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March 1, 2022, 5:20 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 …
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Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple pauses all product sales in Russia, removes RT News and Sputnik News from the App Store outside Russia, and disables Apple Maps' live traffic in Ukraine  —  Apple today confirmed that it has stopped all product sales from its online website in Russia, which means customers in Russia …
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 …
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.”
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Kris Holt / Engadget:
Uber starts rolling out an Explore tab that lets users book dinner reservations, buy tickets to live events, and more, in 15 markets across the US and Mexico  —  Uber is rolling out a feature designed to help people discover new things in the areas around them.
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 …
Amanda Yeo / Mashable:
Reddit quarantines r/Russia and r/RussiaPolitics over “a high volume of information not supported by credible sources” and bans a mod for acting in bad faith  —  A moderator has also been removed.  —  Reddit has quarantined subreddit r/Russia due to misinformation …
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.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Time By Ping, which uses AI to help companies automate timesheets, raises a $36.5M Series B led by ACME and Anthos, bringing its total funding to $55M+  —  In the legal profession, timekeeping is an arduous process requiring careful documentation.  But the downsides of cutting corners are substantial.
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