Google announces expansion of All Access Music service to Ukraine

Google announced last week that they are expanding their All Access Music service to Ukraine among five other countries – Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Peru. With this latest move, Ukraine joins Russia as the only former Soviet republics with access to the service.

The All Access Music service launched last summer as a streaming music platform to compete with Pandora, Spotify, and others and has since expanded to dozens of countries around the globe.

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President Poroshenko promises 3G and 4G soon: Their implementation was held up by corruption

In a meeting met with representatives of public organizations last week, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he was astounded that Ukraine was one of the last countries in the world where 4G technology has not been implemented and 3G is weakly deployed.

The introduction of modern 3G and 4G communications technologies will quickly have a positive influence on the economy, he believes.

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Microsoft Ukraine GM joins presidential administration to carry out reforms

Microsoft Ukraine general manager Dmitry Shimkiv, who was an active participant in the Maidan Revolution, was appointed deputy head of the presidential administration for administrative, social and economic reform last week.

According to Ukrainian media, Shimkiv’s first task in his new post will be to reform the structure of the presidential administration so as to raise its efficiency and performance as much as possible. The scope of his activities will include not only economic reform, but a wider range of issues as well.

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Game of Code: Checkio gamifies and crowdsources the task of programming

Who says coding has to be boring? Checkio, a Las Vegas company with Ukrainian origins funded by Zappos founder Tony Hsieh, has come up with a way to turn writing code and helping others write code into a game.

The company’s latest addition to its web-based code-editing platform is a publish-and-share feature, where players can write, design, and publish custom coding missions and then share them across the Checkio community. Those who win the top scores in the leaderboards, which measure the “most elegant” solutions, can win prizes.

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Association agreement shows strong EU commitment to high tech cooperation; local businesses have mixed reactions

Hopes, fears and expectations are high in Ukraine following the signature of the association agreement with the European Union (EU) in late June. The science, research and innovation sectors, as well as high-tech investment and e-commerce, are no exceptions, since they are directly or indirectly impacted by  important sections of the economic part of the agreement.

“The EU’s willingness to show its commitment is apparently stronger than in previous agreements with other Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries. In the Ukrainian case, commitments are formulated more concretely and precisely, which may help deliver tangible results,” says André Loechel, President of the Paris-based Territories of Tomorrow Foundation, who has a strong knowledge of EU programs in the field of innovation.

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Ukrainian players respond: How the association agreement will impact the country’s IT, e-commerce and startup industries

Following the signature of the EU-Ukraine association agreement in late June, six figures of the Ukrainian high tech industry – EastLabs CEO Eveline Butchaskiy, Bionic Hill CEO Victor Galasyuk, Alexandr Ladyvir of Nova Poshta, UADM President Valentin Kalashnik, N-IX founder Andrew Pavliv, AVentures Capital’s Yevgen Sysoyev and TA Venture’s Viktoriya Tigipko – have shared with Ukraine Digital News their views on the potential consequences of the agreement.

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Ukraine wants to lessen reliance on foreign software and develop local IT industry

On July 3rd, the Ukrainian parliament voted to recommend that the national government cease using Russian-created software in state agencies. The move is billed as being in the interests of national security, as software created in Russia may carry cyber threats, Ukrainian lawmakers believe.

The bill, which was proposed by MPs Oleksandr Mochkov from Udar and Valeriy Omelchenko from Party of Regions, requires that the state inform the parliament about progress regarding implementation by December 1, 2014.

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Energy-management startup EcoisMe announces investment from Deutsche Telekom and Polish incubator Hubraum

EcoisMe, which has developed a system for managing energy at home, has obtained 30,000 euro from Polish incubator Hubraum at an undisclosed valuation. Consequently, the Ukrainian startup will move operations to Krakow, Poland.

EcoisMe has also reached an investment agreement with Deutsche Telekom, which manages Hubraum. According to the second agreement, the German telco giant will obtain 15% of shares in the Ukrainian startup in exchange for 50,000 euro.

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How Ukraine’s IT outsourcing industry has been impacted by the Maidan revolution

Since Ukraine popped up on the front pages of newspapers around the globe at the beginning of this year, there have been concerns – from both overseas customers and employees here in Ukraine – about how the Maidan revolution and its aftermath will impact the IT industry.

Let us try to quantify what’s happening right now in the industry with concrete numbers.

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Google and Microsoft rated most appealing employers for Ukrainian students

Universum, a global leader in employer branding, has released its first student survey in Ukraine. The survey reveals how attractive an employer is for students and indicates its position in relation to recruitment competitors.

Not only have Google and Microsoft been judged the most attractive IT employers, they also take the lead in the Business/Commerce and Engineering/Natural science rankings.

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