Facebook founder mulls Russian research center

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) – A Russian official says Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg is being encouraged to expand its operation in Russia.Russia’s communications minister tweeted that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev persuaded the social media giant’s founder Monday to abandon plans to lure away Russian programmers and instead open a research center in Moscow.Zuckerberg, who ditched his trademark hoodie and jeans for a suit and tie for his meeting with Medvedev, is visiting Russia as part of a world tour of programming contests to identify new talent. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Russian Web companies often command larger shares of the domestic market than U.S. counterparts. Facebook has roughly 9 million users in Russia. Domestic clone VK has around 34 million.Medvedev has cultivated a tech-friendly image since launching his modernization program while president.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Top Stories Sponsored Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more