Wednesday, December 11, 2019
President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill demanding Russian-made software to be pre-installed on any electronic device sold in the country, RIA Novosti reports. Big tech companies operating in Russia have opposed the legislation and petitioned the Kremlin against it, arguing it would harm consumers and possibly force...
FaceApp, the Russian-made mobile application that went viral this year, is a potential national security threat to the U.S., the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has said, according to BBC News. The app, which takes photos and adds effects that can make people look older or add a smile to...
The Russian franchise of the Singapore-based crypto exchange Huobi has launched Russian ruble deposits and will soon have its own token listing service, Bitcoin Exchange Guide reports. Starting Thursday, users of Huobi Russia have an option to deposit Russian rubles on their balances via bank transfers, the exchange announced Thursday at...
A major industry body of the biggest technology companies operating in Russia has written a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin over a controversial new law demanding pre-installed Russian software on smartphones, Vedomosti reports. The body, which includes giants Google, Apple and Samsung, says the new law will force major...
The biggest bank in Russia, state-run Sberbank, has made yet another foray into technology and added driverless cars to its list of ventures, by teaming up with software company Cognitive Technologies, Reuters reported on Thursday. Sberbank and the AI transport developer have signed a legally binding document to create a new...
U.S. tech giant Apple has complied with Russian demands to show the annexed Crimean Peninsula as part of Russian territory on its apps, sparking angry reactions from Ukraine, Forbes reports. Location-based applications by Apple began displaying the Crimea Peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014 drawing international condemnation, as part of the...
Smartphone prices in Russia may surge in 2020, and the available range might decrease if a law on mandatory pre-installation of Russian software on gadgets comes into force, market participants told Izvestia. Last week, the State Duma adopted the legislative act in the third reading. Experts and market players polled...
Russian telecoms operator MTS has reached 2,971,000 residential subscribers to its TV services in the home market, 118,000 more than a year earlier, Broadband TV News reported. Meanwhile, the number of residential internet customers, also in the company’s fixed-line business, grew by 191,000 to 3,373,000 over the same period. At the same...
A Russian business group describing itself as an “Entrepreneurs Association for the Development of Business Patriotism” is asking Russia’s Parliament to introduce mandatory government registration for Internet access, TASS reports. The head of the Avanti organization, Rakhman Yansukov, proposes that anyone who wants to go online in Russia should verify their identity...
Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank, has announced the creation of an Artificial Intelligence alliance including internet majors Yandex and Mail.ru, mobile operator MTS, oil company Gazprom Neft, and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Vedomosti reported citing the lender’s CEO German Gref. Sberbank is a digital innovation frontrunner and is already planning its...