Google Loses Antitrust Appeal

Google has reportedly lost an appeal in an antitrust related to Android in Russia. The complaint was lodged last year by Yandex, and in September, Russian antitrust authority The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service ruled that Google mustn’t require device manufacturers using…

Russia Bans Wikipedia Over Drug Article, Promptly Reverses Course After Edits

Roskomnadzor, Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (basically its internet watchdog) has been in the news quite a bit lately. The regulatory body seems to be scouring the web, looking to block certain sites…

Reddit Will Block Content in Certain Countries, Has Already Done So in Germany and Russia

Reddit has confirmed that it will locally block content if it receives a “valid request from and authorized entity.” The policy confirmation comes after the company blocked a specific thread about growing psychoactive mushrooms in Russia. The country’s Service for…

Russia Unblocks Reddit After Dustup over Shroom Post

On Wednesday afternoon, Russia added reddit to its registry of blocked sites. And as of early Thursday morning, reddit has been removed from the blocked sites list. After warning that it was considering it, Roskomnadzor, Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision…

Reddit Is Now Banned in Russia

Well, it looks like they weren’t lying. After warning that it was considering it, Roskomnadzor, Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, has sent out the order to block reddit. Apparently, the government is upset…

Russia Threatens to Block Reddit over Drug Post

Russia, which has a history of threatening to block access to certain sites over seemingly ridiculous reasons, is now considering a ban on reddit. The news comes from Roskomnadzor, Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass…

Russia Is Thinking About Blocking Facebook Over Gay Emoji

A little while back Apple and many other platforms adopted a new Unicode standard for emojis that included, among other thing, emojis featuring same sex couples. More specifically, emoji featuring two men and a heart, two women and a heart,…

Apple’s U2 Album Giveaway Turned Kids Gay, Say Russian Wingnuts

According to some right-wing Russians, this is probably going to turn your kid gay: #u2 #Gift #u2songsofinnocence Thanks Barclays @U2Kouklitsa @vanycf @U2ThreeChords pic.twitter.com/hgXJ7aLloS — Dewood (@nirvana0898) November 3, 2014 That’s the cover of U2’s most recent album, Songs of Innocence.…

Anna Duritskaya, Girlfriend Of Murdered Putin Critic, In Hiding And Fearing For Her Life

Anna Duritskaya was standing right next to Russian opposition leader Boris Y. Nemtsov when he was gunned down just steps from the Kremlin. In fact, Anna Duritskaya and Nemtsov were walking home after a dinner out. Anna Duritskaya reportedly called…

Google Facing Another Antitrust Probe – in Russia

Google is facing another antitrust investigation, as Russian search company Yandex has asked the country’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Service to take a look at Google’s practices – specifically relating to Android. Yandex is upset by Google’s bundling of its search engine,…