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U.S. top diplomat condemns ‘harsh’ crackdown on Russian protests, renews call for Putin critic’s release

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken condemned Russia’s use of “harsh tactics” against peaceful protesters who urge for the release of Putin opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
More than 4,500 people were detained by Russian authorities for participating in the protests, according to a monitoring group.
“It remains striking to me, how concerned, and maybe even scared, the Russian government seems to be of one man, Mr. Navalny,” Blinken said last week.

Crypto investment firm Grayscale sees 900% jump in assets to $20 billion amid bitcoin frenzy

Grayscale kicked off last year with $2 billion in assets under management and ended with more than $20.2 billion, driven by demand from institutional investors such as hedge funds, endowments and pension funds.
Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust became a popular, publicly traded way for investors to get exposure to cryptocurrency without owning the coins themselves.
“There’s no longer professional risk of investing in the digital currency asset class — there’s probably more career risk in not paying attention to it,” said CEO Michael Sonnenshein.

EU announces sweeping new rules that could force breakups and hefty fines for Big Tech

One of the potential changes is putting an end to self-preferencing.
Companies like Apple and Google will also have to allow users to uninstall apps that have originally come with their devices.
Failure to comply could result in fines as high as 10% of the companies’ annual turnover worldwide.
The remedies could ultimately include forcing companies to disinvest if they breach the rules systematically.