Turkey plans to nationalize information infrastructure, says minister

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Critical work is continuing to nationalize Turkey’s information infrastructure in a bid to keep online data within the country to enhance further data security, Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communication Minister Ahmet Arslan has said on Jan 16.

Arslan said they prioritized the establishment of data centers in Turkey and were cooperating with the related Communication General Directorate on the issue. Underlining that they had accelerated works to extend national infrastructure in information technologies, Arslan said they were providing R&D initiatives for national software and hardware systems. A decree law on incentives for data centers to be built in Turkey by the private sector went into force on Nov. 22, 2016, when it was published in the Official Gazette.

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Turkey fosters growing trend in branding with more incentives

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Turkey ranks fourth in the world in trademark registrations with nearly 193,000 registrations last year, as it encourages entrepreneurs and businesses to secure branding for research and development, design and product development activities.

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Samsung scores unanimous Supreme Court win over Apple

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The ruling reshapes the value of tech designs and could have ripple effects across the industry. The US Supreme Court on Tuesday handed Samsung a victory in its long-running patent dispute with Apple. The nation’s highest court said in a unanimous opinion that damages for design patent infringement can be based only on the part of the device that infringed the patents, not necessarily on the entire product.

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Turkcell and Istanbul Technical University Joined Forces for 5G R&D

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Turkcell (NYSE:TKC) (BIST:TCELL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Istanbul Technical University (ITU) to strategically cooperate on the development of 5G technologies. Within the frame of the contract signed, Turkcell and ITU will carry out mutual studies in Research & Development and education areas to make Turkey a producing country in 5G technology.

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Germany’s Justice Minister Says Facebook Should Be Treated as a Media Company

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Germany’s Justice Minister says he believes Facebook should be treated like a media company rather than a technology platform.

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Snapchat confidentially files for IPO

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Messaging app Snapchat has filed confidentially for an initial public offering (IPO) Snapchat could start selling shares as early as late March with a valuation of $25 billion or more. Reuters says sources close to the firm confirmed the move.

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Media Industry Gears Up for European Copyright Battle

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A draft proposal suggests the European Union may force networks to strike pan-European licensing deals and make Google pay for Google News. Pitched battles between traditional and digital media giants, copyright holders and networks are set to reignite ahead of new proposals aimed at harmonizing copyright law across the European Union.The European Commission, the EU’s executive body, will present its plans to update Europe’s copyright legislation at the end of this month

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PayPal returns to Turkey with Cross Border system in March

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Canceled out by Turkey’s Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) due to failing to transfer its system to Turkey, PayPal rolled up its sleeves and will return to the Turkish market. The company will initially come back via the Cross Border system and will later carry its servers to Turkey as well.

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Uber’s Chinese rival acquiring company’s China operations

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Uber Technology Ltd.’s main Chinese rival said Monday it is acquiring the U.S. ride-hailing service’s China operation in a deal that links the companies following a costly battle to attract riders. Foreign technology brands have struggled in China’s populous but intensely competitive market. Didi was formed by the February 2015 merger of competing ride-hailing services launched by Chinese Internet giants Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Alibaba Group following a similar battle for customers. Monday’s announcement came after the Chinese government on Thursday announced its first rules for the ride-hailing industry, confirming the legal status of the industry after repeated run-ins with regulators.

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Naspers: What next for South Africa’s most important internet company?

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Naspers’s marketcap recently went past the R1-trillion mark, making it Africa’s most valuable company Much of its success comes from a 2001 investment in Tencent, begging the question: what next?

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