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March 4, 2022, 5:25 PM

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The Verge:
Roskomnadzor says it is blocking Facebook in Russia, citing 26 cases of “discrimination against Russian media and information resources” since October 2020  —  There have been protests throughout the country  —  Russia's communications agency Roskomnadzor announced Friday that it is blocking access to Facebook in Russia.
BuzzFeed News:
Roskomnadzor has reportedly blocked Twitter in Russia  —  Russia's communications regulator said it blocked Facebook because of “discrimination against Russian media and information resources.”  Twitter was blocked shortly after.  —  Copy  —  Facebook and Twitter on Friday were blocked in Russia …
Brad Smith / Microsoft On the Issues:
Microsoft suspends new sales of its products and services in Russia, and is working with the US, EU, and UK to stop “many aspects” of business in the country  —  Like the rest of the world, we are horrified, angered and saddened by the images and news coming from the war in Ukraine …
Paresh Dave / Reuters:
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Sources: Apple is working on a “Mac Studio”, which will be based on the Mac mini and come with an M1 Max or a more powerful chip  —  As Apple gets closer to its deadline for completing the transition from Intel Macs to Apple Silicon, the company is expected to introduce …
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Sources: Apple is working on a new “Studio Display” with a 7K resolution, which may include an A13 chip  —  Apple has given no sign that it is working on a new version of the Pro Display XDR, which was introduced in 2019.  However, rumors suggest that there are new external displays …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
In a memo, Tim Cook says Apple's corporate staff will have to work from the office at least one day per week from April 11, and three days per week from May 23  —  Apple Inc. has set an April 11 deadline for corporate employees to return to in-person work, marking a key test of whether …
Carly Page / TechCrunch:
Have I Been Pwned: hackers stole 71,000 Nvidia staff credentials, including email IDs and Windows password hashes, many of which were “cracked and circulated”  —  The ransomware group that claims to have taken a terabyte of data from chipmaking giant Nvidia is threatening to release the company's …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft completes its $19.7B acquisition of Nuance, announced in April 2021, after the UK's CMA approved the deal earlier this week  —  Microsoft completed its $19.7 billion acquisition of voice technology company Nuance Communications on Friday morning, two days after clearing their final regulatory hurdle.
Washington Post:
Cogent, one of the world's largest internet backbone providers, says it will cut off all Russian customers, including the state-owned telecom giant Rostelecom  —  A leading American Internet service provider, Cogent Communications, said it was severing relations with Russian customers on Friday …
Thomas Claburn / The Register:
Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla create Interop 2022, a browser benchmark to resolve compatibility issues identified by web developers in 15 specifications  —  Browser makers set aside differences  —  Browser makers Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla, along with software consultancies Bocoup …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
After reports that Samsung phones throttle ~10K apps, the company plans to release an update soon “so users can control the performance while running game apps”  —  Device owners will be able to toggle performance after a future update  —  Samsung has addressed reports …
CNBC:
Disney announces a Disney+ ad-supported tier, launching in the US this year and internationally in 2023, as part of its push for 230M-260M subscribers by 2024  —  - Disney announced a new ad-supported tier for its Disney+ streaming service on Friday.  — Disney did not provide a launch date …
Mark Scott / Politico:
Telegram says it is blocking Kremlin-backed media outlets in the EU, including all RT channels, starting for users who signed in with an EU-based phone number  —  Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok all scrubbed Russia's RT — and its channels in English, Spanish, French and German …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
The Verge co-founder and Executive Editor Dieter Bohn is leaving the media industry after 20 years to join Google's Platforms & Ecosystems team  —  I'm moving on from media  —  Ten years after we founded it, The Verge continues to be the best place to discover the import and impact …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple shareholders approve a proposal requiring audits of the company's impact on civil rights, a rare instance of investors defying Apple's recommendations  —  Apple Inc. shareholders approved an outside proposal requiring audits of the company's impact on civil rights …
Bloomberg:
Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile have spent $118.4B on 5G airwaves and network upgrades, compared to $61.8B spent on 4G, but have little to no revenue to show for it  —  When Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile introduced the first 5G mobile services in the U.S. three years ago …

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