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February 26, 2022, 1:50 AM

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Bloomberg:
In a letter, Ukraine's vice prime minister Mykhailo Fedorov urges Tim Cook to halt Apple's product sales in Russia and shut down its App Store in the country  —  Mykhailo Fedorov, who serves as Ukraine's vice prime minister and oversees digital operations, urged Apple Inc. to halt product sales …
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Twitter temporarily pauses ads and its recommendations feature in Ukraine and Russia to minimize “risks associated with the conflict” and reduce misinformation  —  Twitter has temporarily paused ads in Ukraine and Russia, one of several steps the company is taking …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Taylor Lorenz / Input:
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Russia's telecom and internet regulator announces a “partial restriction” of access to Facebook over Meta blocking some Russian media outlets  —  The country's telecommunications and internet regulator announced the restriction on Friday, accusing Facebook of censoring Russia.
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Nick Clegg says Meta refused a Russian order to stop the independent fact-checking and labeling of content from four state-owned media organizations on Facebook  —  The Russian government says Facebook blocked four local media accounts  —  The Russian government has partially blocked access …
Rachel Lerman / Washington Post:
Researchers say they realized Russia had invaded Ukraine hours before the news broke thanks to Google Maps traffic info and a SAR satellite image of troops  —  It was 3:15 a.m. in Belgorod, Russia — much too early for a traffic jam, thought Jeffrey Lewis, who was watching the traffic pileup on Google Maps.
Brian Fung / CNN:
Source: The FCC, DOJ, and DHS have launched a review of media, telecom, and infrastructure companies, including submarine cable operators, with ties to Russia  —  (CNN Business)The Federal Communications Commission is on the hunt for companies it oversees that may have ownership ties to Russia …
Reuters:
The US restricts global tech exports to Russia, limiting access to a broad set of US-made products as well as foreign-produced goods built with US technology  —  The Biden administration announced sweeping export restrictions against Russia on Thursday, hammering its access to global exports …
Reuters:
Bloomberg:
Nvidia confirms an “incident” caused internal outages; source: the event appears to be a minor ransomware attack unrelated to Russia's invasion of Ukraine  —  A cyber breach suffered by Nvidia Corp. in recent days appears to have been a ransomware attack that's not connected …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Review of the $400 Steam Deck: customizable controls, powerful, and doubles as a Linux PC, but unfinished and buggy software, poor battery life, and a noisy fan  —  Early access memories  —  Both of these things are true:  —  First, I'm having more fun with the Steam Deck than any gadget I've tested in years.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
In a report, Pangu Lab, a Chinese cybersecurity company, says the NSA is behind the Equation Group and Bvp47, a backdoor malware in use for the past ten years  —  A Chinese security firm released a detailed report about what it says is malware created by Equation Group, a hacking group widely believed to be the NSA.

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