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The First Video Interview With Facebook's New Russian Investor, Plus COO Sheryl Sandberg

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Because a lot of tech’s big shots are converging on our seventh D: All Things Digital conference, BoomTown managed to grab Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Alexander Tamas, one of the key execs of the social-networking site’s newest megainvestor, Digital Sky Technologies.

Here’s my video interview with them about the $200 million that the Moscow- and London-based DST announced today that it had invested in Facebook, at a $10 billion valuation.

The pair are queried about the investment, the valuation, the advertising prospects for the Silicon Valley-based Facebook, competitors and when the IPO might come.

Sandberg also offers to buy the All Things Digital empire with Facebook’s piles of new cash. We said: Nyet! (with a shoe pounding on table for emphasis).

Here’s the video:


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