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Ach, Turkey! Is This the Taxi of Tomorrow?

ImageBack in November, the city announced it would be replacing the iconic Crown Victoria with the first-ever purpose-built yellow cab. It released a questionnaire seeking input on what New Yorkers want from their new cab, as well as seeking votes on which of three designs—from Ford, Nissan and Turkish light-truck manufacturer Karsan—people preferred. Last week, the results of the survey were released, and today Karsan leaked the news that nearly 2/3s of the voters like their model, the most unusual of the three for sure. This was compared to 42 percent that liked the Nissan and 38 percent that liked the Ford. (The question was "yes-or-no," not "pick a favorite.")

US Lighting Science Group Enters Turkish Market

ImageLighting Science Group Corporation, an American manufacturer of LED-based lighting, has partnered with lighting distributor Orizzonte Group , a significant player inTurkey's infrastructural and construction lighting markets, as part of its effort to replicate the Company's U.S. domestic sales success overseas. Lighting Science Group chose the Orizzonte Group as an exclusive distributor because of their existing local sales and distribution capabilities, strong government and corporate connections, and working capital to grow the LED lighting market in Turkey.  

Turkey: Homemade Vehicles Take Root in Rural Regions

Image Ismail Aktekin is a simple farmer in Turkey's Konya province. But history may also remember him as a local Henry Ford. More than 40 years ago Aktekin started a cottage industry that built crude vehicles for his fellow farmers. These days Aktekin's grandson, also named Ismail, runs the business and says his shop produces about three of the vehicles per month. He estimated that some three-quarters of the local farmers own one. Demand these days is so great that several shops across several provinces are working full-tilt. Hundreds of the vehicles are produced every year in these small shops, most of them the size of a garage, usually located in villages. According to some estimates, there are roughly 250 people involved in their production and the sales are mainly in Turkey, although one farmer mentioned exports as far as Afghanistan.

Comodo Partners with ESDINAMICO

ImageIT security solutions provider Comodo (www.comodo.com) announced on Wednesday that it has partnered with South American Web software and security provider ESDINAMICO. ESDINAMICO will develop digital signatures solutions under the brand idSegura, using Comodo personal certificates.

Earlier this month, Comodo announced the availability of its SSL certificates through the Parallels Partner Storefront. With this partnership, ESDINAMICO customers will be able to request, authorize, reject or cancel certificates for themseleves, as idSegura integrates Comodo's Enterprise Public Key Infrastructure (EPKI).

Felicis Ventures' Aydin Senkut: The Next Great Mobile Company Is Not Here Yet

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Aydin Senkut.
Aydin Senkut, founder of Felicis Ventures, has an enviable track record. Founded in late 2005, Felicis has made roughly 60 investments, with 16 successful exits, including Mint, Tapulous and Aardvark. As anyone in the investment community will tell you, that’s not a shabby hit rate.

Maximizing Revenues with Value Added Services

Image“The dominance of the mobile screen may put in play applications in Africa that have been unsuccessfully attempted elsewhere around the world. Telenity is also concentrating on enabling applications specifically targeting users in Africa whose Internet experience is governed by their experience on the mobile phone. ”
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