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Ukraine

More platform players reject Russian aggression, stop sales there

Game publishers such as Epic Games, Ubisoft, Take-Two and Activision-Blizzard are joining the boycott of Russia by pausing the sale of games in the country.

Platform News: Facebook and WhatsApp messaging service

WhatsApp to launch new group polling functionality

WhatsApp is reportedly working on new functionality that will allow its users to create polls in group chats.

Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics becomes latest victim of ransomware group

Notorious hacking group Lapsus$, which recently threatened to leak source code belonging to Nvidia, has now leaked a massive collection of data from Samsung Electronics.

Twitch

Twitch seeks to ban creators that share ‘misinformation’ on the Internet

The move by Amazon.com-owned video streamer Twitch comes as other platform players are also seeking to crackdown on the spread of propaganda and fake news from Russian media outlet...

Platform News: Introducing a group of US-based Influencers on TikTok

TikTok rolls out support for 10-minute videos, challenges YouTube

TikTok, the viral platform that became wildly popular because of its once ubiquitous short-video model, is now allowing a select number of creators to upload videos up to 10-minute...

Google Chrome

Google’s Pixel smartphones get Fast Emergency Dialler

Google is rolling out the new fast emergency dialler to its Pixel smartphone models. With the feature, you’ll be able to access local contact information for police, fire, and medi...

Instagram

Instagram utilizes AI in captions to make videos more accessible

Meta Platforms-owned Instagram has introduced automatic captions to videos in an ongoing effort to make content on its platform more accessible.

Platform News: Epic Games, the maker of the Fortnite game

Epic Games continues acquisition spree by acquiring Bandcamp

Epic Games is continuing its habit of buying innovative creator-friendly companies. The US-based video game giant has announced plans to acquire the online music platform Bandcamp.

Apple App Store

Advocacy group to challenge the iOS browser status quo

Apple is being challenged by a group of developers to end WebKit’s dominance and allow other browser engines on the tech titans iPhone and iPad devices, following accusations...

Facebook is Meta

Facebook owner Meta will block access to Russia’s RT, Sputnik in EU

Meta Platforms Inc, parent company of Facebook, will restrict access to Russian state media outlets RT and Sputnik on its platforms across the European Union, the company’s h...

Netflix Streaming app

Netflix will not add state-run channels to Russian service

Netflix Inc has said that in the current circumstances it has no plans to add state-run channels to its Russian service, despite a regulation that would require the streaming servi...

Wise IPO

Payments companies Wise, Remitly suspend money transfer businesses in Russia

Cross-border payments company Wise and remittance processor Remitly have suspended their money transfer services in Russia, following new sanctions over the weekend against the cou...

Platform News: TikTok office building in the US

Russia tells TikTok not to recommend military content to minors

Russia’s communications regulator has demanded TikTok stop including military-related content in recommended posts for minors, in an announcement shared in its official Teleg...

Meta Platforms - Facebook

Meta says Ukraine’s military, politicians targeted in hacking campaign

Meta has said a hacking group used Facebook to target a handful of public figures in Ukraine, including prominent military officials, politicians and a journalist, amid Russia̵...

Sezzle

Buy now, pay later firm Zip to buy US rival Sezzle in $352 million deal

Buy now pay later (BNPL) firm Zip Co Ltd has said it would buy US-based Sezzle Inc in a A$491 million (approximately $352.59 million) deal, as it looks to further expand its reach ...