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February 27, 2022, 3:15 AM

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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, U.S. and other Western nations on Saturday announced they would cut off a “certain number of Russian banks” from the SWIFT international …
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 …
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 …
Bloomberg:
Wall Street Journal:
Analysts: Ukraine conflict could accelerate the fracturing of internet, amid pressure on US tech giants from both Russia and the West to respond to the conflict  —  Conflict could accelerate the fracturing of the internet into the ‘splinternet,’ analysts say
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 …
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.
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
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.
Jason Koebler / VICE:
In a viral tweet, Elon Musk says SpaceX's Starlink 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
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 …
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:

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