Google May Face Another Turnover Fine in Russia, Warns Russian Regulator

Alphabet’s Google may face a fine of 5-10 percent of its turnover in Russia for what the state communications regulator said on Wednesday was a repeated failure to delete banned content, including “misleading information” on YouTube about events in Ukraine. This is the second fine based on a percentage of turnover that Google could face […]

Microsoft Alleges Russian Spies of Targeting Ukraine’s Allies Including US

Coinciding with unrelenting cyberattacks against Ukraine, state-backed Russian hackers have engaged in “strategic espionage” against governments, think tanks, businesses and aid groups in 42 countries supporting Kyiv, Microsoft said in a report on Wednesday. “Since the start of the war, the Russian targeting (of Ukraine’s allies) has been successful 29 percent of the time,” Microsoft […]

ESA Expects NASA Support After Mars Mission Suspended Due to Ukraine War

The European Space Agency (ESA) said on Wednesday that it expects strong support from its US counterpart NASA after the European agency’s plans to cooperate with Russia on a Mars research mission were suspended due to the Ukraine war. ESA said in March that it was suspending cooperation with Russia’s Roscosmos space agency on their […]

Facebook Owner Meta Loses Appeal Over ‘Extremist Activity’ Tag: Report

A Moscow court on Monday rejected an appeal brought by Meta Platforms after it was found guilty of “extremist activity” in Russia in March, the TASS news agency reported. Russia restricted access to Meta‘s flagship platforms Facebook and Instagram, as well as fellow social network Twitter, in the wake of Moscow sending tens of thousands […]

ESA, Russia’s Roscosmos Hold Talks Over ExoMars Rover Mission

The European Space Agency (ESA) said on Monday it has held talks with Russia’s Roscosmos space agency over the ExoMars rover mission to search for signs of life on the surface of Mars. The ESA’s press office confirmed the talks in an emailed statement, but gave no indication of the outcome. An update could follow […]

China’s smartphone makers dominate Russian market share: Report

China’s market share in the Russian smartphone market jumped significantly in May as manufacturers like Apple and Samsung paused new sales in Russia and Western sanctions weighed on the Russian economy. Chinese manufacturers Xiaomi, Realme and Honor accounted for 42 percent of Russia’s smartphone sales in May 2022, according to data from mobile network MTS […]

EU Unclear on Ban of Cloud Services in Russia Amid Invasion of Ukraine

The European Union is working on a possible ban on the provision of cloud services to Russia as part of new sanctions against the Kremlin for the invasion of Ukraine, an EU official told Reuters on Wednesday, noting the measure was technically complex. If introduced, it is unclear how the EU ban would affect Russia, […]

IBM to Reportedly Wind Down Russian Operation, to Lay Off Employees

International Business Machines (IBM) is winding down its business in Russia and has started to lay off its employees in the country, according to a memo to staff sent last week and emailed to Reuters on Tuesday. After Russia invaded Ukraine in February, IBM joined hundreds of other companies in suspending business in the country. […]

Netflix Completes Withdraws From Russia Amid Ukraine War

Russian subscribers have lost access to streaming giant Netflix in the latest pullout of a Western company over the conflict in Ukraine. The Netflix site and apps were no longer available from Friday and a Netflix spokesperson confirmed that subscribers no longer had access. “This is the fulfilment of the withdrawal from the Russian market” […]

Russia’s VK Launches Home-Made App Store to Replace Western Rivals

Russian internet group VK launched a home-made app store on Wednesday, the latest in a Kremlin-endorsed drive to create a raft of domestic digital services to replace Western rivals. VK, often dubbed “Russia’s Facebook”, said a beta version of the store, named RuStore, would be available for Android users from Wednesday. Apple and Alphabet’s Google, […]

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