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Russian airstrikes targeted Kyiv for the first time in weeks

Russia said it was targeting Western military supplies in Kyiv airstrikes

A rescuer works at a site of a facility of the Darnytsia Car Repair Plant damaged by missile strikes, as Russia's attacks Ukraine in continues, in Kyiv.
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Russia attacked Kyiv. It said the airstrikes were targeting Western military supplies for Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin also warned the US against giving long-range missiles to Ukraine.

Lockdowns eased in Beijing. Indoor dining will reopen as the Chinese capital sees declining covid infections, though some restrictions will remain in certain districts.

An explosion in Bangladesh killed at least 49 people. Hundreds more were injured in the blast that happened at a storage depot near the city of Chittagong.

Elon Musk backtracked on his Tesla job cut comments. After warning of a 10% staff reduction, the electric car maker CEO said employee numbers will actually increase but salaried workers will remain flat.

The US will let two companies ship Venezuelan oil to Europe. Reuters reported that the change, aimed at making up for less supply from Russia, would end a two-year pause on oil-for-debt swaps.

Wales qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 64 years. The team beat Ukraine 1-0 in a play-off match yesterday.

What to watch for

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference starts today, and the rumor mill is at full tilt. The WWDC is focused on developers and commonly includes updates to Apple’s operating systems.

This year, the New York Times reports that Apple will “unveil software tools that would allow apps to add new camera and voice functionality, laying the groundwork for a hands-free interface.” That change could prelude a bigger release next year: augmented reality goggles that look like they belong on the ski slopes.

That device, which may or may not be mentioned during WWDC, is a critical piece of Big Tech’s rush toward the so-called metaverse. Apple dominated the last big platform shift to smartphones. Giant rivals like Meta had to play by Apple’s mobile rules. This time Meta is building its own hardware and it’s Apple that’s playing catch up.

Why do countries change their names?

The UN said last week it will call Turkey by its preferred name: Türkiye. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched his country’s rebranding campaign last December during a wave of high inflation and economic hardship. The country’s government has long referred to itself as Türkiye.

But name changes are often more than rebranding. Renaming a place has as much to do with how the name is used internally as how it’s viewed externally, whether because of politics, history, or tourism.

Here are a few other notable name changes:

🇳🇱 Holland became the Netherlands in 2020; the country wanted people to know that it’s bigger than two provinces.

🇸🇿 Swaziland became Eswatini in 2018; the name change was driven in part by a desire to break with colonialism.

🇨🇿 Czech Republic became Czechia in 2016; if the French Republic can be France, why can’t Czechia catch on?

The legacy of Sheryl Sandberg

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Sheryl Sandberg’s exit from Meta is a big shakeup for the social media behemoth. Sandberg will immediately focus on her foundation and family, but her long-term goals are harder to map, and speculation around her next steps will inevitably be shaped by gendered expectations and judgments.

✦ But, as Quartz members know from the latest Weekend Brief, her next chapter(s)—whether in politics, business, or philanthropy—will also be a data point on how the world now perceives tech companies and the people who run them. Get the brief in your inbox each week by signing up for a membership today, and take 40% off when you do.

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