Bookmate warned users about a change of operator, Durov talked about pressure from Google and Apple on Telegram, VTB is testing its own metaverse and other news on April 17.

VTB is testing its own metaverse, Durov spoke about pressure from Google and Apple on Telegram: the main thing on April 17

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  • Kyrgyzstan intends to block TikTok. The Ministry of Digital Development of the Republic received a letter from the State Committee for National Security that in the Kyrgyz segment of TikTok “there is no systematic and principled approach to content censorship,” Kaktus. media.


  • The Bank of Russia expects the share of non-monetary transactions to grow to 90% in the next three to five years. At the end of 2023, its share was 83%.
  • Most retail investors experienced losses in stocks, currencies and physical assets in 2023. Of those who made profits, 71.43% noted that the return on all investments in 2023 ranged between 10 and 30%.
  • The Moscow Stock Exchange intends to carry out the first placement on the over-the-counter capital raising platform in the second quarter of 2024.


  • Pavel Durov denounced the pressure from Apple and Google on Telegram. These companies made it clear that if the messenger does not comply with their “recommendations”, it may be removed from the application stores.
  • Ozon has opened its own Ozon Profit platform to the entire market: it is a ready-to-use solution in the field of data labeling for machine learning and content moderation. The project focuses on technology companies, marketplaces and IT startups.
  • Wildberries launched car sales. Starting April 18, a new category will be available on the market: “Vehicles”. Chery brand cars will be the first available for purchase.
  • Red Wings airline, part of Rostec, plans to change its name. The main version of the new name is “Dawn”, writes Kommersant.

Services and technologies

  • The online hotel and apartment booking service Ostrovok has started working with individuals: now apartment and house owners will be able to publish their offers on the site. The standard booking fee is 15%.
  • Ozon will test displaying video from CCTV cameras at online drop-off points. The company hopes that this will simplify the work of the owners of the collection point: they will not have to send a video to analyze complaints, the market will be able to see everything for themselves.
  • Bookmate, a subscription service for reading e-books, warned users about a change of operator. From April 17, instead of Yandex Music LLC, it becomes Yandex Plus LLC. For users everything will remain the same.
  • VTB is testing its own metaverse: a platform with which you can hold online events with maximum live presence effect using 3D avatars.


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