Monday's Breakfast Briefing: Ukraine worries the markets; Layoffs at Citi; 'Mad Men' returns

Everything you need to know to start your day.

Ukraine gives stock markets the jitters
The newest phase of the crisis in Ukraine, where government officials have threatened a large-scale operation against "terrorist" forces in the largely pro-Russian Eastern part of the country, is worrying investors prior to Monday’s opening bell. The situation follows last week’s sell-off of technology stocks. Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts said in a research note that the "escalation sharply increases the risk of an all-out civil war in Ukraine."

Job cuts at Citigroup
Citigroup has reportedly eliminated between 200 and 300 jobs in its global markets division, or about 2% of its workforce in that unit. Those affected include the younger brother of the financial institution’s former CEO, Charles Prince.

BlackBerry rushes out Heartbleed fix
Illustrating how mobile companies are taking the threat of the Heartbleed vulnerability seriously, BlackBerry said it will release a patch for its messaging service on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms by Friday. However, many websites are finding that responding to the security gap is taking longer than anticipated. Tech communications pros must be proactive and fast in taking on Heartbleed, experts told PRWeek on Friday.

Boston officials: prepare for high security at Marathon
Police and municipal officials in Boston say spectators should expect a high level of security at the 2014 edition of the Boston Marathon, including 100 cameras placed in 50 strategic locations, one year after bomb attacks killed three at the race. Unregistered runners - known as "bandits" in the marathon vernacular - will be strictly prohibited.

Mad Men returns
No spoilers here, other than to note that 90s icon Neve Campbell has joined the cast of Mad Men in a prominent role. If you’re looking to relive last night’s final-season debut, recaps abound across the Web.

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