Albanians campaign on social media to keep bus bridge created in freak accident

bne IntelliNews May 3, 2022

Tirana residents have been arguing on social media to keep a bus that crashed off the road over a river in the Albanian capital, coming to rest as an impromptu bridge.

Exports of Serbian ICT services amounted to €347mn in 2M22

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo April 26, 2022

Exports of ICT services were up by 42.7% compared to the same period of last year, Prime Minister Ana Brnabic announced.

How Russia hopes to overcome its tech woes

bne IntelIiNews April 22, 2022

Russia is close to signing off a new "national project" focused on increasing the domestic tech sector. It hopes that Chinese and domestic production will be able to cover 100% of tech import substitution needs by 2024.

Russia declares famous YouTuber Yuri Dud ‘foreign agent’

Jonny Tickle April 20, 2022

The Russian Justice Ministry’s ever-growing list of so-called ‘foreign agents’ expanded once again last Friday, this time adding nine people, including one of the country’s most popular YouTubers, Yury Dud.

Blockchain could reach 30% of Montenegro’s GDP within 3 years, finance minister says

bne IntelliNews April 14, 2022

Finance Minister Milojko Spajic says the industry has the potential to employ around 10,000 people and become a cornerstone for the economy along with energy and tourism.

Co-founder of Romanian unicorn UiPath buys stake in digital agriculture pioneer RodBun

bne IntelliNews April 13, 2022

Daniel Dines says smart investments in digital agriculture can turn Romania into one of the key players in Europe's agriculture sector.

Bulgaria to develop AI research centre in partnership with Google, AWS

bne IntelliNews April 11, 2022

INSAIT will aim to nurture state-of-the-art advances in AI and computing through open research, aiming to foster a competitive high-tech economic environment in the country.

Nord Security startup becomes Lithuania’s second unicorn

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius April 10, 2022

Nord Security is now striving to become the world’s biggest cybersecurity company.

Yandex delivery and mobility activities stopped or threatened in US, UK, France, Latvia, Estonia

East West Digital News in Moscow April 6, 2022

Yandex, the Russian digital giant whose Nasdaq stock trading has been suspended since February 28, laid off over two dozen US-based workers last month.

Naspers’ OLX no longer involved in operations of Russian subsidiary Avito

East West Digital News in Moscow April 6, 2022

Avito, Russia’s leading classifieds platform (a subsidiary of OLX Group, owned by Naspers affiliate Prosus), will operate as an independent Russian business.

Yandex speaks out on approach to data

bne IntelIiNews April 1, 2022

Yandex has responded to questions about the security of user data after it was criticised for storing user data on servers in Russia. The company directed its detractors to publicly available information on its data use, saying it is transparent.

Court orders Unicredit Bank Banja Luka to pay €130mn compensation to cryptocurrency miner

bne IntelliNews April 1, 2022

Verdict issued in largest cryptocurrency dispute in Europe after failure of Bitminer Factory's project to mine cryptocurrencies in the Bosnian town of Gradiska.

Ultrafast grocer Yango Deli considers options for European operations

Theo Normanton March 31, 2022

A spokesperson for Yango Deli said that the company has "received a considerable amount of interest in our business" in London, whereas it plans to gradually wind down operations at its Paris unit.

FPRI BMB Ukraine: the war will be televised

FPRI BMB Ukraine March 31, 2022

Cybersecurity experts expected Russian forces to take out at least some Ukrainian phone lines and internet services as part of a ground invasion. This didn’t happen, which means the whole world has live access to the war's progress.

Russia looks to add homegrown Google Play to portfolio of spin-offs

Theo Normanton in Moscow March 31, 2022

Russian non-profit "Digital Platforms" says that 700 Russian companies are working on a homegrown alternative to the Play Store after Google halted purchases of new apps in Russia. The Russian version is due to be released on May 9.