Serbian politicians spent €1.4bn on social media promotion since 2019

bne IntelliNews November 29, 2022

Ruling SNS is the biggest spender as Serbian politicians and parties increasingly reach out to voters on social media rather than traditional channels.

Slovenia’s ruling Freedom Movement quits Twitter after Elon Musk takeover

bne IntelliNews November 27, 2022

Party fears Twitter will "open the door to indecent communication and hate speech".

More than 80 Ukrainian Web3 startups raise $1bn over the past four years

East West Digital News in Kyiv November 24, 2022

While Ukraine ranks third worldwide in the 2022 Global Crypto Adoption Index, Web3 startups with roots in this country have raised nearly $1bn in investments over the past four years

Slush revokes €1mn tech prize for UK start-up Immigram because founders are Russians

Anna Arutunyan November 24, 2022

The Slush 100 programme is a pitching competition for tech startups in their early stages of development but this year's winners of a €1mn prize, UK registered Immigram, was stripped of its award simply because its founders are Russian.

Turkmen women issued ‘Botox bans’ on flying by airport officers running facial recognition software

bne IntelIiNews November 23, 2022

Move follows criticism authorities have adopted ‘Taliban-style’ restrictions on tight-fitting clothes, dyed hair and beauty accessories such as false nails or eyelashes.

Hitachi's GlobalLogic acquires Romanian IT firm Fortech

bne IntelliNews November 22, 2022

Acquiring Fortech, one of Romania’s largest independent digital engineering firms, is part of GlobalLogic’s strategy to establish a wider European footprint.

Luxoft opens development centre in Serbia, Yandex to follow

bne IntelliNews November 20, 2022

International IT companies that have quit the Russian market setting up in Serbia alongside Russian tech companies.

Asia-to-Europe Digital Silk Way investors to lay ‘internet corridor’ across bottom of Caspian Sea

Aida Kadyrzhanova in Almaty November 17, 2022

Fibre-optic lines crucial part of project set to benefit up to 1.8bn people from Frankfurt to Mumbai.

Serbian president’s Chechen outfit sparks Twitter spat between top politicians

bne IntelliNews November 17, 2022

European Parliament rapporteur Viola von Cramon in online row with Serbian PM Ana Brnabic after questioning Belgrade’s commitment to EU values.

Data shows Turkey undisputed world leader in cryptocurrency trading

Akin Nazli in Belgrade November 16, 2022

Crypto exchange app adoption per 100,000 people highest among Turks, Bank of International Settlements study shows.

Former Tinkoff head rebuffs “libellous” allegations by billionaire banker Oleg Tinkov

Theo Normanton in London November 5, 2022

The former CEO of digital bank Tinkoff has taken to his blog to rebut allegations from the bank's former owner that he is continuing to work for the bank in breach of sanctions.

Revenues from online sales in Slovenia up 42% in 2021

bne IntelliNews November 3, 2022

2021 was another year with substantial growth of online sales in Slovenia, following the record set in 2020 during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Income at Mobile Communications of Iran slumps 21% m/m amid regime’s internet blackouts

bne IntelIiNews October 31, 2022

Former communications minister warns stock market value of Iranian telecom sector in danger of dropping sharply, with serious liquidity problems possibly ahead.

Erdogan unveils the Togg, first made-in-Turkey EV

bne IntelIiNews October 31, 2022

Ahead of elections, president will hope to present car as a Turkish economic success story. But at roughly €50,000, it is unaffordable to most Turks.

Sandberg Capital acquires majority stake in Hungary's Green Fox Academy

bne IntelliNews October 25, 2022

Budapest-headquartered Green Fox Academy offers online and on-campus classes for people who want to start a career in IT.

Kosovo’s KEDS deploys drones to monitor power distribution network

bne IntelliNews October 24, 2022

The drones were activated above the Keqekolla and Restelica 10 kV lines, where the mountainous terrain is difficult to monitor from the ground.

Dewesoft to build high-tech park in Slovenia’s Trbovlje

bne IntelliNews October 24, 2022

City of Acrobats high-tech park to create hundreds of jobs in former mining and industrial centre.

Abris-backed Alsendo invests in Romanian SaaS specialist Innoship

bne IntelliNews October 19, 2022

Deal to help drive Alsendo’s transition from reselling into a technology-driven, SaaS-focused business model.

Internet wipeout used by Iran regime to counter protests shuts 300,000 e-commerce stores

bne IntelIiNews October 13, 2022

Also amid information war, top Iranian actress upset at authorities’ use of her image on poster.

Serbia’s Ananas E-commerce acquires Macedonian e-trade platforms

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 10, 2022

Ananas aims to offer the largest online marketplace in North Macedonia as it pursues expansion across the Western Balkans.