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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.
Andrada Fiscutean has been covering science and technology for more than six years. She also writes for PRO TV Group, the largest media organization in Romania.
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.
Romania is to get at least two 4G mobile networks in the coming months, with Vodafone announcing a test LTE network will go live this month, and Orange promising its own launch shortly after.
Poland remains Europe's undisputed outsourcing leader, but it's seeing Romania and Ukraine growing their presence in IT offshoring thanks to lower wage costs and an increasing range of services.
The social network has opened a new office in the Polish capital of Warsaw to look after Central and Eastern Europe.
Big Blue has opened a new security operations centre in the Polish city of Wroclaw, marking yet more expansion for the company in the the country.
The e-Poland project, intended to allow the country's citizens to do business with the government online, now won't go ahead til 2015 at the earliest.
Poland's Invisible Things Lab has launched its Linux-based desktop OS that uses sandboxed security.
Poland's great paywall has gone live, with content from 46 different publications shielded behind a single payment system. When it came to getting so many publishers to work together, it turns out technology was the easy part.
One of Europe's largest software companies is looking to acquire a Russian banking software company, not long after its plans for a buy on home turf failed.
With funding from the EU and new rollouts scheduled, Poland is improving its position as one of Europe's fixed broadband laggards - even as the country's mobile broadband is making progress.
Virgin Mobile has added another mobile operator to the Polish market, and one it hopes will attract a million customers in the country.
US testing company uTest has acquired Polish mobile app testing tools provider Apphance in a deal that's thought to be the biggest of its kind in the country.
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Poland is seeing the number of students opting to take IT courses rising year on year, but there are fears from one of the country's major e-commerce companies that a demand for programmers could still outstrip supply in the coming years
The Polish Chamber of Books is preparing a case against Chomikuj, whose content storage and sharing facilities it claims are being used to pirate books.
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