Russian companies are increasingly buying homegrown software to avoid international sanctions, posing a challenge to US software companies. in the country’s $3 billion local market. OAO Sberbank’s life insurer started an online service running local operating system Rosa-Linux using an open-source PostgreSQL database, skipping alternatives from Microsoft, Oracle and IBM. Source Bloomberg
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Italian auction house Sant’Agostino said on Wednesday that bidders at its next sale will be able to settle up in Bitcoin, a world first according to the auctioneers. Early next week, around 600 Italian and foreign design objects, mostly pieces of furniture, will go under the hammer at Sant’Agostino and “Bitcoins will be accepted as payment”, the Turin auction house said in a statement. Source TheLocal
Indian warships have entered Vladivostok on Thursday to take part in the first Russian-Indian joint-force drills dubbed “Indra-2017,” Pacific Fleet spokesman Captain 2nd rank Nikolay Voskresensky said. Source: TASS
Billionaire investor George Soros has given away nearly $18 billion to his Open Society Foundations, transforming it into the “second largest” charity in the US after the Bill and Melinda Gates’ Foundation. Source: RT