounding countries.

Why Google should buy it: Like Baidu in China, Yandex has relegated Google to a distant second in another fast-growing market, Russia. Yandex's search engine has been able to master the wildly complex Russian language much better than Google's engine, so the quality of Google's Russian language results leaves much to be desired. And Yandex is eagerly looking to expand to the United States, building an office in Mountain View, Calif. close to Google's headquarters.

Why Google shouldn't buy it: Yandex won't come cheap, and since it is a mature business, it may be getting a little late for Google to scoop it up.

Will it happen? Wait 'till next year. The financial crisis hurt Yandex's ability to launch an initial public offering, and a financial white knight may be an attractive alternative. But Yandex will probably will want to see how it performs in the global markets before it will listen to deals.

NEXT
Last updated January 02 2010: 8:02 AM ET
Email | Print | Share  |  RSS
 
google my aol my msn my yahoo! netvibes
Paste this link into your favorite RSS desktop reader
See all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close)
More Galleries
Cool cars from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show These are some of the stand-out cars and trucks on display at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. More
Yahoo: 20 years of hits and flops The company that once was Google turns 20. We look back at the many, many brands it has cycled through. Remember Geocities? Broadcast.com? More
10 big dot-com flops Remember Pets.com? The Nasdaq is roaring back towards its all-time high. Here are some of the biggest dot-com busts from the last time the Nasdaq topped 5,000. More

Special Offer