The deal also means the end of a nasty legal spat between VK founder Pavel Durov, Mail.ru and erstwhile stakeholder UCP.
A new breed of TV services could cater to cord cutters by combining over-the-air broadcast TV with live streaming and on-demand programming. The hardware for this kind of service is already being built.
Sunday reports in Swiss media have cited a confidential opinion by the country’s attorney general that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden should not be sent home to the U.S., if he visits Switzerland to testify about surveillance.
Dmitry Medvedev’s Twitter account was taken over by an anti-Kremlin wag on Thursday morning, but it appears to be back in the hands of his team.
The draft law was waved through its first reading in the Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday, raising fears of censorship without safeguards.
Russia’s clampdown on internet freedom continues, this time with a measure designed to counter “those interested in destabilization.” However, there is some confusion over which hotspots are affected.
The NSA leaker’s 3-year residency permit will allow him to hang around in Russia, with the ability to travel abroad for up to 3 months at a time — though presumably not on his cancelled U.S. passport.
The authorities are angry that the BBC Russia site is carrying an audio interview with an artist who supports a planned — but likely illegal — march for Siberian autonomy. The BBC says it won’t back down.
The first to receive notices demanding that they join a censorship-happy register reportedly include prominent novelists and satirists, who are now expected to abide by the same rules as journalists on their blogs.
Censorship is always bad, right? Not to many people around our connected globe, and there is sometimes validity to their views. Unfortunately the tension between those views places a profound and perhaps dangerous dilemma at the heart of the internet.