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March 2, 2022, 9:00 AM

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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 …
Paresh Dave / Reuters:
Google will remove RT and Sputnik apps from the Play Store, after removing Russian state outlets from its news features, following a similar move by Apple  —  Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google said on Tuesday that it has blocked mobile apps connected to RT and Sputnik from its Play store …
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 …
Ivana Saric / Axios:
Mark Scott / Politico:
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
SOTU: Biden asks Congress to pass new rules to enhance child safety on social media, including banning targeted ads to, and data collection of, children  —  He wants to ban targeted advertising to kids  —  President Joe Biden called on Congress to pass new rules to enhance child safety …
Andrew Hutchinson / Social Media Today:
Meta releases its Q4 Widely Viewed Content report, showing the most viewed Facebook Page comes from a banned account; Meta would not reveal the account  —  Safe to say that Meta's efforts to refute the idea that Facebook amplifies divisive political content are not going exactly as it would have hoped.
BuzzFeed News:
Google Maps is removing newly added user content, like pins, in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, amid claims of its use in coordinating Russian military activity  —  Responding to claims that its Maps were being used to coordinate Russian military activity in Ukraine, Google …
Stephen Harrison / Slate:
How Russia's war with Ukraine is playing out on Wikipedia; Russian Wikipedia editors decided to call an invasion what it is, rejecting the Kremlin's narrative  —  On Thursday, President Vladimir Putin issued the order for Russian forces to invade Ukraine.  Since then, Russians …
Washington Post:
Twitter's crowdsourced fact-checking program Birdwatch remains a small pilot project 13 months after launch, with only 359 contributors flagging tweets in 2022  —  With the Ukraine war unfolding on social media, parsing fact from fiction has never been trickier — or, for those involved, more urgent.
Vikas SN / Moneycontrol:
Netflix acquires Finnish game developer Next Games for around $72M; the studio specializes in games based on entertainment franchises, such as Stranger Things  —  Next Games had released ‘Stranger Things: Puzzle Tales’, a role-playing game based on the streaming giant's hit 80s horror drama series in October last year.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Connecteam, which helps employers manage their deskless workforce, raises a $120M Series C led by Stripes and Insight, source says at an $800M+ valuation  —  After years of being overlooked, front-line employees and others who do not sit at desks all day are taking center stage in a new wave of workplace productivity apps.

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