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March 1, 2022, 5:10 AM

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Maxwell Strachan / VICE:
After Ukraine's request, Binance says banning Russians “would fly in the face of the reason why crypto exists”; NFT market DMarket bans Russians and Belarusians  —  Binance, the world's largest exchange, said “unilaterally” banning users “would fly in the face of the reason why crypto exists.”
Bloomberg:
Sources: the Biden administration is asking crypto exchanges globally to help thwart Russian individuals and organizations from using crypto to avoid sanctions  —  The Biden administration is asking crypto exchanges to help ensure that Russian individuals and organizations aren't using virtual currencies …
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.
Ivana Saric / Axios:
Meta says it “will be restricting access to RT and Sputnik across the EU at this time” following requests from several governments and the EU  —  Facebook parent Meta will restrict access to Russian state media on its platforms across the EU in response to Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine …
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Netflix won't add any Russian channels in the country “given the current situation” despite a regulation requiring it to add 20 federal channels from March 1  —  Russian rule requires services with more than 100,000 subscribers to carry some 20 Russian channels
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Social networks and the internet have been a valuable force multiplier for Ukraine and the allies of democracy during the early days of Russia's invasion  —  How much will it matter?  Notes on the platforms in wartime  —  Over the past decade, the biggest tech companies came to feel less …
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David Klepper / Associated Press:
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.
Mathew Di Salvo / Decrypt:
FTX announces Future Fund, planning to invest between $100M and $1B in 2022 in projects that “improve humanity's long-term prospects”, like safer AI development  —  The new fund will invest in nonprofit and for-profit projects—with a focus on AI and “reducing catastrophic biorisk,” among other areas.
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
A look at a newly revamped Whole Foods store in Washington, which uses palm-scanning Amazon One tech and Amazon's 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.
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 …

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