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March 12, 2022, 5:15 PM

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Washington Post:
Sources: Apple and Google removed Kremlin critic Navalny's app in September after FSB agents came to top executives' homes and threatened to take them to prison  —  Russian agents came to the home of Google's top executive in Moscow to deliver a frightening ultimatum last September …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Twitter updated its iOS app to let users swipe between the algorithmic Home and reverse chronological Latest timelines but users can't make Latest the default  —  You won't be able to default to the chronological timeline  —  Twitter is rolling out a change that, frustratingly …
Reuters:
Sources: NSA and other agencies are investigating an attack that disabled Viasat's satellite internet service in Europe on February 24 as Russia invaded Ukraine  —  Western intelligence agencies are investigating a cyberattack by unidentified hackers that disrupted broadband satellite internet access …
Bojan Pancevski / Wall Street Journal:
People are sending news about Ukraine to Russians using a website that randomly selects from a list of ~20M phone numbers and ~140M email addresses in Russia  —  Website developed by hackers is new initiative in West's battle to counter Russia's propaganda campaign
Joel Khalili / TechRadar:
Profile of Aleksandr Litreev, a Russian exile who made a popular app to let detained protesters find legal help and a blockchain-based VPN to bypass censorship  —  Aleksandr Litreev escaped trial in Russia and now he's a thorn in the government's side  —  Audio player loading...
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Interview with CrowdTangle co-founder Brandon Silverman on social networks' responsibility to open up, including by doing and sharing their own research  —  CrowdTangle co-founder Brandon Silverman on social networks' responsibility to open up  —  Brandon Silverman knows more about how stories spread on Facebook than almost anyone.
More: ReutersTweets: @brendannyhan, @ekp, and @caseynewton
James Corbett / Off The Pitch:
Investigation: Socios, which partners with soccer clubs to offer fan tokens, has withheld crypto payments to staff to maintain the value of its chiliZ currency  —  - A five-month Off The Pitch investigation into Socios, which partners 55 football clubs and governing bodies …
Benjamin Wofford / Wired:
Profile of Joel Kaplan, who has built one of the most powerful lobbying operations in Washington DC, as he helps Meta navigate the Biden administration  —  How one man came to rule political speech on Facebook, command one of the largest lobbies in DC, and guide Zuck through disaster—and straight into it.
Scott Stedman / Forensic News:
An investigation into OnlyFans owner Leo Radvinsky, who has attracted law enforcement scrutiny amid reports of wage theft and potential underage sexual activity  —  The first digital trace of Leo Radvinsky dates back to 1997 when Radvinsky, then just 15-years-old, acted as a webmaster …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Yuga Labs, the creator of Bored Ape Yacht Club, acquires NFT collections CryptoPunks and Meebits from Larva Labs, along with 400+ CryptoPunks and 1.7K+ Meebits  —  Yuga Labs now controls three of the most valuable NFT collections on the market  —  Yuga Labs, the creator of Bored Ape Yacht Club …

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