BBC: Apple changes Crimea map to meet Russian demands

BBC: Apple changes Crimea map to meet Russian demands. “Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, in a move that was condemned by most of the global community. The region is now displayed as Russian territory on Apple Maps and Weather, when viewed from inside Russia. However, Apple Maps and Weather do not show Crimea as part of any country, when viewed outside Russia.”

CNET: GitHub blocked developers in Iran, Syria and Crimea due to US sanctions

CNET: GitHub blocked developers in Iran, Syria and Crimea due to US sanctions. “Software development platform GitHub is essential to developers across the globe. Unfortunately for users in Iran, Syria and Crimea, access is getting squeezed, thanks to US trade law.”

ABC News: Ukraine to block access to Russia’s social media websites

ABC News: Ukraine to block access to Russia’s social media websites. “In another round of sanctions in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday ordered the blocking of access to Russia’s most popular social media websites and search engines. Poroshenko’s office on Tuesday published the decree that he signed a day earlier, freezing the assets and banning the operations of hundreds of Russian companies in Ukraine. The decree also calls for blocking access to dozens of Russia’s most popular websites for three years, including the search engine Yandex, social media network VKontakte and the email provider All of them have a substantial audience in Ukraine.”

Google Maps Reverses Decision on Crimea Place Names

Google/Google Maps has reversed its decision on place names in the Crimea. “The traditional Soviet names for Crimean settlements had been restored Friday. The town of Kirovskoe had been listed as Islam-Terek, and the village Krasnogvardeiskoe as Ichki. Along with several other settlements, these towns once again bear their Soviet names on Google Maps.”

Google Maps Caught Up in Ukraine-Russia Conflict

Google Maps is getting caught up in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. “Russian officials have condemned tech-giant Google for updating its online map of the Crimea with new names decided by the Ukrainian government. The company has updated its maps in of the peninsula in accordance with a new Ukrainian de-communization law designed to modernize the country’s Communist-era place names, the RBC news website reported Thursday.”