Samsung has stopped shipping products to Russia

Samsung is suspending shipments of all of its products to Russia, the company announced Friday. “Due to the current geopolitical developments, shipments to Russia have been suspended,” reads a statement from an unnamed Samsung representative, via Samsung’s generic PR email address. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/4/22962282/samsung-suspending-shipments-russia-smartphones-chips

Tesla wins approval for German Gigafactory but still has to meet conditions

Tesla’s Gigafactory in Germany won approval from local officials on Friday, but the company still has to meet several requirements before the plant can begin production of vehicles, Reuters reported, including concerns about the plant’s water use. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/4/22962131/tesla-wins-approval-germany-gigafactory-conditions-environment

EA is halting sales of its games in Russia and Belarus

EA is halting sales of its games and content in Russia and Belarus in response to the invasion of Ukraine, the publisher announced Friday. On Wednesday, the company said that it was removing Russian teams from its FIFA and NHL games, but Friday’s actions go a significant step further. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/4/22961673/ea-halting-sales-games-content-currency-russia-belarus

Microsoft pulls the plug on ‘new’ sales of products and services in Russia

It didn’t go into further detail about what that looks like or specify what meaningful financial impact the move will have on its businesses, as CD Projekt Red did yesterday while announcing a ban on services to Russia and Belarus. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/4/22961445/microsoft-russia-ukraine-sales-ban-xbox-azure-windows-office

Microsoft halts all sales in Russia

Apple isn’t the only tech behemoth pulling its products from the Russian market in response to the invasion of Ukraine. Microsoft is ‘suspending’ all new sales of products and services in Russia, and is halting “many aspects” of its business in the country to honor US, UK and EU sanctions. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/microsoft-halts-russia-sales-143235080.html

Brandon Sanderson’s surprise novels overtake Pebble watch as most successful Kickstarter ever

Prolific fantasy author Brandon Sanderson has just broken the Kickstarter record for the most successful crowdfunded project of all time, cracking the $20,338,986 milestone set by the Pebble Time all the way back in 2015. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/4/22960365/brandon-sanderson-fantasy-novels-kickstarter-cosmere

Supreme Court upholds death sentence of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the death sentence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the two brothers responsible for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing which led to the deaths of three spectators and a police officer, reversing a lower court decision. via Technology and News Today https://www.cnn.com/2022/03/04/politics/tsarnaev-supreme-court/index.html