10 Things in Tech: Apple deals blow to Russia
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1. Apple just paused all product sales in Russia and pulled state media from the App Store. In response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine last week — and in a major move for the iPhone maker — Apple has stopped selling products in the country and blocked state media outlets outside of Russia.
- The company is in the process of pulling apps for state-run media outlets RT News and Sputnik News from App Stores outside of Russia. It's also limiting Apple Pay, affecting customers of sanction-hit Russian banks.
- Apple's decision follows a request from Ukraine's digital minister, who on Friday asked that the company stop providing products, apps, and services to Russia.
- "I am deeply concerned with the situation in Ukraine," CEO Tim Cook tweeted on Thursday. "We're doing all we can for our teams there and will be supporting local humanitarian efforts."
- Elsewhere, Google has blocked apps connected to the two Russian state-controlled outlets from its Play Store in Europe. The move brings the company's European app store policy in line with Google-owned YouTube, which blocked RT and Sputnik channels across the region.
In other news:
2. "The Batman" will not debut in Russia. The film, which was scheduled to screen on Thursday, will be paused as WarnerMedia, Disney, and Sony all announced they'd be halting movie releases in response to the invasion of Ukraine. What we know so far.
3. The many faces of Scooter Braun. The mega-manager behind Justin Bieber, who's used investments from PE firms to grow his talent-management empire from a boutique firm to a major enterprise, says he's the nice guy in a bad business. But Taylor Swift isn't the only person who's seen his dark side. Read the full profile here.
4. These are the most anticipated TV shows coming out in March. Using data from the app TV Time, Insider compiled a list of the top five shows users are looking forward to seeing this month — and it includes Hulu's Theranos drama, "The Dropout." See our full list here.
5. Crypto leaders share why they're flocking to Miami. Major companies are relocating to or heavily investing in Miami as it works towards becoming crypto's Silicon Valley. We spoke with leaders from FTX and BlockTower Capital, who explained their reasons for relocating — and why other crypto fanatics should follow suit.
6. A truck full of SpaceX Starlink terminals has arrived in Ukraine. A Ukrainian official posted a photo of the shipment of terminals, which connect to Starlink satellites to access high-speed internet. Get the full rundown.
7. Your Juno, a startup that wants to make women richer, has raised $2.2 million. The London-based fintech offers financial education to help women and non-binary users become better investors — and we got an exclusive look at the pitch deck it used to raise millions. Plus, check out our full database of hundreds of pitch decks.
8. We broke down how to protect yourself from data breaches. To prevent hackers from accessing or changing your personal data, be sure to use strong passwords, make backups, and be wary of clicking links. Here's how to protect yourself — and what to do if you've been hacked.
Odds and ends:
9. Jeep's first fully electric SUV will debut in 2023. Jeep's parent company gave a glimpse of the electric SUV during a presentation yesterday, and although it didn't give away too many details, we can see it's got a bulky look and a few quirky details. Check out the upcoming EV here.
10. Amazon's game-streaming service just launched. Luna, the company's cloud-based game service, is officially available for anyone in the US to use (and includes free games for Prime members). Get the rundown on Luna.
What we're watching today:
- Snowflake, Okta, and others are reporting earnings today. Keep up with earnings here.
- Cloud Expo Europe kicks off today in London.
- BlueHat IL, Microsoft's leading cybersecurity conference, starts today.
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