Russia Bans Facebook & Instagram, Quest Sees Ripple Effects

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The ongoing invasion of Ukraine has caused a huge backlash from businesses around the world, which has resulted in a laundry list of consumer products and services pulling out of both Russia and its ally Belarus.

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VR Headset From Russia Boasts Impressive Specs

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According to a report by Russian tech news publication Holographica.space , Roscosmos—a strategic partner of the Russia-based conference The Startup Village—used the event to showcase its first VR headset, the Roscosmos XR-1.

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Russia keeps getting hacked

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Russia — a nation that has famously been on the offensive when it comes to cyber attacks — is now facing its own barrage of hacks as multiple sanctions hit the country from the West. The state-owned news agency, TASS , reported that Putin called the anti-Russia sanctions failures.

Netflix suspends its streaming service in Russia

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Netflix has suspended its streaming service in Russia following the country's invasion of Ukraine toward the end of last month. Movies & TV News Netflix Russia Streaming

AMD has suspended chip sales to Russia

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AMD, maker of Radeon GPUs and Ryzen CPUs, is the latest global company to severe ties with Russia. Computing News AMD Chip Russia seconductor Ukraine

Sony, Microsoft have started suspending sales in Russia

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Sony has pulled Gran Turismo 7 in Russia, while Microsoft is suspending all sales of new products and services. Gaming News Microsoft Russia Sony

You can no longer buy Apple products in Russia

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After stopping the export of Apple products to Russia, Apple is now halting sales of all its products via its online store. Mobile News Apple Apple products Russia russian sanctions Tim Cook

Sony PlayStation becomes latest big brand to boycott Russia

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Sony has stopped selling PlayStation consoles and software in Russia, making it the latest major brand to pull out of the country over the war in Ukraine. Gaming News Playstation Russia Sony sony playstation Ukraine

Intel joins list of companies to halt shipping to Russia

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Intel has announced that it will stop shipments to Russia and Belarus, effective immediately. Computing Apple Belarus Google Intel Microsoft Russia Sony UkraineIt joins Apple, AMD, and others that have already done the same.

Cyberpunk 2077 developer halting all game sales in Russia

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CD Projekt Group's halting of sales to Russia also applies to all games sold through its online marketplace, GOG. Gaming News CD Projekt Group cd projekt red Russia Ukraine

Russia suspends Soyuz launches from Europe spaceport over EU sanctions

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The Russian space agency Roscosmos is halting launches of its Soyuz rockets from French Guiana in response to EU sanctions due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. News Roscosmos Russia space

Ukrainian STALKER 2 studio asks for support as Russia invades

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STALKER 2 studio GSC Game World is headquartered in Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, and is asking for support as Russia attacks border cities. Gaming News GSC Game World Russia Ukraine

Gaming’s biggest power players are cutting ties with Russia

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Gaming News Game industry Russia UkraineDevelopers and publishers from all corners of the gaming world are excluding Russian players following the country's invasion of Ukraine.

Russia Fines Google, Airbnb, Pinterest, and Twitch for Not Storing Data Where the Kremlin Can Get It

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Google is filing for bankruptcy in Russia

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Google is filing for bankruptcy in Russia, stating that the Russian government has seized its local bank account. Google Russia has published a notice of its intention to file for bankruptcy. SEE ALSO: How to keep up with the news from Russia and Ukraine.

Russia Just Banned Facebook

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Russian government officials take action to ban the use of Facebook inside the borders of the country in response to Facebook's block of state-led news media.

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The Real Reason Google Just Paused Advertising In Russia

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Google paused advertising online inside Russia, appearing to do so in response to Russia's demands for information control through Google's platforms.

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Oil and Gas Majors Race Out of Russia

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It’s a race to the door for oil and gas companies with operations in Russia. Over the past 24 hours, three major international oil companies—BP, Equinor, and Shell—have publicly announced they will get out of the Russian oil business in response to Russia’s war against Ukraine.

Ukraine's official Twitter account: Kick Russia off the platform

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Ukraine's official Twitter account has a message for the social media platform: Get Russia out of here. Thursday, the verified account of Ukraine posted an appeal to the people of Twitter, asking them to demand that Twitter remove the official Russia account from the platform.

Microsoft is suspending new sales in Russia

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Microsoft is suspending all new sales of its products and services in Russia amidst the invasion of Ukraine by Putin's forces. SEE ALSO: What social media platforms are doing to stop misinformation about Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Instagram is now completely blocked in Russia

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Instagram is now completely blocked in Russia. The ban, implemented at midnight on Monday, was confirmed by GlobalCheck (via Bloomberg) , a service examining internet restrictions in Russia. Instagram now joins Meta's Facebook which has already been banned by Russia.

Apple Ends All Product Sales In Russia Over Ukraine Invasion

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Apple has announced plans to stop all product sales in Russia, citing the nation's invasion of Ukraine as the reason. Apple Pay has been limited, too. News Technology

Russia officially bans Facebook and Instagram

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That appears to be the thinking of the Russian government, which on Monday, March 21, officially banned Facebook and Instagram from the country for what amounts to failing to police discussion of Russia's ongoing and deadly invasion of Ukraine.

Google Play users can't buy apps in Russia anymore

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based tech products and services are disappearing from Russia. The latest in line are all payment-based Google and YouTube services in Russia, as the country's war with Ukraine continues. This has numerous consequences for users of Google services in Russia. One by one, the U.S.-based

Russia Completely Bans Instagram Amid Invasion Of Ukraine

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Days after announcing plans to do so, Russia has banned access to Instagram, cutting off millions of users. The move follows a similar ban on Facebook. News Technology

Russia's Desperate Move To Get Around Tech Bans

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Russia makes an effort to get around big tech brand boycotts of the country's aggression in Ukraine by potentially legalizing software sharing. News Technology

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Moscow Warns Google, Apple, TikTok, and More to Set Up Offices in Russia

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based tech firms that they need to set up local offices in Russia by next year or maybe just get the hell out, according to Reuters. The Russian government has told 13 mostly U.S.-based

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PayPal ditches Russia over its unprovoked war with Ukraine

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In the latest of an ever-growing number of companies making the same decision, PayPal shut down its services in Russia. The move was a direct reaction to Russia's unprovoked war with Ukraine. SEE ALSO: Russia's second-largest internet provider cuts off Russian websites.

Russia Bans Instagram After Meta Allows Death Threats Against Russians

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Russia has begun to ban Instagram. Read more.

Reddit has quarantined r/Russia due to misinformation

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Reddit has quarantined subreddit r/Russia due to misinformation, as the internationally condemned Russian invasion of Ukraine continues into its sixth day. r/russia now bears a quarantine notice at the top of the subreddit. Over 265,000 redditors were subscribed to r/Russia as of Feb.

European Space Agency suspends joint Mars mission with Russia

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A joint mission to Mars between the European Space Agency Russia has been suspended due to Russian invasion of Ukraine. News ESA ExoMars Mars space

Russia wants to build its own reusable rocket, Roscosmos chief says

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News breaking twitter Russia soyuz space SpaceXThe agency also wants to go back to Venus.

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Starbucks Exits Russia, Shuts Down 130 Coffee Shops

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After 15 years of selling coffee and baked goods in Russia, Starbucks has announced that it has suspended all business activity in Russia. Following the steps of McDonalds, which announced last week that they would begin “de-arching,” or removing all its brand elements from Russia.

I'm Not Lovin' It: Russia Unveils New McDonald's Logo

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McDonald’s has been rebranded in Russia and the new restaurant’s logo has been revealed. Last month, the fast food chain announced its intention to leave the country due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Russia's second-largest internet provider cuts off Russian websites

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For better or worse, Russia's internet just got kneecapped. Cogent is an internet infrastructure provider that serves international clients, including many companies in Russia. SEE ALSO: How to keep up with the news from Russia and Ukraine.

Netflix is suspending its streaming services in Russia

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Netflix has suspended its services in Russia, as the country's war with neighbouring Ukraine continues. Earlier this month Netflix halted production on all its upcoming Russian series , as well as putting a pause on any acquisitions from Russia.

Windows 10 and 11 Downloads Mysteriously Halted in Russia

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Downloads of the most recent versions of Windows have stopped in Russia, according to a new report from Bleeping Computer. Microsoft hasn’t publicly clarified why this is happening, though we’ve reached out to the company for comment and will update our story if they respond. Read more.