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Piano Player

Piano Player

Oct 11, 2012
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Over at TOL, we’ve been following developments rather closely of the Slovakia-born online paywall system known as Piano. This is a highly unusual story of a media-related innovation originating in our coverage region, but generating a lot of press in Western Europe and the United States (almost always, it’s the other way around). Read More »

Startup ‘incubation’ center opens in Kosovo

Startup ‘incubation’ center opens in Kosovo

Aug 9, 2012
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A technology-focused incubator opened its doors 27 June to entrepreneurs and innovators in Kosovo. Funded by Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Innovation Center Kosovo will provide business incubation services – training, mentoring, consulting, and an innovative office environment, reports the tech and innovation blogg Goal Europe. Read More »

The best 5 ideas will fight at SI Camp Moldova 2012!

The best 5 ideas will fight at SI Camp Moldova 2012!

Jul 26, 2012
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SICamp Moldova 2012 will take place this weekend. Out of 134 applicants, only 25 were selected to work in teams on five ideas of projects with social impact. Read More »

Russia investing millions in high-tech campus near Moscow

Russia investing millions in high-tech campus near Moscow

Jul 16, 2012
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Russia intends to diversify its economy away from dependence on the export of raw materials by funding its own version of Silicon Valley an hour outside of Moscow. While this project isn’t exactly new, Deputy Prime Minister Vladislav Surkov announced earlier this week that state-owned companies will start transferring billions of rubles into an endowment fund for a flagship research institute at Skolkovo.

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Do androids dream of Russian investors?

Do androids dream of Russian investors?

Jun 26, 2012
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The word “robot” was first created and popularized in the 1920s by the Czech brothers Karel and Josef Capek. The term is derived the Czech robotnik, “slave”, but the root “robot” is used in many Slavic languages to mean “work” or “labour”. Now, it seems, it’s a Russian who wants to make the word an everyday term by fuelling a robot revolution and developing robotics into a mass consumer product. Read More »

Estonia, the startup capital of Europe

Estonia, the startup capital of Europe

Jun 19, 2012
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In additon to being the only country in the euro zone with a budget surplus, Estonia enjoys an abundance of technological and business know-how. Ars Technica, an online magazine, reports that the country of 1.3 million has the second-highest number of startups per capita, after the United States. Read More »

Moldova Startup Weekend features promising ideas

Moldova Startup Weekend features promising ideas

Jun 8, 2012
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Last weekend in Moldova, the second edition of Moldova Startup Weekend focusing on Mobile and Social Media apps was held. The winner of the first edition – Artur Gurău – will soon launch his social network for footballers. Read More »

Central Asian SICamp Redux: smaller, more wired, and with beer smuggling

Central Asian SICamp Redux: smaller, more wired, and with beer smuggling

Jun 6, 2012
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The second Social innovation camp was held 31 May – 3 June in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Although smaller than its predecessor in 2011 on the Kyrgyz Issyk Kul, it has had some changes that made it a great event. Read More »

Moldovan online site broadcasts 10,000th event

Moldovan online site broadcasts 10,000th event

May 22, 2012
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Privesc.eu, the first online TV channel in Moldova, has been transmitting live for almost three years and has now broadcast more than 10,000 events.

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Update: Piano Media gets $2.6M in new funding

Update: Piano Media gets $2.6M in new funding

Apr 19, 2012
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Last week, we ran a post on Piano Media’s recent success in Slovenia and future plans to expand to new markets. Now it seems the company, which specializes in providing media companies with nation-wide paywalls for content, has found the resources to speed up that expansion.  Piano announced 17 April that it has secured $2.6 million in new funding from the 3TS Cisco Growth Fund. Read More »

Spreading social innovation in Central Asia with SICamp 2012

Spreading social innovation in Central Asia with SICamp 2012

Apr 16, 2012
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Transitions is launching the second SICamp, together with the Soros Foundation in Kazakhstan, which will take place on 17-20 May in or near Almaty. Read More »
Piano Media says Slovenia paywall a success so far

Piano Media says Slovenia paywall a success so far

Apr 6, 2012
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Piano Media’s national paywall, active for a year in Slovakia, has released their first month’s figures from the recent expansion into Slovenia. The paywall exceeded its goal of signing up 20,000 Slovenians, or 1 percent of the country, gaining 25,000 members and raising €26,000 in revenue. Read More »

Kazakhs search for love with online Muslim dating site

Kazakhs search for love with online Muslim dating site

Mar 22, 2012
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With all the news in the past year about social media being used to organize protests, revolutions and better access to information, it can be easy to forget that the Internet can also be used to help people fulfill a much more fundamental human need: love. Read More »

Azerbaijan gets first text-to-speech system

Azerbaijan gets first text-to-speech system

Feb 6, 2012
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Dilmanc, which means “interpreter” in Azerbaijani, is an online project to convert text to speech. Anyone can test it via its website and listen to a male voice read the text. It also allows users to download the spoken text in mp3 format.
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