Russian ‘anti-Apple’ law requiring local apps takes effect

Smartphones, tablets and computers sold in Russia must now come with pre-installed domestic software and apps from Thursday in a new law seen by critics as another attempt to curb online freedom.



a statue of a person: The initiative was introduced in an effort to promote the country's tech companies but critics say it is another bid to tighten state control of Russia's digital space.


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The initiative was introduced in an effort to promote the country’s tech companies but critics say it is another bid to tighten state control of Russia’s digital space.

The initiative was introduced in an effort to promote the country’s tech companies but critics say it is another bid to tighten state control of Russia’s digital space.

The law requires all devices with internet access sold in the country — whether they are produced locally or abroad — to be equipped with the necessary software or face potential fines from July onwards.

The pre-installed software belongs in particular to two Russian IT giants: Yandex and Mail.ru.

Among the compulsory apps are Odnoklassniki and VKontakte, social

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Uniphore Raises $140 Million to Expand AI to Video-Call Analysis

Uniphore Software Systems Pvt, a startup that uses artificial intelligence to analyze and improve customer support provided over the phone, raised $140 million to expand its services to areas such as video calls.

The Series D round was led by Sorenson Capital Partners, with new investors including Cisco Investments and earlier backers such as March Capital Partners and Chiratae Ventures participating, the startup said in a statement. Uniphore, with its main offices in Chennai, India, and Palo Alto, California, has now raised a total $210 million.

The company is targeting a niche in a cloud-based enterprise software industry led by Salesforce.com Inc. and Oracle Corp. The coronavirus pandemic has been a boon for video and voice calls, and Uniphore’s software helps companies improve their service by, for example, detecting and predicting customers’ intent.

“Because of the pandemic, people can’t get to their bank, shopping mall or doctor so customers reaching

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