Eurasia / Tech

Israeli agritech unveils “indoor growing” plans to challenge Iran’s global saffron dominance

bne IntelIiNews February 9, 2021

'Red gold' prized by famous chefs, Michelin starred restaurants, the natural cosmetics industry and the natural medicine industry. Also used as a dye in the textile industry.

“Try me” not telecoms minister Iran’s president tells hardliners in internet row

bne IntelIiNews January 27, 2021

“These days, the internet is like oxygen for people,” adds Rouhani protesting at move against cabinet member who allegedly refused to block Instagram.

Billion dollar deal signed to build science and technology centre in Almaty

Kanat Shaku in Almaty January 26, 2021

Clusters to focus on innovation, biomedical and information technology. Deal is between Turkey’s Gorkem Construction and Al-Farabi Kazakh National University.

Iran’s technology minister indicted for failing to properly implement internet censorship

bne IntelIiNews January 21, 2021

Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, who brought 4G to the Islamic Republic, seen as siding with the country's youth.

Durov rejects Western funds’ offer to buy 5%-10% of Telegram with $30bn valuation

Ben Aris in Berlin January 15, 2021

Russia’s most famous tech entrepreneur and the creator of the Telegram messaging service has rejected an offer by Western funds to buy a 5%-10% stake in the company with a valuation of $30bn.