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    Russian Internet-related services and products

    kvs
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    Post  kvs Wed May 26, 2021 4:36 pm

    The place where western media meddling matters is in Belorus. In Russia it is a flop. I think the lack of a total crackdown on
    western propaganda is motivated by the fact that such control always backfires. It is like being totally removed from exposure
    to bacteria. It is "good" only up to a point, afterwards you die. So the Russian "body" needs to be exposed to the western
    bacilli as a way of defeating them. As I have noted numerous times, human psychology is crap. By banning filth, a demand for
    filth is created because it is the "forbidden fruit". The USSR really undermined itself with such control measures. I think China
    is also not doing itself any favours by engaging in the same.

    In the case of Belorus, it is exactly the authoritarian behaviour of Lukashenko that has exposed the country to regime change
    in a serious way.

    Also, Pakistan is not a model for Russia since it is a different culture. Russians, in spite of recent polling, still are mentally
    Europeans and will naturally engage with the west. There is no cultural filter to keep the west out. So western propaganda
    requires a sophisticated approach and not ham fisted restrictions.

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    Post  Kiko Sat Jul 17, 2021 12:22 pm

    Speaking in tongues: Russia's tech giant Yandex working on AI video translator to allow viewers to watch anything with voiceover, 16.07.2021.

    What do you want to watch? Well, if the answer is a foreign-language film or TV show, and there’s no translated version available, you might be out of luck. Now one of Russia’s biggest tech firms is working on a solution.

    In a statement released last week, digital services giant Yandex revealed it has been working on a software prototype that would allow users to watch videos in their browser in another language. The program is capable of simultaneously translating the content, and dubbing it with a computer-generated voiceover.

    If that weren’t enough, the team behind the innovation say it is able to detect the gender of the speaker and match it with a male or female voice, as well as keeping to the speed and rhythm of their voice.

    “Consumption and creation of video content has been growing super-fast over the past years. This was true even before the pandemic, but the last two years have only accelerated this trend,” said David Talbot, head of the natural language processing team at Yandex. “Individuals are creating their own content and companies are using video content more and more for training, education and marketing purposes. The trend seems unstoppable.”

    According to him, the goal of the project is “to help people to enjoy video content in any language,” without requiring them to find a pre-translated version of the clip, or making them dependent on creators to produce transcripts.

    However, Talbot added, “We are just at the start of this project and we don’t underestimate the amount of work that lies ahead.” At the moment, the prototype only allows video to be converted from Russian to English. In addition, for the future, Yandex is planning to integrate emotion and other characteristics into the AI-generated voice overs, adding to the sense of realism and immersion.

    https://www.rt.com/russia/529409-yandex-video-translator-voiceover/
    kvs
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    Post  kvs Mon Aug 02, 2021 4:53 pm

    WTF with Yandex?

    It forced me to go through a captcha during a search. These fcuking retards. I am not going to enter cyrillic alphabet captcha phrases. Looks like Crapdex
    is fellating Alphabet.

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    Post  Scorpius Wed Aug 04, 2021 6:56 pm

    kvs wrote:WTF with Yandex?

    It forced me to go through a captcha during a search.   These fcuking retards.   I am not going to enter cyrillic alphabet captcha phrases.    Looks like Crapdex
    is fellating Alphabet.


    https://yandex.ru/
    or
    https://ya.ru/
    ?
    Strictly speaking, your experience is extremely atypical for the Yandex search engine. I have been using it for 20 years, and I have never encountered such a thing.
    kvs
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    Post  kvs Wed Aug 04, 2021 7:35 pm

    Scorpius wrote:
    kvs wrote:WTF with Yandex?

    It forced me to go through a captcha during a search.   These fcuking retards.   I am not going to enter cyrillic alphabet captcha phrases.    Looks like Crapdex
    is fellating Alphabet.


    https://yandex.ru/
    or
    https://ya.ru/
    ?
    Strictly speaking, your experience is extremely atypical for the Yandex search engine. I have been using it for 20 years, and I have never encountered such a thing.

    It was Yandex. It only happened when I tried to look for vaccine information. But that may have been a coincidence and a 3rd party ad server may have been involved.
    When I did searches for other topics the captcha was no longer there. I have not gotten to the squatter sites which use typing mistakes in the case of Yandex yet.

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    Post  flamming_python Mon Aug 09, 2021 2:47 am

    https://www.intellinews.com/russian-getcourse-secures-50mn-from-top-investors-expects-to-generate-1bn-in-gmv-this-year-217469/?source=russia

    Russian GetCourse secures $50mn from top investors, expects to generate $1bn in GMV this year

    By East West Digital News in Moscow August 5, 2021

    Baring Vostok, the Russian PE/VC giant, Winter Capital, a Moscow-based international fund backed, in particular, bybillionaire Vladimir Potanin, and Goldman Sachs have invested $50mn in GetCourse, reports East-West Digital News (EWDN).

    This Russian edtech startup allows its customers — more than 20,000 schools, trainers, coaches and bloggers — to create, deliver, promote and sell their own educational content.  The service, which includes lead-generation, analytics and CRM functionalities,  is integrated with payment systems and popular social networks.

    GetCourse also offers its own educational projects.

    According to a Winter Capital Partners press-release, GetCourse generated some $600mn in gross merchandise value (GMV) in 2020, and expects to exceed the $1bn mark this year. This will “put GetCourse on par with global leaders Kajabi (annualized GMV of $1.5bn in May 2021) and Thinkific (2020 GMV of $0.3bn),” states the investment firm.

    GetCourse was founded in 2014. According to official data cited by Rusven, its shareholders include VTB Capital Pre-IPO Fund (which received a 15.2% stake in September 2020), Cyprus companies Janewill Ltd and Greum Ltd, UK company Bradley Hall Holdings Ltd, Luxembourg company West Street EMS Partners, while Matvei Kalachev, Timur Karimbaev, Sergey Mikhailov and Yana Ostanina own more than 10% of the company.

    Edtech is one of the sweet spots of Winter Capital Partners. The firm recently invested in Russian startups Skyeng (together with Baring Vostok) and Algorithmics as well as in Californian Udemy.


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    Post  flamming_python Mon Aug 09, 2021 2:51 am

    Good to see Russian blockchain developers getting some love too

    https://www.intellinews.com/russia-s-mts-acquires-control-of-blockchain-firm-factorin-216623/?source=russia
    Russia's MTS acquires control of blockchain firm Factorin

    By bne IntelliNews July 27, 2021

    Major Russian mobile phone operator Mobile TeleSystems MTS has acquired 51% of blockchain company Factorin for RUB867mn ($11.7mn).

    Factorin is the developer and owner of an innovative blockchain-based platform for trade finance transactions with a focus on supply chain finance and invoice factoring. The acquisition is aimed at expanding MTS Group’s portfolio of digital financial services for B2B clients.

    Factorin’s innovative platform provides a comprehensive solution for supply chain financing by digitising financial interactions between buyers, suppliers and banks. The platform provides factoring and other trade finance services for leading Russian retailers and their suppliers, including Magnit and Dixy Group as well as MTS's own retail network (RTC).

    "This deal is yet another major step forward in the development of digital products and enhanced services for our B2B customers," Ilya Filatov, MTS VP for Financial Services and MTS Bank CEO, said in a statement.

    "Factorin is not only a fast-growing and high-tech trade finance platform, it provides a unique offering that fully leverages all of the advantages of blockchain technology," he went on to say. "I am confident that the addition of Factorin into MTS Group will accelerate our growth and further reinforce the company's leading position."

    "Factorin is leveraging the latest innovations to not only offer our customers a full spectrum of advanced trade financing solutions, but also launch fundamentally new products that would be impossible to build using traditional technologies," added Andrei Maklin, Factorin co-founder & CEO. "For example, we are enabling corporate clients to set up their own platforms that provide their suppliers and buyers with attractive offers from a variety of financing providers."

    "In just two years, we have built the largest trade finance platform in Russia," he went on to say. "With this deal, we are adding the resources of a powerful partner in order to help meet growing market demand as well as unlock additional opportunities and competitive advantages for our users. Combining MTS’s scale and expertise with Factorin’s blockchain solutions will help us qualitatively transform fintech services for the Russian B2B segment."

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