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March 1, 2022, 12:40 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 asks major 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 …
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.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
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.
Wall Street Journal:
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.
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.
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.
Morgan Meaker / Wired:
Interview with Australia's communications minister Paul Fletcher on the efficacy of the country's year-old news bargaining code with Google and Meta  —  A year after Australia forced tech giants to pay news outlets for the content they display, other countries want to follow suit.
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:
Zoom reports Q4 revenue of $1.07B, up 21% YoY, vs $1.05B est., net income of $490.5M, up 88% YoY, and 2,725 customers paying $100K+ annually, up 66% YoY  —  Growth has slowed in comparison to Zoom's business at the outset of the pandemic, but the company is shifting its focus to the enterprise
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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