Turkish Yandex

Mozilla makes Yandex the default search engine for Firefox in Turkey

Earlier this week Yandex.Turkey and Mozilla Corporation announced that Yandex will be the default search engine for Turkish language versions of Firefox on mobile and desktop, starting with Firefox’s next update, planned for this week.

“The agreement is part of Mozilla’s new strategy to promote choice by making locally relevant search engines the default in various countries. Introducing Yandex’s enhanced search experience to Firefox users on Windows, Mac, Linux and Android is part of this strategy,” the corporation stated.

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Report: ISIS hackers attacked 600 Russian Internet resources in 2014

Hackers from the self-proclaimed Islamic State attacked 600 Russian Internet resources last year, according to a report by Russian Internet security company  Group-IB.

The research used the Bot-Trek Cyber Intelligence technology, which is intended to track preparation and implementation of cyber attacks. According to preliminary estimates, several banks, construction companies, plants, governmental organizations and even research centers and schools were targeted.

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Russia’s SBT Venture Capital invests in Californian provider of e-commerce risk management solutions

Earlier this week SBT Venture Capital, the venture arm of Russia’s national savings bank Sberbank, announced that it has invested in IdentityMind Global, a Palo Alto, California-based provider of risk management solutions for e-commerce.

Also participating in the round – the amount of which has not been disclosed – were Benhamou Global Ventures, Cybernaut Venture Capital and Lakewood & Company, the SBT press service told East-West Digital News.

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Foreign software giants struggle to keep market share in Russia as government favors domestic providers

Russia’s Ministry of Telecommunications recently developed a draft decree limiting the procurement of foreign software. The ministry intends to establish a register of domestic software developers and oblige state agencies and state-owned companies to buy software only from those on the list.

If the registry is missing the necessary software or it does not fit some criteria, organizations will be able to purchase from foreign counterparts, but they will have to submit a written justification, reported Russian business daily Kommersant.

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GVA LaunchGurus aims to introduce Silicon Valley practices to Russian startup ecosystem

Earlier this month GVA LaunchGurus launched the eighth edition of its accelerator program, the “GVA Accelerator – Startup Academy,” with the participation of 26 high-tech professionals and entrepreneurs. The 10-week program aims to strengthen their projects by providing new skills, business connections and fund-raising opportunities.

Among the teachers and business coaches involved in the program is Bob Dorf, co-author of the best selling “Startups Owners Manual,” who shared his vision and methodologies on customer development as well as product design and profitability.

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Telecom regulator Roskomnadzor cuts off staff, decreases salaries while fields of responsibility expand

Last week, the Russian Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications (Roskomnadzor) announced that the salaries of its staff are being reduced this year “from 23% to 54%, depending on the region,” news agency TASS reported. 

For example, “a Roskomnadzor employee who received last year 50,000 or 55,000 rubles [around $1,350 at the average 2014 exchange rate] may now receive 25,000 or 27,000 [around $425 today],” TASS cited Roskomnadzor vice-director Alexander Pankov as saying. A regional executive may have seen his salary fall from 114,000 rubles to a mere 43,000 rubles, he continued.

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Victor Dostov

Victor Dostov of Russia’s Electronic Money association: “A ban is not the way to handle the risks cryptocurrencies pose”

Dr. Victor Dostov is one of the leading experts and managers in Russian retail payment sectors. He has served as the President of the Russian Electronic Money Association since 2009.

Considering his extensive track record and experience in pioneering digital payments in Russia, CoinTelegraph could not pass up the opportunity to ask Victor some questions on Bitcoin in Russia and get his thoughts on the proposed legislation banning cryptocurrencies and all related information in the world’s biggest country.

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Mobile World Congress

Top tech players and 1,300 visitors from Russia attended Mobile World Congress 2014

Earlier this month a variety of Russian companies and more than 1,300 Russian visitors attended Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress. Among the exhibitors were A1 Systems, Jet Infosystems, Peter Services, Protei, Start, Svyazcom, Yandex and Skolkovo.

On Day 1, the Vedomosti publishing house organised a Russian breakfast, “Telecom 2015 – investments in new technologies,” which hosted Ms Svetlana Shamzon, Vice-President of TKK, and Ksenia Yolkina, International Business Director at Yandex Start.

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Russian startup sets new trend in global yacht rental market

Well known and practiced in the fields of car and apartment sharing, the booming sharing economy also applies to the global yacht rental market. Pioneering this trend is Anchor.Travel, a Russian startup launched last year by Russian entrepreneurs Sergei Medvedev and Stanislav Kharlamov.

Competing with the American Boatbound.com and the French Sailsharing.com, Anchor.Travel has a database interface that uses a map with the yachts positioned in their various locations.

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USRIC

Acceleration program advances US-Russia innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization

Washington, D.C. – Three education technology startups from Russia traveled to the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore regions on March 2-12 as part of the U.S.-Russia Innovation Corridor (USRIC) program.

Administered by American Councils for International Education and funded by the US-Russia Foundation, USRIC connects Russian startups to universities, scientists, business development experts, industry associations, and customers in the U.S. with the goal of accelerating commercial activity and creating win-win economic partnerships.

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