Facebook says ads from Albanian political parties should be transparent

bne IntelliNews March 10, 2021

Ahead of April general election, social media giant says all electoral and political ads in Albania must come from authorised advertisers.

FPRI BMB Russia: Google tech tax 2.0

FPRI BMB Russia March 5, 2021

The latest in Russian tech protectionism, the government is considering implementing a new tax on foreign IT firms that use consumer data for advertising.

Uzbekstan's Fergana region to spend $8.5mn setting up electric scooter production

Alisher Kalandarov in Tashkent March 5, 2021

Three companies say they plan to set up production of electric scooters at the Kokand free economic zone.

Global IT group Stefanini opens EMEA operational security centre in Bucharest

bne IntelliNews March 5, 2021

Brazil-based company Stefanini's operational security centre in Bucharest will work with customers from the entire EMEA region.

Facebook agrees to pay 18% sales tax in Tajikistan

bne IntelliNews March 4, 2021

Tajik government has been trying for two years to boost state revenues by forcing tech firms like Microsoft, Google, Facebook and to pay taxes inside Tajikistan.

UNDP in Kazakhstan joins global network of innovative accelerator labs

bne IntelliNews March 4, 2021

Accelerator Lab to focus on helping improve livelihoods through digitalisation, and supporting Kazakhstan's green transition.

Bosnian rock band Dubioza kolektiv and robot Robby Megabyte together in a new song

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo March 2, 2021

Sarajevo University students built the robot Robby Megabyte to perform with Bosnia’s most popular rock band, Dubioza kolektiv. reports 33.6% jump in net income in 2020

bne IntelliNews March 2, 2021 has benefited from the coronavirus pandemic-driven shift to digital services by people who have been forced to largely stay indoors.

Prague-based ARX buys Slovenia’s I-Tech

bne IntelliNews March 1, 2021

Czech private equity investor to help I-Tech grow organically.

Montenegro to protect wines with smart tags in pilot study

bne IntelliNews March 1, 2021

Montenegro’s biggest wine producer 13 Jul Plantaze aims to protect its wines from counterfeiting.

IFC to provide $3mn loan to Kyrgyz broadband operator ElCat

bne IntelliNews March 1, 2021

Loan to Kyrgyzstan’s largest private wholesale broadband operator will boost fibre coverage in underserved areas of the country.

Romania expects to get €720mn from sale of 5G licenses this year

bne IntelliNews February 25, 2021

Revenues for the state budget from the sale of the entire 5G frequency spectrum could "easily" exceed €720mn, regulator said.

Romanian IT company Bittnet enters FTSE Russell indices

bne IntelliNews February 23, 2021

Romania will now have four companies in the FTSE Russell indices following its upgrade to secondary emerging market status last year.

Nato and North Macedonia sign agreement on preventing cyber incidents

bne IntelliNews February 21, 2021

MoU to help North Macedonia increase its resilience to cyber threats.

Rent-a-car app Yolcu360 tops Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Turkey 2020 ranking

Akin Nazli in Belgrade February 20, 2021

Virtual studio developer Zero Density placed second while online streaming platform BluTV ranked third.

Croatia’s Photomath raises $23mn funding

bne IntelliNews February 18, 2021

The Photomath app has more than 220mn downloads globally, helping students and parents solve maths problems using a smartphone.

Message service Telegram hopes to raise $1bn with a convertible bond private placement

Ben Aris in Berlin February 18, 2021

In January the popular messaging service WhatsApp experienced an exodus of users. Most of them went to Telegram, which is now looking for money to continue its development.

Romanian property rental platform Milluu raises money to expand in Poland

bne IntelliNews February 18, 2021

Largest-ever crowdfunding through Seedblink platform allows Milluu to replicate its business model in Warsaw.

Russia’s USM, Group, RDIF and Megafon to create a digital finance and payments JV with Jack Ma’s Ant Group

Ben Aris in Berlin February 18, 2021

Russia’s telecom and tech giants and Megafon, together with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) will create a digital payments joint venture with Ant Group

Slovenian startup DaiBau raises fresh funds from Henkel

bne IntelliNews February 17, 2021

DaiBau runs portals in several countries where investors can link up with building contractors.