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February 27, 2022, 5:15 PM

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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.
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” …
David Ingram / NBC News:
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
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 …
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 …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
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 viable for transactions in Ukraine, where Tether is popular, after its central bank suspended digital cash transfers and limited cash withdrawals  —  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.
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
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
A profile of iSTARE, an Intel hardware hacking group that analyzes and attacks future generations of chips to find critical flaws before they go into production  —  Researchers at iSTARE have to think like the bad guys, finding critical flaws before processors go to production.
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 …

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