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February 28, 2022, 12:55 AM

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Grace Dean / Insider:
The Central Bank of Russia says customers of sanctioned Russian banks can't use their cards with Apple Pay and Google Pay abroad or to make online payments  —  - Customers of sanction-hit Russian banks are unable to use Apple and Google Pay, Russia's central bank said.
Wall Street Journal:
Analysts: Russia's invasion of Ukraine could accelerate the fracturing of the internet, amid pressure on US tech giants from both Russia and the West to respond  —  Conflict could accelerate the fracturing of the internet into the ‘splinternet,’ analysts say
Axios:
The US, the EU, the UK, and Canada agree to cut off a “certain number of Russian banks” from the SWIFT international payments system  —  The European Union, U.S. and other Western nations on Saturday announced they would cut off a “certain number of Russian banks” …
Alexander Marrow / Reuters:
Russia's regulator demands that Alphabet remove all restrictions on Russian-language YouTube channels of media outlets RBC, TV Zvezda, and Sputnik in Ukraine  —  Russia's state communications regulator on Sunday said it had written to Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google and demanded that access …
NetBlocks:
Russia's leading internet providers have restricted access to Twitter and Facebook  —  NetBlocks metrics confirm the restriction of Twitter in Russia from the morning of Saturday 26 February 2022.  Facebook servers have subsequently been restricted as of Sunday.
Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
How tech companies based in Kyiv, including Grammarly, Readdle, and MacPaw, are dealing with Russia's invasion of Ukraine  —  Russia officially invaded Ukraine Thursday.  The U.S. and its allies are imposing sanctions, but, as U.S. President Joe Biden said in a press conference Thursday …
Paresh Dave / Reuters:
Google says it is barring Russian state-funded media from using its ad technology to generate revenue on their own websites, apps, and YouTube videos  —  Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google barred on Saturday Russia's state-owned media outlet RT and other channels from receiving money for ads on their websites …
Reuters:
Meta prohibits Russian state media organizations from running ads or monetizing on its platform anywhere in the world  —  Meta Platforms Inc (FB.O) is barring Russian state media from running ads or monetizing on its platform anywhere in the world, the parent company of social media giant Facebook said on Friday.
Michael McSweeney / The Block:
Ukraine's official Twitter account and government officials post donation requests in the form of bitcoin, ether, and USDT amid Russia's invasion  —  Quick Take  — Ukraine's official Twitter account posted several requests for cryptocurrency donations on Saturday in the form of bitcoin, ether and USDT.
Elizabeth Lopatto / The Verge:
David Ingram / NBC News:
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Opinion: as Apple prepares to launch an iPhone SE 5G, the company should keep selling the older iPhone SE model and bring its price down to $199  —  Apple is planning to unveil a 5G iPhone SE in March—but the big news could be a price drop for the current model.
Jason Koebler / VICE:
In a viral tweet, Elon Musk says SpaceX's Starlink satellite internet is now active in Ukraine with “more terminals en route”, but it's unclear when or how many  —  Musk says SpaceX is sending Starlink terminals to Ukraine, though it's unclear when or how many.  —  Jason Koebler

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