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Yandex Data Factory and the Next Industrial Revolution: Steel, Oil, & AI
6 June, 19:00

Jane Zavalishina is the CEO of Yandex Data Factory, a spin-off of Yandex founded in 2014 to provide machine learning solutions to enterprises. In this post, Jane explains how YDF’s business has evolved since its launch, and why industrial AI is now in focus of its strategy.

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AI,industry,Yandex Data Factory
Yandex.Taxi Unveils Self-Driving Car Project
30 May, 19:07

Yandex’s on-demand transportation service Yandex.Taxi unveils its autonomous car project. The prototype of a self-driving car the company has developed is a step towards a comprehensive set of driverless technologies for application across a wide range of industries.

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AI,Yandex.Taxi,Self-driving car
Yandex Partners with Micromax, the 10th Largest Mobile Company, Heightens Device Differentiation with AI-Powered Yandex.Zen
5 May, 18:29

Yandex.Zen, an AI-powered personally targeted content feed based on the interests of each individual end user, was built to help mobile users on the go and in the moment with contextually relevant information. Through partnerships with Yandex.Zen, smartphone manufacturers can provide this personalized experience for their users to set their devices apart.  Today we are glad to announce we are enhancing device differentiation for another global partner, Micromax Informatics, the world’s 10th largest mobile brand.

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Celebration of Choice – A letter from Arkady Volozh, Yandex CEO
17 April, 16:33

In this blog post, I would like to share my reflections on the landmark settlement between Google and the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) (you can read the FAS press release here).

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antitrust,Android
From Point A to B: Inside Yandex.Taxi's Booming Ride-Hailing Business
10 April, 20:21

Yandex.Taxi’s commitment to high quality service and convenient options has led to significant growth over the last year.  Yandex.Taxi completed 16.2 million rides in December 2016 alone, growing at an annualized rate of 452% from December 2015 to 2016. Last year Yandex.Taxi also reached the significant milestone of 100 million total rides.

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Yandex.Taxi
Celebrating International Women’s Day
8 March, 10:00

International Women’s Day is a global celebration dedicated to women’s achievements inside and outside of the workplace. With 17 offices across nine countries, we’re proud to recognize the Yandex women around the world helping us build the next generation of intelligent products and services powered by machine learning.

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Introducing Yandex’s Machine Intelligence and Research Division
7 February, 10:00

Yandex proudly announces the creation of our new Machine Intelligence and Research (MIR) Division. The MIR division will function as a centralized, cross-functional unit to accelerate innovation and unify our core machine learning technologies. The MIR division will also transfer cutting-edge research from our various research teams into Yandex products and services.

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machine learning,MatrixNet,neural networks,AI,MIR
Yandex Provides Hyper-Targeting Opportunities to Advertising Clients
29 June 2016, 11:59

Yandex unveiled a new service for businesses advertising their products on the company’s websites, as well as websites in the Yandex Advertising Network, at its annual e-marketing conference Yac/m. The new service, Yandex.Audience, allows companies use their own customer information to segment audiences for hyper-targeted advertising, as well as target their ads to existing groups of customers to boost upselling campaigns, improve retention, and increase average spend.

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Yandex.Direct,personalisation
Yandex Unveils First Browser with Infinite Personally Targeted Recommended Content
8 June 2016, 12:50

Yandex builds personalised content recommendation technology Zen into Yandex Browser on all platforms in 24 countries and 15 languages. Based on the latest developments in artificial intelligence research, Zen recommendation technology uses the company’s vast global web index to pick stories, images, videos and other content for each individual user and offer it them right in the new tab of Yandex Browser.

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Disco,personalisation,browser,AI
Yandex Browser Pioneers Built-in DNS Security
21 April 2016, 11:50

Yandex kits out its browser with built-in domain name system protection technology to safeguard all users of Yandex Browser against DNS spoofing. This is the first time a browser comes with a DNS security technology on board.

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browser,security,DNS
New Yandex Service Uses Machine Learning for Hyperlocal Weather Forecast
26 November 2015, 11:04
Machine learning is Yandex's core technology. We’ve long been using it in almost all of our services — to answer users’ search queries, for machine translation, ad targeting, personal recommendations, and plotting routes on maps, among others. Since last year, our MatrixNet machine learning algorithm has been utilised for the optimisation of business processes in real enterprises — weopened Yandex Data Factory for this purpose.
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MatrixNet,personalisation,mobile,machine learning
Yandex Chat Bots for Telegram Messenger
27 October 2015, 10:38
Our job is to make life easier for everyone, which sometimes means just showing them the opportunities they have never thought of before. We are always on the lookout for new possibilities for our users on any platforms or devices.
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Telegram,mobile,AppMetrica
The New Mobile Analytics and Tracking: Real Time, All in One, Free for All
25 August 2015, 12:25
Yandex is rolling out a revamped version of its mobile app analytics platform – now under the name “AppMetrica”. The new platform features a powerful mobile ad tracking solution in addition to the pre-existing features – user analytics and crash reports. Now AppMetrica covers all key domains for marketers, publishers and developers – and they can access it completely for free and without any limits, in real-time mode and with a single SDK.
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Android,API,mobile,AppMetrica,Windows Phone
Yandex Rolls Out Multifunctional App for Android Users in Russia
6 August 2015, 12:15
With more than 85% of the smartphone market in Russia, Android continues to be the country’s favourite operating system. The great variety of devices within a $200 price range supporting this platform, among other things, has contributed to Android’s popularity with Russians who are happy to compromise some of their smartphone’s technical quality, such as memory space, for its affordability. ‘There’s an app for that’ doesn’t really do it for a lot of budget smartphone users.
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Android,mobile,search
Now We’re Looking for Lepton Flavour Violation
21 July 2015, 19:22
Wouldn’t we all like to think that the world that we’re living in is more or less stable? Isn’t there a certain pleasure to be sure that our feet will be pulled to the ground as firmly tomorrow as they are today? Isn’t it reassuring to know that the cup of tea we’ve just put on our desk won’t disappear instantly and reappear on the bottom of the sea on the other side of the planet having traveled its diameter on a straight line? In classical physics, Newton’s laws give us this reassurance. These laws bestow predictability on objects or events as they exist or happen in our reality - on a macroscopic level. On a microscopic level - in particle physics - Fermi’s interaction theory, for instance, postulates that the laws of physics remain the same even after a particle undergoes substantial transformation.
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Yandex Data Factory,Yandex School of Data Analysis,CERN,contest,Kaggle
Forgetting the right to search
15 June 2015, 13:38
The State Duma Committee on Information Policy and Communications has discussed a bill that requires search engine operators to delete hyperlinks to illegal or unreliable information, or even reliable information that refers to events that happened three years ago or more, from their search results on requests from individuals and without a court order.
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personal data,legislation,search,SERP
Tune in to Yandex.Radio
4 June 2015, 09:58
Today we’ve announced our newly hatched personal ‘jukebox’ media player Yandex.Radio. This service will be appreciated by anyone wishing to always hear ambient music matching their personal preferences, or serving as a backdrop to anything they do or how they feel at any time of their day or night. The user interface of Yandex.Radio is simple and intuitive – it just lets you play the music that you will enjoy.
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Yandex.Music,Yandex.Radio,personalisation
New Concept Yandex.Browser Boosts Privacy and Launches as Beta
21 May 2015, 10:32
The minimalist concept version of our Yandex.Browser launched at the end of last year to respond to the highly interactive nature of contemporary web browsing is now available as a beta version, which is designed to also address the rising demand for personal privacy.
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personal data,browser,security
Yandex.Market Helps International Retailers Reach Russian Consumers
30 March 2015, 12:01
Russian online consumers are avid cross-border shoppers, and this trend is growing. According to a survey conducted by a market research firm GFK, about half of web shoppers in Russia made at least one purchase from an online retailer in EU, China or US last year, up from 36% in 2013.
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Yandex.Market
Yandex Data Factory Predicts ‘Churn’ for World of Tanks
2 March 2015, 15:16
Customer loyalty and satisfaction is crucial in community-based gaming, where every single player matters, and devoted, experienced gamers are especially valuable for the game. Our big data unit,Yandex Data Factory, took game churn prediction – knowing how many gamers are likely to leave the game – to another level. Wargaming, an international MMOG developer, whose game World of Tanks, one of the world’s most financially successful games, with over 100 million registered players, can now determine more accurate which players are likely to stop playing soon and take measures to prevent that.
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Wargaming,Yandex Data Factory,Churn prediction