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Russia postpones smartphone software law until January 2021:TASS – Source Reuters Tech News

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia on Tuesday pushed back legislation that would require all smartphones, computers and smart TV sets sold in Russia to come pre-installed with Russian software, by six months until January 1, 2021, the TASS news agency reported.

The bill, which won approval from Russia’s lower house of parliament in November 2019, seeks to help Russian IT firms compete with foreign companies.

Reporting by Andrey Kuzmin; writing by Alexander Marrow; editing by Jason Neely

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