Amazon arriving to Poland

Amazon, the American giant and one of the world’s biggest internet trading networks, plans to open three large logistics centers in Poland by 2015.

Within three years of their creation, Amazon will create 6 thousand of new workplaces. The company has just started to recruit for so-called ‘fulfillment centres’ and it is hiring production workers who will be responsible for the receipt of goods, warehousing and packaging. They also also team leaders and managers, computer scientists and engineers.

The ‘fulfillment centres’ are large warehouses where products are picked, packed and sent out to consumers. One Polish centre will be located in Sady (near Poznan) and two centres near the city of Wroclaw. Each centre will cover the area of 95.000 m2 and employ 2.000 people. Periodically, each centre will employ additional 3.000 people. In comparison, so far the largest distribution centre in Poland has belonged to UK supermarket chain Tesco, which covers an area of 60.000 m2.

The Polish logistic centres will be supporting Amazon’s retail operations all over Europe, particularly in Germany.

SEEMEA Region premiere – Arab Mobile App Challenge

The Arab Mobile App Challenge was held for the first time ever during January 2014. It gave the opportunity to everyone from Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Jordan, UAE or Qatar to take part and show of their skills in designing and developing new innovative mobile apps.

More than 150 teams from participating countries took part in the challenge and developed interesting and amazing apps focused on the assigned segments.

Apps needed to be focused on education, entertainment, health or entrepreneurship,  and the top ranked teams will have the opportunity to participate in the Mobile World Congress Finals in Barcelona at the end of February.  Apart from this, the chanllenge also awarded three first place app winners valuable cash prizes.

Three main winners were Loujee, the first ever Arab iOS app powering an educational toy for children ($50,000); Crowd Analyzer, from the UAE, automated Arabic social media platform covering Middle East and North Africa ($30,000); Markabaty from Jordan, helping car owners find workshops and troubleshoot problems ($20,000).

The teams who will go on to the World Mobile Congress are:  ICAPS (UAE), Baharat (Saudi Arabia), EduTechnoz (Qatar), The Pen (Jordan), and Grant Fit (Tunisia).

The Arab Mobile App Challenge was organized by Silatech and Ooredoo from Qatar, as well as the Applied Innovation Institute from the US.

 

Bitcoin bans continuing, Russia joins the wave

Virtual currency Bitcoin had its ups and downs since it was first created, but even when things started looking up financial and sustainability wise, Bitcoin faces another threat. It is being banned by more and more countries, claiming financial safety concerns.

Face it or not, Bitcoin is probably here to stay. Well not according to some countries including China, Denmark, India and several others.The newest addition to this group is Russia, which imposed a full ban on Bitcoin, first declaring it a hazard to the property rights of the citizens. After the warning of the Russia’s Central Bank about the use of virtual currency and the danger of it financing terrorism, Russia issued a full ban on the use of any such currency.

On the other hand there are countries that endorse the use of this virtual currency. One of them being the US, where Bitcoin was declared a regular currency by one federal judge and should be regulated no different than the dollar or Euro.

So while some countries are banning the use of virtual currency and firmly clutching their local currencies, some are announcing laws and procedures to certify and regulate it.

Polish Virtual Lego Game Startup Bloxy receives over $250k

Bloxy is an iPad / iPhone app game which is essentially a virtual Lego environment where the players can put together over 250 different pieces and build amazing structures. Lego has always been popular, but in recent times even more so, with more toys, cartoons, movies and collectibles. Here, however, you do not have to worry about pieces getting lost or eaten.

The app was developed by Polish “Next is Great”, and it just announced that it received a seed investment of $250,000. This funding was from the Polish business angel Michał Brański, a co-founder of Grupa o2, Poland’s leading media group.

Game is rather easy to handle and user friendly, so that even a 4-year-old kids have no problem in using it. It supports social sharing, and Lego works of art can be shared on Boxyworld.com. The company has announced preparation of 3D printing facility near the end of 2014, so all designs could be produced in real life.

google.fr privacy violation notice

Google.fr must place on home page notice of privacy fine

We all got used to see on Google’s home page only search box and very rarely something below of it, especially not some text regarding privacy fine. Well, if you go now to www.google.fr you can see notice below their search box or you can see it in this picture. A French court refused Google’s last minute complaint made on Friday to suspend an order. Therefore, Google will have to post a notice on Google.fr home page for 48 hours that they were fined €150,000 which was the maximum amount court could impose for violating data collection laws.

Of course, it is not the money that matters for a company such is Google. No company wants to be told what to place on its home page. Especially if it could or would mean a negative PR for the company. Google filed a complaint to the Conseil d’Etat, France’s highest appeals court for administrative law stating that the fine was too severe and that it would create irrepairable damage to their reputation. As you can see on www.google.fr main page or in screen picture they needed to place notice on a central position below their search box using Arial font size 13.

If some of you are surprised for such order, it was not the first case like that. In the last year Apple was ordered to place a notice on its website that that Samsung didn’t violate design patent for its iPad.

You can read decision and press release by French court. (French content)

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