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February 26, 2022, 3:35 PM

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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Alex Heath / The Verge:
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.
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 …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
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 …
Brian Fung / CNN:
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:
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
In a report, Chinese cybersecurity company Pangu Lab says the NSA is behind the Equation Group and Bvp47, a hacking tool in use for the past 10 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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