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Apple Pay Now Available for Mir Cardholders in Russia

Tuesday July 20, 2021 12:28 am PDT by
Customers using cards with the Russian payment system "Mir" now have access to using their cards with Apple Pay, the Russian News Agency reports, citing a press release. The Mir payment system is Russia's national payment system, with cards being accepted in 11 countries. The payment system has 270 banks as participants, with 150 banks issuing Mir cards. Apple Pay support came to Mir...
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Russian Parliament Votes to Force US Tech Giants to Open Local Offices or Face Punitive Measures

Monday June 21, 2021 2:27 am PDT by
Apple and other U.S. tech companies could be forced to open offices in Russia or face punitive measures, as part of a push by Russia to improve its internet "sovereignty." Russian lawmakers passed legislation last week that requires foreign sites with more than half a million daily users in Russia to set up a local branch or Russian legal entity, reports Reuters: Websites that do not comply ...
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Apple Fined $12 Million in Russia for Violating Anti-Monopoly Rules With App Store

Tuesday April 27, 2021 10:40 am PDT by
Russia's Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) has levied a $12 million fine against Apple for alleged abuse of its dominance in the mobile applications market, reports Reuters. According to the FAS, Apple's distribution of apps through iOS gives its products a competitive advantage. Apple has been charged 906.3 million roubles, equivalent to $12.1 million. The fine stems from an August...
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iPhone Setup Process in Russia Now Includes List of Suggested Russian Developed Apps

Wednesday March 31, 2021 9:59 pm PDT by
A few weeks after Apple agreed to allow Russia to show iPhone users in the country suggested apps created by Russian developers, Russian users are seeing the list of app suggestions when setting up a new device. As noted by Khaos Tian on Twitter, Russian users will see an App Store section featuring apps like Yandex Browser, Yandex Maps, ICQ, VK, and others during the ‌iPhone‌ startup...
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Apple Agrees to Offer Government-Approved Pre-Installed Apps for Devices in Russia

Tuesday March 16, 2021 5:35 am PDT by
Apple has reportedly agreed to show users a prompt when first setting up a device in Russia to pre-install government-approved apps, in compliance with a new law from the Ministry of Digital Affairs, according to a report from Vedomosti. According to the report, citing a source within the Ministry, Apple struck a deal with the government that will show users a prompt when first configuring ...
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Apple Targeted By Record Labels for Allowing Copyright Infringing Apps in Russian App Store

Wednesday October 7, 2020 5:23 am PDT by
Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music, and a division of Warner have filed applications for a preliminary injunction against Apple for hosting three music apps in the Russian App Store that infringe copyright, reports TorrentFreak. Roman Lukyanov, CEO of Semenov & Pevzner, a local law firm specializing in copyright protection and representing the labels, told Kommersant that the...
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Russian Lawmaker Seeks to Cap Apple's App Store Commission at 20%

Wednesday September 2, 2020 3:24 am PDT by
Draft legislation submitted in Russia this week could see Apple's App Store commission cut by a third if it is ratified by the country's parliament. Reuters reports that the bill requires that commissions on the sale of apps by Apple and Google be capped at 20%. Apple has a long-standing policy of collecting 30% commission on all sales (including in-app purchases) in the App store. The...
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Russia Ends Ineffective Ban on Telegram Encrypted Messaging App

Friday June 19, 2020 2:16 am PDT by
Russia this week lifted a nearly two-year ban on messenger app Telegram after it failed to prevent the encrypted platform from being widely used, reports Reuters. Some Russian media portrayed the move as a capitulation, but the country's media regulator Roskomnadzor said the company had shown "willingness" to help with counterterrorism efforts. "Roskomnadzor is dropping its demands to...
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Apple Calls New Russian Smartphone Sales Legislation 'Equivalent to Jailbreaking'

Tuesday December 3, 2019 4:05 am PST by
Russian President Vladimir Putin today signed new legislation requiring all smartphones, computers, and smart TVs sold in the country to come pre-installed with Russian software, reports Reuters. Proponents of the law claim it will help Russian developers better compete with foreign tech firms. The legislation has also been pitched as a way of sparing consumers from having to download...
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Russia's Anti-Monopoly Watchdog to Investigate Apple Following Antitrust Complaint

Thursday August 8, 2019 2:05 am PDT by
Apple is under investigation by Russia's anti-monopoly watchdog following a complaint from cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab that the company is abusing its dominant position in smartphone apps, Reuters reports this morning. Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) says it is investigating why a new version of Kaspersky Lab's Safe Kids application has not been updated on the iOS App...
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Russia Demands Apple Remove Telegram From Russian App Store

Tuesday May 29, 2018 11:54 am PDT by
The Russian government has asked Apple to help it block Telegram, the secure messaging app that's highly popular in the country, reports WCCFTech. A Russian court in April ordered carriers and internet providers in the country to block Telegram back in April, after Telegram refused to provide Russia with backdoor access to user messages. Telegram, for those unfamiliar with the app, offers ...
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Russia Bans Access to Telegram Encrypted Messenger Service [Updated]

Friday April 13, 2018 3:29 am PDT by
A Russian law court has ordered that access to the Telegram encrypted messaging service should be blocked, according to Russian news agencies on Friday (via Reuters). The development follows last week's news that Russia's media regulator had filed legal proceedings to block the app in the country because the company refused to enable state security services to access users' messages. The...
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Russia Moves to Ban Telegram Encrypted Messaging Platform

Friday April 6, 2018 4:11 am PDT by
Russia appears to be following through on its threat last year to block access to the Telegram encrypted messaging platform. The BBC reports today that the Roskomnadzor media regulator has begun legal proceedings to block the app in the country, after Dubai-based Telegram refused to comply with requests that it hand over the encryption keys. Telegram was given a deadline of 4 April to hand ...
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Apple Pulls VPN Apps From China App Store As Russia Signs Law Banning Their Use

Monday July 31, 2017 4:49 am PDT by
Russia has banned VPNs and other software that enables users to gain anonymous access to websites. The new law was signed by President Vladimir Putin on Monday and will come into effect on November 1st (via TechCrunch). Leonid Levin, chairman of the Duma's committee on information policy and technology, was quoted by state-run media as saying that the new law is not targeted at "introducing...
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Russia Threatens to Ban Encrypted Messaging App Telegram

Friday June 23, 2017 3:58 am PDT by
Russia has threatened to block access to the Telegram messaging platform unless the company that runs the app provides more information about itself (via Sky News). The head of communications regulator Roskomnadzor, Alexander Zharov, said repeated efforts to obtain the information had been ignored by the company and warned that "time is running out" for the app. "There is one demand and it ...
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Russian Authorities Order Internet Providers to Block LinkedIn Website

Thursday November 17, 2016 3:30 am PST by
Russia's communications regulator has blocked public access to LinkedIn after an earlier court ruling found the social networking firm to have violated data storage laws (via Reuters). LinkedIn, which has over 6 million registered users in Russia, becomes the first major social network to be blocked by Russian authorities after falling afoul of the country's stringent data storage laws, which...
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Apple Pay Expands Widely in Russia

Tuesday November 1, 2016 7:10 am PDT by
Apple Pay launched in Russia last month in partnership with Sberbank for MasterCard cardholders, and today the mobile payments service has expanded to nine additional financial institutions in the country. Today's additions include Tinkoff Bank, Bank Saint Petersburg, Raiffeisenbank, Yandex.Money, Alfa-Bank, MTS Bank, VTB 24, Rocketbank, and MDM Bank. Russian Standard Bank is listed as coming...
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Apple Pay Now Available in 10 Countries Following Russia Launch

Tuesday October 4, 2016 3:49 am PDT by
Russia joined the Apple Pay club today, becoming the 10th major region to gain access to the mobile payment service (via Reuters). The introduction of Apple Pay was announced on Apple's regional website, where it was revealed that the system would come via Mastercard and through Moscow-based Sberbank. According to Sberbank, Apple Pay can be easily set up in the Sberbank Online mobile...
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Apple Raising App Store Pricing in Canada and Six Other Markets

Monday January 18, 2016 11:22 am PST by
Apple today informed developers that App Store price tiers, including in-app purchases, will be rising in Canada, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore and South Africa within 72 hours (via The Next Web). In Canada, for example, Tier 1 pricing will increase to $1.39, a 20-cent rise over current $1.19 pricing. That means a $1 app on the U.S. App Store will now sell for $1.39 on the...
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Apple Watch Launches in New Zealand, Russia and Turkey on July 31

Tuesday July 21, 2015 4:56 am PDT by
Apple has announced that the Apple Watch will be available for purchase on the Apple Online Store in New Zealand, Russia and Turkey starting July 31 after 7:01 AM local time. Turkish customers should also have the option of in-store pickup at one of two physical Apple Store locations at the Zorlu Center and Akasya Shopping Center in Istanbul. Apple Watch will now be available in over 20...