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  • Online IM service MessengerFX reborn as a social platform called LiveGO

    MessengerFX, a major player from Turkey, looks to be making good use of the investment recently received from Golden Horn Ventures and is coming out with a whole new face and name. Rebranded LiveGO, the messaging service is actually a completely redeveloped version, although both brands will stay alive for a while, says founder Yusuf Yildirim. Started in 2006 as an online IM service… Read More

  • Fetch!'s revolutionary storage and retrieval platform launches

    [Istanbul] What’s on your disk other than your own data and applications? Media files, right? as which we’ve covered before, is a new kind of storage service that eliminates the process of uploading media files to a server, something that usually takes hours, by proactively fetching them from their sources and putting them in your online space. It’s like a golden… Read More

  • Turkish private shopping club Markafoni raises £4.7 million

    [Turkey] Markafoni, the Turkish private shopping club, has raised £4.7 million (11 million Turkish Lira) from Trayas, an investment group whose partners include leading European investors Klaus Hommels and Oliver Jung. Trayas seems to be focusing on investing in private shopping clubs, having already closed deals in Brazil, Switzerland and India. Of note, Hommels has previously invested… Read More

  • We have invites for the cloud storage game changer

    [Turkey] We recently previewed the upcoming cloud storage service which fetches media files and lets you stream them immediately. The service has created a lot of buzz, because it’s able to keep redundant copies of your files which you can access from anywhere with a browser, including files for the iPhone and PS3. These can be fetched automatically from bittorrent networks… Read More

  • Why does Turkish startup Sanalika feature on Google Zeitgeist 2009?

    [Turkey] Yesterday Google published its Zeitgeist 2009 and the fastest rising search terms across the globe caught my attention. I wasn’t at all surprised to see Michael Jackson, Facebook and Twitter featured. Or even Tuenti. But Sanalika which sits just below Twitter and above New Moon. I checked many blogs covering the Zeitgeist 2009 and a couple of them never even mentioned… Read More

  • is an innovative new cloud storage service

    [Turkey] Until now, there’s been a lot of chatter about in the Turkish tech scene – but no-one had seen it. Today they’ve let us in to have a look at the service. So imagine a service that downloads files from Rapidshare for you, then saves them on your 50GB account. Or forget about Rapidshare, maybe it collects files from Bittorrent automatically. Here’s… Read More

  • Turkey's Markafoni aims at a global play

    [Turkey]Markafoni, the first Turkish player in the wave of private shopping clubs in Europe, is planning to start operations in seven other countries by the end of 2010. Markafoni is planning to operate in Ukraine and Greece first, and looking at other markets. Markafoni was founded in June 2008, and also now operates in Australia under the name BrandsExclusive. Tolga Tatari, one of the… Read More

  • Turkey's AkAkce now 'scrobbling' print competitors for price comparison

    In Turkey, there is a new service which hasn’t been doing a lot of PR, but it’s developing into something pretty interesting. is fast becoming the nation’s price comparison market of choice. Koray Karatas, co-founder of the company, says the new features of Ankara based AkAkce have resulted from combining its online comparison model with the data acquired from… Read More

  • Turkish Etsy clone builds its reach at home

    Pasaj is a website for users to buy and sell handmade items. Just like Etsy in the US, Pasaj also focuses on a niche market and limits its sales on “user generated” products. Nokta, the leading Turkish online media company, founded Pasaj in January 2009 and inside a couple of months it has a reached nearly 10,000 items listed. That’s not bad for a Turkey-focused… Read More