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February 26, 2022, 8:50 PM

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Russell Brandom / The Verge:
NetBlocks: Russia has blocked access to Twitter amid a broader crackdown on social media platforms in the country; Russians can still access Twitter via VPNs  —  Disturbing images from the invasion have circulated widely on the platform  —  As the invasion of Ukraine enters its third day …
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.
Paresh Dave / Reuters:
YouTube says it is pausing ad monetization for RT and some other Russian channels, and blocks their access in Ukraine in response to “a government request”  —  YouTube on Saturday suspended multiple Russian channels, including state-funded media outlet RT, from generating revenue …
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Jennifer Koons / Axios:
The US, EU, UK, and Canada agree to cut off a “certain number of Russian banks” from the SWIFT international payments system  —  The European Union, United States and other western nations on Saturday announced they would cut off a “certain number of Russian banks” …
Grace Dean / Insider:
Customers of sanctioned Russian banks are unable to use their cards with Apple Pay and Google Pay, according to the Central Bank of Russia  —  - Customers of sanction-hit Russian banks are unable to use Apple and Google Pay, Russia's central bank said.  — These banks include VTB Group …
David Ingram / NBC News:
Experts say Russia may not be able to sidestep sanctions using cryptocurrencies, which have become a regulated business with safeguards against money laundering  —  Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have made it easier than ever to move money around the world without the help of traditional banks …
Bloomberg:
Reuters:
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:
Crypto became a viable option for transactions in Ukraine, where Tether is popular, after digital cash transfers were suspended and cash withdrawals limited  —  More than $15 million in cryptocurrency has been donated to Ukrainian groups since Russia attacked the country on February 24th, according to research firm Elliptic.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
James Archer / Rock, Paper, Shotgun:
Q&A with Valve president and co-founder Gabe Newell on the Steam Deck, the company's past and future hardware plans, consolidation in gaming, crypto, and more  —  We interview Valve's co-founder on hardware plans and consolidation in gaming  —  I recently had the chance to grill Gabe Newell …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
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 …
Adam Satariano / New York Times:
Russia says Apple, TikTok, and Spotify complied with a law requiring a local presence; Google took steps to comply; Meta and Twitter partially complied  —  Google, Apple and others were warned that they must comply with a new law, which would make them more vulnerable to the Kremlin's censorship demands.

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