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February 28, 2022, 3:50 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.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Microsoft says cyberattacks using new malware hit Ukraine hours before Russia's invasion began; the company added new signatures to Defender within three hours  —  - Brad Smith, Microsoft's president, wrote in a blog post on Monday about the company's efforts to keep Ukraine informed of cyberattacks.
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Sam Reynolds / CoinDesk:
Elliptic report: Ukraine's government has received nearly $20M in ether and bitcoin donations to resist Russia's invasion; Binance will donate $10M in crypto  —  FTX's Sam Bankman-Fried, Chain.com CEO Deepak Thapliyal made significant donations to the humanitarian effort.
Jay Bonggolto / Android Central:
TikTok confirms it is rolling out support for uploading up to 10-minute videos worldwide, 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.
Jeanne Whalen / Washington Post:
TSMC, Intel, GlobalFoundries, and other chipmakers begin 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.
Toby Sterling / Reuters:
In a letter, Apple claims its App Store IAP changes for Dutch dating apps comply with the Dutch regulator's rules and would need 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 plans to offer free, short-term housing for up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees and will work with Poland, Romania, Germany, and Hungary for long-term stays  —  Airbnb Inc. is offering free short-term housing for up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees who are fleeing the Russian invasion …
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 posted a pro-Russian message on their site  —  A member of the Conti ransomware group, believed to be Ukrainian of origin, has leaked the gang's internal chats …
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
A look at a newly revamped Whole Foods store in Washington, which is using palm-scanning Amazon One and computer vision-enabled Just Walk Out tech  —  A newly revamped store in Washington shows how thoroughly Amazon has woven itself into the grocery shopping experience.  —  “Would you like to sign in with your palm?”
João Carrasqueira / XDA Developers:
Axios:
Google Maps temporarily stops showing live traffic and busy area data in Ukraine after consulting local authorities, but basic 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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