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March 1, 2022, 2:35 PM

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Mark Scott / Politico:
YouTube plans to block Russia-backed RT and Sputnik in the European Union and the UK, following similar bans by Meta and TikTok, citing the invasion of Ukraine  —  Google's YouTube said Tuesday that it would block Kremlin-backed media outlets RT and Sputnik from Europe following similar bans by Facebook and TikTok.
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
Meta will demote content linking to Russian state media outlets on Facebook and Instagram globally and rolls out encrypted Instagram DMs in Ukraine and Russia  —  Meta is ramping up efforts to crack down on Russian propaganda and keep users in Russia and Ukraine safe, including …
Washington Post:
TikTok confirms it has shut down access to Russian sites RT and Sputnik in Europe following requests from individual governments and the European Union  —  Facebook and TikTok said Monday that the companies would shut down access to Kremlin-controlled media sites RT and Sputnik in Europe, setting the stage for retaliation from Russia.
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 …
Ivana Saric / Axios:
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Maxwell Strachan / VICE:
Binance, Coinbase, and others deny Ukrainian requests to freeze Russian and Belarusian accounts, citing “economic freedom”, but will comply with sanctions  —  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 …
Michael Kan / PCMag:
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
Symantec details China-linked backdoor Daxin, a Windows kernel driver that can hijack TCP connections to stealthily connect with command-and-control servers  —  Security researchers have discovered Daxin, a China-linked stealthy backdoor specifically designed for deployment in hardened corporate networks …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Amazon expands its Luna game streaming service across the US and adds free games for Prime members, one-click Twitch broadcasting, three new channels, and more  —  Amazon's game streaming service leaves its invite-only beta  —  Amazon Luna — the company's cloud-based game streaming service …
Washington Post:
After dire predictions, Russia has not yet unleashed a crippling cyberattack on Ukraine, leaving the country with functioning internet and infrastructure  —  For more than a decade, military commanders and outside experts have laid out blueprints for how cyberwar would unfold …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Instagram is rolling out auto-generated captions for videos, initially in 17 languages, after TikTok introduced the feature in April 2021  —  Instagram is introducing auto-generated captions for videos on its app, the company announced on Tuesday.  Instagram says the addition of captions …
More: 9to5Mac and The Verge
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
David Voreacos / Bloomberg:
The SEC says BitConnect founder Satish Kumbhani, charged with running a ~$2.4B Ponzi scheme, vanished from his native India and his “location remains unknown”  —  BitConnect founder Satish Kumbhani, charged criminally in the U.S. last week with a $2.4 billion Ponzi scheme, has vanished from his native India, officials said.

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