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March 4, 2022, 8:20 AM

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Paresh Dave / Reuters:
Google stops selling online advertising in Russia including on Search, YouTube, and outside publishing partners, following similar moves by Twitter and Snap  —  Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google said on Thursday that it had stopped selling online advertising in Russia, a ban that covers search, YouTube and outside publishing partners.
The Economic Times:
CEO Brian Chesky says Airbnb is suspending all operations in Russia and Belarus  —  Home rental company Airbnb Inc is suspending all operations in Russia and Belarus, chief executive officer Brian Chesky said in a tweet on Thursday. … Earlier this week, Airbnb said it is offering free short-term housing …
Jordan Pearson / VICE:
OpenSea confirms it is banning users to comply with US sanctions, after some users with Iran-based IP addresses say their accounts and NFTs were deleted  —  Social media is flooded with reports of users in Venezuela not being able to use MetaMask and Infura, and Iranian users being locked out of OpenSea.
MK Manoylov / The Block:
MetaMask says an Infura “misconfiguration”, which has since been corrected, led to users in Venezuela reporting an inability to access the wallet on Thursday  —  Users of MetaMask based in Venezuela say they can no longer access the popular digital asset wallet.
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Jackie Wattles / CNN:
Experts warn that Russia can use satellite signals to geolocate and target Starlink users in Ukraine; Elon Musk says the “probability of being targeted is high”  —  New York (CNN Business)SpaceX CEO Elon Musk sent a truckload of Starlink antennas — which can be used to connect …
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Outside of Russia, Apple Maps and Weather apps now display Crimea as part of Ukraine, after displaying the region as not part of any country starting in 2019  —  In 2019, Apple made a controversial change in its Maps and Weather apps to show the Crimean Peninsula as a region of Russia for those living there.
Brian Fung / CNN:
ICANN rejects Ukraine's request to cut Russia off from the global internet, saying the proposal is neither technically feasible nor within its mission  —  (CNN)The international non-profit that coordinates management of the internet told Ukraine it will not intervene in the country's war with Russia …
Davey Alba / New York Times:
The US surgeon general formally requests Big Tech to turn over information about the scale of COVID-19 misinformation on their platforms before May 2  —  Dr. Vivek Murthy also demanded information from the platforms about the major sources of Covid-19 misinformation.  Companies have until May 2 to submit the data.
Andrew Rummer / The Block:
Mykhailo Fedorov cancels Ukraine's crypto airdrop plan, saying the government will instead announce, but not issue, NFTs to support the Ukrainian Armed Forces  —  Ukraine's government abruptly canceled its planned crypto airdrop and said it would instead sell NFTs to raise funds following last week's Russian invasion.
Scott Chipolina / Decrypt:
MIT Technology Review:
An investigation details Operation Safety Net, a sprawling surveillance program in Minnesota to track protesters and journalists after George Floyd's murder  —  Law enforcement agencies in Minnesota have been carrying out a secretive, long-running surveillance program targeting civil rights activists …

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