Another week, another ProCEEd > Newsletter that brings you up to speed with the most recent developments at the CEE tech scene.
Last week saw a few significant funding rounds, news stories from different gaming companies, as well as a new turn in the story of the fight between Yandex and Google. In case you missed it, earlier this year Yandex filed a complaint to Russia’s antitrust authority, accusing Google in anticompetitive practices in regards to Android.
The authority (predictably) sided with Yandex and ordered Google to correct its contracts with phone vendors. This success led to Yandex filing a similar request to the European Commission, which is actually already busy investigating Google on similar accusations. Although the EC might not prove as cooperative as Russia’s FAS, this can still lead to legal consequences and, possibly, fines.
Moving forward, don’t forget check out today’s podcast. This time I’ve talked to Mait Müntel, founder of the Estonia-based startup Lingvist, which attracted $8 million in funding from Rakuten and others last week. We’ve discussed the connection between CERN and language learning, the startup’s plans and the relevance of the Japanese giant as an investor:
Now, without further ado, here’s your weekly dose of news. Enjoy the reading and listening, and have a good week!
Yandex has asked the EC to investigate Google’s practices in relation to Android in the EU
Czech security company AVG has acquired Israeli photo app startup Flayvr for “several million dollars”
- Estonian language learning startup Lingvist has scored $8 million in new funding from Rakuten, Jaan Tallinn and others
- Pioneers Festival goes invitation-only, will hand-pick 500 promising tech startups for free access
- Russian startup that developed a luminophore technology to evacuate people has received an award at the Open Innovations international forum in Moscow
- Startup Chile woos Russian startups for development across Latin America
- Ukrainian-Polish startup Prof.Estate has raised a funding round from Forum Capital at a valuation of $5 million
- Estonian startup Pipedrive has raised €743,000 from Noah Advisors
- Ukrainian-made smartphone flash iBlazr 2 has made its way to Apple Stores across Europe
- Russia’s car sharing startup YouDrive has attracted $1 million in funding from Panavto
- Lithuanian game building and publishing platform TutoTOONS has hit 50 million game downloads
- New Russian secure messenger Avirton has attracted $1 million from unnamed private investors
- Czech security company AVG has acquired Israel-based photo app startup Flayvr for “several million dollars”
- Airbnb has seen rapid growth in Russia as the country’s economic recession forces more Russians to look for ways to supplement their incomes
- Russian Orthodox church has announced a plan to set up its own Wi-Fi network
- Russia has demanded from Twitter to store user data within the country
- Google gets another month to comply with Russian anti-monopoly ruling
- Russia’s Yandex has asked the European Commission to investigate Google’s practices in relation to its Android mobile operating system in the European Union
- The rising of creativity in Albania
- Baltic startup scene in numbers
- From bank cards to e-wallets: How new legislation is changing the Russian e-payment scene
- “Budapest is a great place to live and visit,” says Alexander Bibighaus, Director of Engineering at Cloudera
- Outsourcing in Ukraine: Hit or Miss?
- The Slovak tech scene is gaining momentum
- Meet two robots-for-delivery startups based in CEE: Starship from Estonia and Sidewalk from Lithuania