Telegram messenger could test crypto platform in September

bne IntelliNews August 28, 2019

Telegram messenger of Russian self-exiled digital entrepreneur Pavel Durov could start testing its blockchain network TON (Telegram Open Network) on September 1, Vedomosti daily reported on August 28 citing unnamed investors in TON.

Chinese online retailer Joom buys into Russia's iGooods delivery service

bne IntelliNews August 27, 2019

iGooods is the largest Russian delivery service for groceries from food retailers, servicing such chains as Lenta, Karusel, Magnit, Globus, and Metro Cash & Carry.

Lithuania top ranked CEE economy on digital quality of life index

bne IntelliNews August 26, 2019

Lithuania performed especially well on cybersecurity, though it was only ranked in 23rd place overall on the index from Surfshark. In general, the CEE economies ranked were clustered around the middle of the index.

Google, Mozilla and Apple block Kazakhstan “trust” certificate that spies on citizens’ internet use

bne IntelliNews August 23, 2019

Internet giants move against security measure introduced following election protests that severely embarrassed new president.

Russia's Group buys YouDrive carsharing start-up

bne IntelliNews August 22, 2019

YouDrive Business and YouDrive Pool currently operate a fleet of 2,500 cars to be expanded to 10,000 within a year.

Estonian ride sharing company Bolt enters food delivery business

bne IntelliNews August 22, 2019

Uber-rival Bolt to launch initially in Tallinn but plans international expansion in 2019 and 2020 as it targets the already crowded food delivery market.

China’s Huawei mulls cooperation with Serbia on developing 5G network

bne IntelliNews August 21, 2019

Serbia’s Finance Minister Sinisa Mali discussed long-term cooperation with Huawei representatives, as part of Beijing's Belt and Road initiative.