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Spotify is coming to Russia this fall, is this the end of Vkontakte’s illegal music circulation?

We all know Spotify, it’s a music streaming service, founded in Sweden four years ago, now present in 55 countries with around 24 million active users. For those not familiar with Vkontakte, or VK, it is a Russian social network, usually referred to as a “Russian Facebook clone”. It has approximately 60 million average daily… Read more

Alla Shabelnikova

MWC 2014 Daily Round-up: Day One

MWC14 Keynote: Operators and OTT players sketch out their value-added visions Five presenters took to the stage today at Mobile World Congress for the “Mobile, Disrupted: Challenging the State of Play” keynote session. Mobile operators Tele2, Millicom and VimpelCom were set to duke it out with mobile messaging apps WhatsApp and Kakao Talk, but, at… Read more

Paul Lambert

MWC 2014: OTTs to take centre stage at conference on Day 1

Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp last week was exquisitely timed, taking place just a few days before the start of Mobile World Congress. The GSM Association has landed an unexpected windfall for its conference program, having already scheduled WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to speak on the first day, Monday 24 February,… Read more

Pamela Clark-Dickson