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Central European Processing
Central Europe is becoming a hotbed for research and development for some of the world's largest companies. Michiel van Blommestein takes a look at this IT powerhouse in the heart of the continent.
Michiel van Blommestein
Michiel van Blommestein is a Dutch journalist who has been living in Poland since 2010. He worked as a technology journalist in the Netherlands before moving to Poland to work as a regular correspondent for various news outlets. He still loves the bits and bytes though.
The Hungarian ruling party has removed a planned levy on internet traffic from its proposed budget.
As Hungarians take to the streets to protest about a proposed levy on internet traffic, both sides set out their arguments.
The crowd's march took in the ruling party’s HQ, where protesters threw keyboards, mice and old hardware at the building.
Thousands of Hungarians are planning a demonstration against the country's internet tax plan, with businesses and ISPs also criticising the legislation.
Poland is planning to deal with all manner of online threats, from scammers impersonating its government bodies to other states spying on its IT systems.
Romania's local anti-corruption authorties are examining whether the government overpaid for resold Microsoft licences.
Cost effectiveness is replacing the low cost as the chief concern for those looking to outsource IT services - and Romania is hoping to take advantage.
Traditionally, Poland's tech companies used to stick to selling in their own home market. Now, things have changed.
Lenovo is targeting European countries in a big way - but don't expect to see its brand name on devices in western Europe's major markets.
Nearly two-thirds of Romania's computers run at least one piece of illegal software – a sign of a technological heritage that means it now has the most technology workers per capita in Europe.
The Chinese hardware company is making a push into the EU, starting with the east.
According to local reports, the telco could be split up into separate fixed and mobile businesses.
The Polish levy paid on blank storage media to compensate rightsholders for piracy should be added to even more hardware, according to the country's composers and writers.
Political instability in the region appears to be inspiring Ukraine's techies to seek pastures new.
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