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February 28, 2022, 2:00 PM

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NBC News:
Meta and Twitter removed two anti-Ukrainian “covert influence operations” over the weekend, one tied to Russia and the other to Belarus  —  Facebook and Twitter removed two anti-Ukrainian “covert influence operations” over the weekend, one tied to Russia and another with connections to Belarus, the companies said.
David Klepper / Associated Press:
Russia has increased propaganda and disinformation on social media to divide Western audiences, stir up anti-Ukraine sentiment, and galvanize domestic support  —  The Russian TikTok video has it all: a cat, puppies and a pulsing background beat.  It's cute, watchable and hardly seems the stuff of state propaganda.
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Sam Reynolds / CoinDesk:
Elliptic report: Ukraine's government has received nearly $20M in ether and bitcoin; Binance will donate $10M in crypto  —  FTX's Sam Bankman-Fried, Chain.com CEO Deepak Thapliyal made significant donations to the humanitarian effort.  —  The Ukraine government's call for donations to resist …
Jeanne Whalen / Washington Post:
TSMC, Intel, GlobalFoundries, and other chipmakers have begun halting sales to Russia in response to US sanctions  —  The global computer chip industry, including the giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, has begun halting sales to Russia in the wake of U.S. sanctions aimed at punishing Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
Jay Bonggolto / Android Central:
TikTok confirms it is rolling out support for 10 minute videos, up from three minutes  —  The new capability is rolling out to everyone worldwide.  —  What you need to know  — TikTok has confirmed the global rollout of 10-minute video uploads.  — The new capability is available on both the TikTok app and website.
Toby Sterling / Reuters:
In a letter, Apple says its App Store IAP changes for Dutch dating apps comply with the Dutch regulator's rules and require only a “minor technical change”  —  Apple (AAPL.O) argued in a letter to the Dutch consumer watchdog obtained by Reuters on Monday that it has complied …
Michael Tobin / Bloomberg:
Airbnb says it will provide free, short-term housing for up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees, after housing over 21,000 Afghan refugees last year  —  Airbnb Inc. is offering free short-term housing for up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees who are fleeing the Russian invasion of their country …
Richard Lai / Engadget:
OnePlus says its flagship 10 Pro will launch in the US, Europe, and India in March and appears to backtrack from creating a unified OS with Oppo  —  While most OnePlus phones had been made available globally before “reaching” China, that wasn't the case with the OnePlus 10 Pro …
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
A pro-Ukraine member of the Conti ransomware gang posts 339 days' worth of the group's chat logs, after its leaders declared support for Russia  —  A member of the Conti ransomware group, believed to be Ukrainian of origin, has leaked the gang's internal chats after the group's leaders posted …
João Carrasqueira / XDA Developers:
Axios:
Google Maps temporarily stops displaying live traffic and “busy area” data in Ukraine, but basic traffic navigation is still available  —  Google Maps has temporarily disabled some of its tools for Ukraine following the Russian military's invasion of the country, a spokesperson confirmed Sunday.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Honor unveils Magic 4 Pro with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, 6.81-inch LTPO OLED display, and 100W wireless charging, starting at €1,099, available in the coming months  —  Charging to 50 percent in 15 minutes, wirelessly  —  Honor's latest flagship smartphone, the Magic 4 Pro …

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