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February 28, 2022, 4:50 AM

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NetBlocks:
Russia's leading internet providers have restricted access to Twitter and Facebook  —  NetBlocks metrics confirm the restriction of Twitter in Russia from the morning of Saturday 26 February 2022.  Facebook servers have subsequently been restricted as of Sunday.
David Klepper / Associated Press:
How Russia is trying to use social media platforms to stir up anti-Ukraine sentiment by spreading propaganda, disinformation, and discord online  —  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.
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 …
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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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.
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 …
Monica Chin / The Verge:
Samsung updates its Galaxy Book Pro laptops with 1080p webcams, Intel 12th Gen CPUs, and brighter AMOLED displays, starting at $1,050 and shipping on April 1  —  There's a clamshell and a convertible  —  Samsung has announced two updates to its premium Galaxy Book line: the Galaxy Book 2 Pro and Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360.
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.
David Ingram / NBC News:
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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.

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