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Kremlin critic Navalny calls for Google and Meta to turn their adtech into an anti-war weapon

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny has called on tech giants Google and Meta/Facebook to help circumvent Putin’s grip on the media and get information out to ordinary Russians about what&#8217

Tech workers describe detentions and interrogations as they flee Russia

Russia's interrogation of fleeing tech workers became commonplace after the war in Ukraine began. One Russian said his devices were taken away at the border: "Let's leave the motherland’s secrets in

Tech talent flees Russia as Western sanctions bite

Russia is seeing an exodus of entrepreneurs, computer programmers and other educated middle-class citizens as Western sanctions and political instability make it impossible to run an international bus

Germany warns against using Kaspersky software, citing ‘considerable’ cyber risk after Russia’s invasion

The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) warned organizations against using Kaspersky antivirus software over fears it could be exploited for cyber-espionage or launching cyberattacks

China’s social media giants remove ‘inappropriate’ Ukraine content

China has stuck to its position of refusing to call Russia’s military actions in Ukraine an “invasion” or condemn Moscow, but its people are taking to social media to express their f

How the tech industry is responding to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

As the situation in Ukraine develops, TechCrunch will continue to bring news and analysis on how the conflict unfolds across the tech and startup community.

Bumble makes its first acquisition with deal for French Gen Z dating app, Fruitz

Dating app company Bumble, Inc. is making its first acquisition with today’s news that it’s adding the fast-growing French dating app Fruitz to its family of applications. Though Bumble, I

Austria’s PlanRadar, which digitizes construction and real estate docs, raises $70M Series B

Back in March Vienna-based PlanRadar snapped up a €30 million Series A to digitize construction and real estate projects. The Austrian startup — a platform for documentation and communication

Russia’s FSB ‘shuts down’ notorious REvil ransomware gang

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) announced on Friday that it has raided and shut down the operations of the notorious REvil ransomware gang. The unprecedented move — which will undoubtedly

REvil ransomware group goes dark after its Tor sites were hijacked

REvil, the notorious Russian-linked ransomware gang responsible for the high-profile cyberattacks on Kaseya, Travelex and JBS earlier this year, has disappeared again after its Tor payment portal and

Russian authorities arrest cybersecurity giant Group-IB’s CEO on treason charges

Russian authorities have arrested and detained Ilya Sachkov, the co-founder and chief executive of Group-IB — one of the biggest cybersecurity companies in the country — on charges of treason. Det

Clop ransomware gang doxes two new victims days after police raids

The notorious Clop ransomware operation appears to be back in business, just days after Ukrainian police arrested six alleged members of the gang. Last week, a law enforcement operation conducted by t

Deepfake video app Avatarify, which processes on-phone, plans digital watermark for videos

Making deepfake videos used to be hard. Now all you need is a smartphone. Avatarify, a startup that allows people to make deepfake videos directly on their phone rather than in the cloud, is soaring u

S16 Angel Fund launches a community of founders to invest in other founders

Ten years ago a group of young tech founders in Moscow decided to get an apartment together, at Shmitovskiy Lane 16. In time, the ecosystem around the group swelled to the point where today it now enc

From bioprinting lab-grown meat in Russia to Beyond Meat in the US, KFC is embracing the future of food

From a partnership with the Russian company 3D Bioprinting Solutions to make chicken meat replacement using plant material and lab-cultured chicken cells to an expansion of its Beyond Fried Chicken pi

Why is Eugene Kaspersky funding a travel accelerator during COVID-19?

Eugene Kaspersky made a name for himself in cybersecurity as CEO of Kaspersky Labs, but the Russian security expert has a new passion project: he’s funding an online accelerator that aims to sup

Russia’s push back against big tech has major consequences for Apple

Tech companies are getting so large that Russia is fast-tracking laws aimed at developing "digital sovereignty." How will these regulations affect tech companies looking to do business in the country?

Instreamatic signs deals to allow people to talk to adverts on streaming services like an Alexa

Most in tech would agree that following the launch of Alexa and Google Home devices, the “Voice Era” is here. Voice assistant usage is at 3.3 billion right now; by 2020, half of all search

Yandex is now testing a self-driving sidewalk cargo delivery robot

Add another one to the list of companies piloting small, wheeled, autonomous robots for small-package and food delivery: Yandex. Russia’s search and services giant has expanded its ambitions in

American Cancer Society’s online store infected with credit card stealing malware

The American Cancer Society’s online store has become the latest victim of credit card-stealing malware. Security researcher Willem de Groot found the malware on the organization’s store w
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