Tuesday, 23.04.2019
U.S.-based social media companies Facebook and Twitter have nine months to move Russian users' data onto servers in Russia or risk being blocked in the country, Russia’s communications watchdog Roskomnadzor has said, according to Interfax. The agency’s head Aleksandr Zharov said he hoped the companies would comply with Russian data law and...
Representatives of U.S.-based e-book service Apple Books have visited Russia and held meetings with major Russian publishers, according to top managers from three publishing houses who spoke to Vedomosti. The U.S. company’s delegation was interested in finding out all the details about the Russian e-book market, including its prospects...
Russia’s State Duma, the lower chamber of parliament, has adopted controversial legislation on Tuesday that would expand government control over the internet, RBC reports. A total of 307 lawmakers voted in favor of the law, while only 68 voted against it. In the coming days, it will likely be approved...
Some 74% of Russian citizens have heard or know something about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, a new survey conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) has shown, according to News.ru. According to the survey, only one-third of Russians do not think Bitcoin is a viable investment. Keeping with the...
Multinational buyout firm Pamplona Capital Management, which has been backed by Russian billionaire Mikhail Friedman, is seeking to sell its stake in U.S. cybersecurity firm Cofense Inc following a year-long probe by U.S. national security regulators, the Wall Street Journal reports. Pamplona bought a minority stake in Cofense, which...
Russian mobile operator MobileTeleSystems (MTS) is involved in negotiations on the purchase of online streaming service Ivi.ru, RBC reports citing unnamed sources. The reported price of the deal for 36% of the popular streaming company is 20 billion rubles ($309million), according to the news outlet. Analysts at Sberbank CIB commented...
The total value of the Russian games industry was $1.7 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach $2.1 billion by 2020, says a new report published by ResearchAndMarkets.com. According to the “Russia Animation, VFX & Games Industry: Strategies, Trends & Opportunities” report, mobile & hand-held games are the fastest...
Russia has regularly disrupted Global Positioning System (GPS) signals as part of its security practices in the past 12 years, a new report by non-profit Center for Advanced Defense (C4ADS) reveals, according to the BBC. The report by the think tank documents almost 10,000 separate GPS spoofing incidents conducted by...
Russian social network VKontakte (VK), known as Russia’s version of Facebook, wants to create a cryptocurrency that all its users can implement, RNS reports. According to the news website, an unspecified person familiar with the company’s plans said that the project involves the creation of individual cryptocurrency accounts for...
Some providers of VPN (virtual private network) services have begun pulling their Russian servers in response to an ultimatum by Russia’s state telecommunications agency Roskomnadzor to connect their systems to the watchdog's blacklist of banned websites, Technadu.com reports. On Thursday, Russia's online regulator, Roskomnadzor, said it had written to 10...