Google reaches $7.8 million settlement in its Android antitrust case in Russia

 Google has reached a settlement with Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) agency in the antitrust case the Russian search rival Yandex had originally filed, claiming Google had violated local competition rules. The case revolved around how Google had required handset makers to pre-load their devices with Google apps and services in order to also gain access the Google Play… Read More

DoJ accuses two Russian spies and two criminals of 2014 Yahoo hack

 The U.S. Department of Justice has confirmed earlier reports and accused two Russian FSB officers and two criminal hackers of being behind the hacking of at least 500 million Yahoo accounts. Read More

Russian court rejects Google’s latest Android antitrust appeal

android Google has had another appeal against Android antitrust charges turned down by a Russian court. At issue is how the company requires handset makers using its Android OS to also pre-load Google apps and services onto devices in order to get access to the Play app store. Read More

OK Go breaks gravity habit in spacey ‘Upside Down & Inside Out’ video

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It isn't easy to come up with an idea for an eclectic music video that's never been done before — but that's what OK Go keeps doing. And now that the band may have exhausted all earthly ideas, its members have taken to the sky.

The new video for "Upside Down & Inside Out" puts band members in a S7 Airlines plane, combining some of OK Go's favorite elements — bright colors, random props and the single-take shot — with zero-gravity conditions.

Though commonly associated with space travel, zero-gravity can be created in Earth's atmosphere if an airplane flies in a parabolic shape. Once the plane reaches the top of the parabola and starts its descent, it will create the feeling of zero-gravity for those on board (and their balloons and piñatas) Read more...

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Want a deal on a Papa John’s pizza in Russia? Enter promo code ‘Josef Stalin’

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A new offer from Papa John's Pizza franchises in Russia is making some people sick, but it's not the pies themselves.

As part of a new promotion, customers can save money on pizza by entering the name of the long-deceased former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

News of the promo code was first published on Facebook by Ilya Klishin, editor-in-chief at the independent TV Rain channel in Moscow

"Papa John's Pizza has introduced a Josef Stalin promotion code. Enter the name of the dictator and get a Hawaiian or pepperoni pizza," wrote Klishin, who said his great-grandfather was one of tens of millions of people repressed by the brutal dictator. Read more...

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Russia’s Regulators: Google Has Until November 18th To Play Fair

Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 11.32.59 AM Early last month, Russia’s FAS (Federal Antimonopoly Service) stated that Google had violated Russian competition rules with its stock apps in Android. The folks complaining happen to be Google’s biggest competition in Russia…Yandex. Today, the FAS announced that Google has until November 18th “to eliminate the violation of the law on protection of competition in terms… Read More

Russia Says Google Has “Violated Competition Rules” With Android, Yandex Stock Jumps

Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 10.37.02 AM Back in February, the “Google of Russia”, Yandex, filed an antitrust complaint with Russia’s watchdog agency (FAS) over Google’s leverage with what comes pre-installed on Android. Specifically, the fact that Google is the default search engine rubbed Yandex the wrong way. See, Yandex has a 60% search hold overall, but Android phones account for 86% of all smartphones… Read More

Conservative Russians are putting flags on profile photos to offset the rainbows

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KIEV, Ukraine — In Soviet Russia, love doesn't always win.

Responding to the wave of pride rainbow-embossed profile photos that washed across social media in wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in America on Friday, some conservative and homophobic Russians are shading profile images the colors of their country's flag: white, blue and red.

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Russian government threatens a ban on Google, Facebook and Twitter

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Roskomnadzor, a Russian government agency that oversees communications and media, threatened late last week to block access to Google, Facebook and Twitter if the social media services don't hand over data on certain Russian bloggers

The government agency demanded Google, Facebook and Twitter hand over data about users, particularly Russian bloggers with 3,000 daily readers or more. Rozkomnadzor also asked the services to delete content that promotes protests and other unsanctioned public events, Reuters reported.

Late last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged he would not place the Internet under government control; Roskomnadzor's recent actions, however, indicate differently. A law passed in 2014 gives Russian prosecutors the right to block sites without a court ruling if those sites contain information about protests unsanctioned by the government Read more...

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Putin Signs Law With Potential to Censor Facebook and Twitter in Russia

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In a move that could have major implications for social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law Tuesday strengthening regulations on Internet data storage.

Starting in 2016, the new law will require Internet operators to store Russian user data in centers within the country. Once data is stored on Russian servers, it will be subjected to Russian laws, putting it at risk for censorship, critics say. Companies that don't comply will be blocked from the web

The law is part of a plan to improve "the management of personal data of Russian citizens on computer networks,” Agence France-Presse reported. Critics say it could have a chilling effect on a variety of websites, including Facebook and Twitter, which do not have Russian data centers Read more...

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