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Oracle says it has “already suspended all operations” in Russia, following Ukrainian minister Mykhailo Fedorov’s request of Oracle and SAP to do so (@oracle)


The Verge: Read Tim Cook’s email to employees on Ukraine

Brian Fung / CNN: Ukraine wants Russia to be severed from the global internet. Experts say it’s a risky idea

Brian Fung / CNN: Apple suspends all product sales in Russia

Sarah Emerson / BuzzFeed News: Apple Halted All Product Sales In Russia And Disabled Maps Features In Ukraine

Afiq Fitri / Tech Monitor: Sanctions cut Russia off from global payments infrastructure

Mark Gurman / Bloomberg: Read Apple CEO Tim Cook’s Memo After Stopping Sales in Russia

Stephen Warwick / iMore: Russia’s biggest Apple premium reseller closes stores

Adam Lashinsky / Washington Post: Why is Apple mum on Ukraine?

Jason Snell / Macworld: Apple took a stand against Russia. Would it ever do the same with China?

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Apple pulls Russian state-owned media outlets RT and Sputnik from global App Stores

BBC: Apple, Nike and Google join brands limiting services

MacDailyNews: Ukraine ask Apple to kill App Store in Russia

Taylor Lyles / IGN: Apple Stops Selling Its Products in Russia in Light of Ukraine Invasion

Reuters: Moscow threatens to block Russian-language Wikipedia over invasion article

Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica: Microsoft identifies and mitigates new malware targeting Ukraine “within 3 hours”

Ariel Zilber / New York Post: What Apple CEO Tim Cook told employees about the Russia-Ukraine war

Washington Post: Apple pauses all product sales in Russia, citing concern for Ukraine

Daniel Petrov / PhoneArena: Apple stops all iPhone, iPad, or Mac store sales in Russia, but not the App Store

David Pierce / Protocol: Uber, the everything app

Benjamin Godfrey / Coinspeaker: Apple Suspends Sales of Its Products in Russia

Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac: Ukraine crisis puts Apple’s unsustainable dependence on China in the spotlight [Comment]

Stephen Warwick / iMore: Apple product prices skyrocket in Russia as resellers battle sanctions

Jonny Evans / Apple Must: Apple’s Russian sanctions have already begun to bite

Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac: Tim Cook email to employees about Ukraine: Will match donations two to one

Zara Briggs / Apple Take a Stand Against Russian Invasion; Netflix to Acquire Next Games


John Paczkowski / @johnpaczkowski: Apple on #Ukraine: we have disabled both traffic and live incidents in Apple Maps in Ukraine as a safety and precautionary measure for Ukrainian citizens…

@fedorovmykhailo: No more @Apple product sales in Russia! Now @tim_cook let’s finish the job and block @AppStore access in Russia. They kill our children, now kill their access!

John Paczkowski / @johnpaczkowski: “We have paused all product sales in Russia. Last week, we stopped all exports into our sales channel in the country. Apple Pay and other services have been limited. RT News and Sputnik News are no longer available for download from the App Store outside Russia.”…

Dr. Ian Garner / @irgarner: People are not ready for their iPhones to disappear to inflation and sanctions (joke seen in the wild today: “Don’t drop your iPhone, because it’s going to be your last”). People are not ready for hyper-inflation.

Kevin Rothrock / @kevinrothrock: Apple has suspended all sales through its official online store in Russia. For any purchases, the delivery date now shows “currently unavailable.” I guess people returning from the West can always bring new iPhones with them on the pla–OH WAIT…

@fedorovmykhailo: Joint forces of Ukrainian music industry, @mintsyfra and Slukh media appeal to the @AppleMusic and @Spotify leadership. We ask you to allow our artists change their album covers to draw the attention to the bloody war in Ukraine. Let us engage more Russian sane people!…

Stephen Nellis / @stephennellis: Apple has halted all product sales in Russia. The move was voluntary – it wasn’t required to do so by U.S. sanctions imposed last week – and is one of the most extraordinary actions taken yet by a U.S. company in response to the invasion of Ukraine – …

Benedict Evans / @benedictevans: As others have pointed out, Apple doesn’t have a problem doing business in China. (It’s always easier to stand on your principles when it’s not 20% of your revenue and most of your manufacturing)

Runa Sandvik / @runasand: Everybody deserves good security, including access to secure messaging apps in the App Store and all their updates.…

Benedict Evans / @benedictevans: Wondering if Apple has stopped sales in Russia because it doesn’t want to sell there or because, given FX volatility and banking sanctions, it just can’t sell there.

@zeynep: @alexstamos No worries. Apple employees will soon leap to action on China’s grave human rights crisis–especially after the screenshot of the offensive paragraph in the bravado memoir by the assistant district manager for agricultural affairs in Chengdu went viral. Sources say slack was lit.

Alex Stamos / @alexstamos: 1) I’m glad they didn’t cut off the App Store, as secure messaging and VPNs are critical to the domestic opposition. 2) Apple has done more for the PRC than any other US tech company has done for any other authoritarian state, and I hope this reopens that decision internally.…

Amir Efrati / @amir: Now up to 15 companies our list as @Dell halts device and server sales to Russia.…

Alex Stamos / @alexstamos: For example, Chinese dissidents are prevented by Apple’s hardware-rooted DRM from installing secure messengers and VPNs, which is exactly the use case we want in Russia. The PRC is conducting a genocide domestically; what more does Apple need to act?

John Scott-Railton / @jsrailton: 3/ Conversations about app privacy & location data risks can be a bit…abstract. Not in #Ukraine. I hope every VIP in Ukraine’s government has carefully assessed what apps are in their pockets. And which countries might be able to have a peek at the data.

John Scott-Railton / @jsrailton: 2/ The sheer amount of data emitted from the #Ukraine conflict is mind blowing. Example: all the random apps on folks’ phones, providing location information to god-knows-what-app-developer / data broker. Nice illustration that location data privacy = national security issue.

Benedict Evans / @benedictevans: @joristi That’s the second option.

Benedict Evans / @benedictevans: @alexstamos Apple finds it easier to stand on principle when other people’s money is at stake

Neil Cybart / @neilcybart: Tim Cook (in a message to employees) confirms that Apple stopped all exports to Russia. Based on language from the White House (released last week), Apple products would be included within export controls.…

@joristi: @benedictevans Or because the price of an iPhone dropped $200 overnight ?

Stephen Nellis / @stephennellis: Apple has previously halted some sales in both Russia (2014) and Turkey (2021) due to currency volatility –……

Neil Cybart / @neilcybart: Here’s the White House on export controls to Russia. “Russia-wide restrictions on sensitive U.S. technologies produced in foreign countries using U.S.-origin software, technology, or equipment.” Broad description. Would seem to include Apple products.……

Sami Fathi / @samifathi_: ? BREAKING: Tim Cook in an email to @Apple staff comments on #Ukraine and #Russia, saying “I know I speak for everyone at Apple in expressing our concern for all of those affected by the violence,” and adds Apple is donating to relief efforts. Full email here: Tip @Techmeme…

@thegrugq: @alexstamos Overwhelming public support and a powerful movement to get behind where there’s practically no potential for a negative outcome.

@jason: I’ve always loved the three act play format [brags about his tweet reply to Tim Cook, asking him to stop selling iPhones in Russia]

Quinn Nelson / @snazzyq: @stroughtonsmith This assumes Apple’s actions are somehow in support of Ukraine and not just pulling sales in countries that are in financial crisis as they’ve historically done.

Steve Troughton-Smith / @stroughtonsmith: @SnazzyQ I wouldn’t expect their discontinuation of product sales to be anything but a financial decision. The other steps they are taking are in support of Ukraine

Steve Troughton-Smith / @stroughtonsmith: For those expecting a keynote announcement today from Apple, it would have been in very poor taste without first responding to the crisis in Ukraine and the part, however small, it plays thereof. I imagine they are free to send out event invites now

Mark Scott / @markscott82: 6) resolve is hardening against Moscow, but concern that too strong action will limit access to companies’ services in Russia 7) that isn’t about making money. The swift sanctions already have taken that off the table.

Mark Scott / @markscott82: 3) they are getting different advice from different govts/regulators in terms of how to respond. 4) there’s also disunity between companies in appropriate response to the war — and a lack of playbook despite previous regional conflicts 5) no one wants to go first, on anything

Mark Scott / @markscott82: From discussions with ppl working inside tech companies over last week, a few things have become clear: 1) they were slow to react to uniqueness of war in Ukraine (no, this isn’t another Jan 6) 2) there’s disagreement on how far to go in response to Kremlin, esp on blocking

Daniel Strauss / @danielstrauss4: Time to dust off those Zunes.…

Gene Munster / @munster_gene: Bravo Tim! Apple continues to make the world a better place.

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