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Mobile marketing professionals to meet on Black Sea beach (May 20-21)

On May 20-21, Odessa, a city in the Southern Ukraine, will play host to a major international mobile marketing event Mobile Beach Conference 2017. Some 1,500 international mobile marketing professionals are expected to attend.

Presented as “the most unconventional mobile marketing event,” it will take place at the Ibiza resort by the Black Sea.

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Uber competes with Russia’s Yandex.Taxi in Southern Ukraine

Almost simultaneously earlier this month, Uber and its Russian competitor Yandex.Taxi announced their expansion to Odessa, a major city in southern Ukraine.

Both companies offer their services at the same minimum price of 14 hryvnias (roughly 50 cents at the current exchange rate). However, unlike Uber, which supports both cash and cashless payments, Yandex.Taxi accepts only cash payments.

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Ukrainian social media users get five years in prison for ‘supporting separatism’

A Ukrainian court sentenced two men to five years in prison for “supporting separatism” on the social media website VKontakte on February 6.

The men, both residents of Sloviansk, were arrested by Ukraine’s Security Services in April 2015. They were convicted by a Sloviansk city court under an article of Ukraine’s penal code, “Infringement of the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine,” which carries with it a penalty of three to five years in prison.

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Ukraine’s first eSports business conference to be held in Kyiv (Feb. 22)

eSPORTconf UAH, which presents itself as Ukraine’s first eSports business conference, will be held on February 22 in Kyiv (Kiev). The event will bring together entrepreneurs and investors, as well as representatives of the gaming and gambling industry in Ukraine and other Russian-speaking countries.

Ukraine is among the top six countries with the most developed eSports industry. This market grows by 50% every year, according to Smile Expo, the organizer of the event.

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Ukraine sues Booking.com for operating in Crimea

The Crimea prosecution office, whose role is to apply Ukrainian law in a territory which has been under Russian control since March 2014, has filed a lawsuit against Booking.com.

The company, which is incorporated in the Netherlands, is accused of “violating Ukrainian and international law, as well as sanctions, not only by cooperating with bandit self-constituted authorities, but also by advertising and letting book accommodation in Crimean hotels which were stolen from Ukraine.”

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Ukrainian startup secures $500,000 in the UK to combat pains from bad posture

Ukrainian startup Mevics has attracted $500,000 from UB Tower, a UK-based investment consulting company backing projects from Central and Eastern Europe.

Founded in 2015 by three students from Odessa, Southern Ukraine, Mevics has developed a wearable gadget to “control your posture and take care of your health” and ultimately open “the new age of healthcare.”

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Ukrainian-British startup helps parents control kids’ mobile device use in 140 countries

Kidslox, a Ukrainian-British startup which helps parents “control kids’ mobile device time,” won the Startup Battle held in late November in Cherkassy, a city in central Ukraine. The contest was organized by Startup.Network as part of a series of industry events.

The purpose of this app is to put parents in control of their children’s screen time by setting time limits and establishing boundaries for their mobile and tablet device use.

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Unconventional digital marketing conference invites industry professionals to party (Kyiv, Dec. 16)

On December 16, Kyiv (Kiev) will host Digital Monkey, an event dedicated to business promotion methods using digital tools.

The event will combine a conference and a party for international and local professionals and enthusiasts from the digital industry, SMM, SEO, PR, design, blogging, advertising, journalism and content marketing.

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Russian online rental service launches in Ukraine

In early November The Locals, a Russian online platform for apartment rentals, made its debut in Ukraine — just days after Yandex.Taxi, another service from Russia, entered the market.

Launched in 2010, the service covers Russian cities Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Kazan. Following the extension to Kyiv (Kiev), The Locals is planning launch in Warsaw and Tel Aviv “in a couple of months or so,” co-founder Eugene Luchinin told Ukraine Digital News.

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Yandex.Taxi launches in Ukraine

In late October Yandex, the Russian search giant, launched taxi booking service Yandex.Taxi in Ukraine. The service – which operates exclusively in partnership with taxi companies – is available exclusively in Kiev (Kyiv), but Yandex plans to expand it beyond the Ukrainian capital.

“Our next targets are Odessa, Kharkiv (Kharkov) and Dnipro [previously known as Dnipropetrovsk],” said Elina Staviskaya, Head of PR projects at Yandex.Taxi, in an exchange with East-West Digital News.

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