China acquires Lithuanian smartphone marketplace GetJar

GetJar, one of the very well known and used marketplace for free smartphone games got acquired. The buyer is Sungy Mobile Ltd. from China, the company behind the popular android app GoLauncher, who made the purchase for $5.3 million.

Transaction also included an incentive of 1.4 million shares to be paid to GetJar if they fulfill specific target goals in 2016. This puts the final price in the area of $35 million for this company.

Sungy Mobile made this investment for the purpose of using the data analytics from this platform in their marketing and advertisement strategy.

Back in 2012, GetJar was reported raising $42 million from Accel Partners and Tiger Global Management.

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New job openings in SEEMEA

Different vacancies in sales, marketing, finance, tech support, software development at a global mobile solutions company Infobip. Different locations.

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Prelovac Media, maker of ManageWP.com is looking for

Place of work: Belgrade, Serbia

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Different openings at the leading mobile technology company Monitise (formerly Pozitron). Place of work is in Istanbul.

Software Developer, Software Developer iOS, Software Developer Android, Front-End Developer, Graphic Designer, UI Designer etc

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“At Dome9 we’re running the world’s leading cloud security management-as-a-service that enables a vast array of customers, an easy deployment, configuration and management of their cloud security policies.”

Send your resume to jobs@dome9.com

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 Computer Vision Scientist – Catchoom (Spain)

We are looking for a talented, highly motivated computer vision scientist with an excellent theoretical and working knowledge of advanced image processing and matching. The successful candidate will develop and implement visual recognition algorithms to be used within new generations of mobile games, working in partnership with an international game development company.As part of Catchoom you will work on academic-quality research combined with real-world product development and impact, and have the opportunity to collaborate with top-tier mobile game designers and developers.

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Events in March in SEEMEA

We’ve placed events that we are aware in March. If you know some additional and it is related to technology and in SEEMEA region, feel free to let us know and we will include it.

ArabNet – Beirut, Lebanon – 4-6 March

4th Annual Africa Banking & Finance Conference – Nairobi, Kenya – 5-6 March

Go Youth Conference – Lisbon, Portugal – 15-16 March

Makerland 2014 – Warsaw, Poland – 17-19 March

Africa Trade Finance Week 2014 – Cape Town, South Africa – 17-19 March

ARABLAB – Dubai, UAE – 17-20 March

E-commerce One to One – Monaco, Monaco – 18-20 March

Ecommerce Show Africa – Johannesburg, South Africa – 18-20 March

Card and ePayment Africa Awards – Johannesburg, South Africa – 18-20 March

Webrazzi Digital – Istanbul, Turkey – 19 March

EU Future Internet Assembly – Athens, Greece – 18-20 March

Webiz, Zrenjanin, Serbia – 21-23 March

SME World Summit 2014 – Dubai, UAE – 26-27 March

Business Fashion & Technology – Krakow, Poland – 28 March

Google loosing monopoly on mobile firmware to Yandex

Google is a “household” name in CIS software on Andorid based devices.  For the first time, it is receiving some intensive competition from a Russian based company Yandex.

Yandex is launching a free alternative to Google’s firmware, and has already signed with Huawei and Explay. These devices are hitting the market this spring.  Users who opt in for these devices will receive 50Gb on Yandex.Disk cloud storage as a cool bonus.

With flexible development possibilities Yandex firmware is very attractive not only to users but also to developers. Becoming a new platform it has incredible development potential. As an additional incentive, manufacturers will get a percentage from the revenue generated by Yandex.kit.

Nokia and Samsung have also announced that they will allow Yandex to install their search engine, and iPhone and iOS apps are soon to be released too.

Yandex already has several international projects, first of which was a portal in Turkey in 2011. Future plans include cooperation with Czech portal Seznam, which controls most of the domestic market despite Google’s presence.

Consolidation brings forth new biggest portal in Poland

Orange Telecom has completed the sale of the oldest Polish horizontal portal Wirtualna Polska (wp.pl). The final price amounted to 383 mln PLN. Meanwhile, one of the buyers, O2 Group (o2.pl), has sold 20% of its shares to the fund MCI Management. The combined O2/WP is now the biggest portal in Poland.

WP and O2 will work together as the Grupa Wirtualna Polska. According to November’s data, the websites of  linked companies (taking into account shared visits) had 17.38 million of visitors and 2.82 billion of page views, taking the second place among web publishers after Google. They have the reach of 82% of the Polish internet.

The structural fusion will happen at the end of June. The new portal of the Grupa Wirtualna Polska has set itself a goal to achieve the level of 19.0 mln visitors montlhy, as it is the current result of Google with which the new structure wants to compete. They plan to develop video content, mobile offer and the premium content. After 5 years they plan to invest more in the e-commerce market.