From Manhattan with love: Mac computer museum opens in Kyiv

Last month MacPaw, a Kyiv (Kiev)-based company that develop software products for Mac users, announced the launch of a one-of-a-kind exhibition of Apple hardware at its office last month.

The collection features 40 Mac computers from each generation which not so long ago belonged to a legendary Manhattan-based repair shop Tekserve. The shop used to be so famous that it was even featured in the series “Sex and the City” as an illustration of the Manhattan lifestyle.

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New report sheds light on the Ukrainian venture market in 2016

The Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA) has just released its venture capital and private equity overview, a report that features data about angel, venture and private equity investment deals involving companies in Ukraine, or with strong Ukrainian roots, in 2016.

According to the study, 2016 saw the highest number of investment deals since 2010. There were 87 deals in total, which is 32% more than the previous year.

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American-Ukrainian startup People.ai secures $7 million to automate sales operations

People.ai, a startup which has developed an AI-based predictive tool for sales managers, has raised $7 million in Series A funding led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, TechCrunch reports. The startup will use the funding to scale out its product and sales teams, and engage in more enterprise-focused R&D.

Index Ventures and Shasta Ventures also participated in the round, alongside existing investors Y Combinator and SV Angel.

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Yandex’s Ukrainian offices searched by security service

Two weeks after the Ukrainian authorities banned leading Russian Internet sites as part of sanctions affecting 468 Russian legal entities, Yandex announced that the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) conducted searches at the company’s offices in Kiev and Odessa.

Yandex.Ukraine management and employees are accused of having gathered personal data of Ukrainian users and transmitted them to Russian security services.

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Ukrainians love to buy mobile phones online

More than one in four Ukrainian online shoppers bought smartphones and mobiles phones in the first quarter of this year, the Ukrainian Retail Association reported, citing a research released by local e-commerce platform Price.ua.

With nearly 5% of online consumers buying them, car tyres were the second most popular category. TV sets (4%), tablets (2%) and laptops (2%) completed the list.

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How to run a successful IT business in Ukraine: Industry experts meet and discuss in Dnipro

The fifth edition of the ITEM conference will be held in Dnipro (a city of Central Ukraine formerly known as Dnipropetrovsk) on June 17-18. More than 1,000 developers, project managers and top managers of IT companies from all over Ukraine are expected to attend.

Local and international speakers will share their experience in running a successful IT business in Ukraine.

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Smart garbage bins and pedestrian crossings to empower Kyiv

Earlier this month the Ukrainian capital Kyiv (Kiev) saw its central part equipped with 50 high-tech underground garbage containers for solid urban waste, reported Kiev City State Administration (KCSA).

Another 250 containers will appear in the city by the end of the year, with the total number reaching one thousand next year.

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Ukrainian hacker sentenced by US court for “the largest known computer hacking and securities fraud scheme”

Yesterday Ukrainian hacker Vadym Iermolovych, 29, was sentenced to 30 months in prison by the US court after he was charged with “conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit computer hacking, and aggravated identity theft” last year.

In addition to the prison term, Iermolovych was sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution of some $3 million.

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Ukrainian NGO launches programming courses in Moldova and Slovakia, more countries to join

BrainBasket Foundation, a Ukrainian NGO dedicated to IT education, has announced the expansion of its Technology Nation education program to two Slovakian cities — Bratislava and Kosice.

“Allowing people to learn basics of programming for free while getting a certificate from Harvard University is a great initiative, and I am happy to support BrainBasket Foundation in this initiative,” commented Dusan Duffek, partner and co-founder at 0100 Ventures.

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Ukraine’s first bitcoin ATM appears in Odessa

In late April, a two-way bitcoin ATM was installed in Odessa, Southern Ukraine. It is the first ATM of its kind in the country, reports local online publication Cryptocurrency.tech.

The device allows both selling and buying hryvnias and bitcoins. Users may withdraw amounts of at least 500 hryvnias or 0.1 bitcoin (around $20 at the current exchange rates).

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