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January 4, 2018, 6:20 PM

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Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
Intel begins issuing patches to combat Spectre and Meltdown flaws, with plans to release updates for 90% of chips from past five years this week  —  Following up on yesterday's confirmation that security exploits can compromise computers with Intel processors, Intel today announced a timetable …
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Troy Wolverton / Business Insider:
Meltdown and Spectre:
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
Mark Zuckerberg says his 2018 personal challenge will be addressing issues like interference by nation states, abuse, quality of time spent on platform  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's mission in 2018 is to fix Facebook's mounting issues from last year, including state interference and harassment on its platforms.
Tony Romm / Recode:
Sources: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai canceled his scheduled appearance at CES after receiving death threats  —  The threats have intensified following an FCC vote to repeal net neutrality rules.  —  Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai canceled his scheduled appearance …
Apple:
App Store customers spent $300M worldwide on New Year's Day and spent over $890M in the week starting Dec. 24; developers earned $26.5B in 2017, up 30%+ YoY  —  New Year's Day Sets Record With $300 Million in Purchases  —  Cupertino, California — App Store customers around the world …
Evelyn Cheng / CNBC:
Ripple co-founder Chris Larsen reportedly owns 5.19B XRP tokens and a 17% stake in the company, valued at ~$59.9B after 36,000% increase in XRP value  —  - With Ripple's XRP coin hitting a high of $3.84, the company's co-founder and executive chairman, Chris Larsen, is now worth about $59.9 billion on paper.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
White House says it has banned guests and employees from using personal cell phones in the West Wing, will only allow use of government-issued devices  —  The White House is going to start barring employees from using their personal cellphones at work, press secretary Sarah Sanders said early Thursday.
Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed:
Reports suggest India's Aadhaar national ID database was breached, exposing information of ~1.2B Indians and allowing creation of admin accounts by other admins  —  In 2010 India started scanning personal details like names, addresses, dates of birth, mobile numbers, and more …

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