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January 4, 2018, 4:30 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 …
Troy Wolverton / Business Insider:
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich sold ~$24M of stock in Nov. and now owns 250K shares, the minimum he's required to hold; Intel was informed about chip flaws in June  —  - Intel CEO Brian Krzanich sold off $24 million worth of stock and options in the company in late November.
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Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
Zuckerberg says his personal challenge for 2018 is to focus on fixing Facebook's “important issues” and the company makes “too many errors” enforcing policies  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's mission in 2018 is to fix Facebook's mounting issues from last year …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Samsung unveils Exynos 9 Series 9810 processor, likely to be used in Galaxy S9, and teases iPhone X-like features including face tracking and unlocking  —  Starting off the new year by introducing its latest custom smartphone processor, Samsung has revealed some of what we might expect from its next Galaxy S flagship.
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.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
AT&T announces plans to start rolling out a true 5G network in 12 cities by the end of 2018  —  AT&T has announced plans to roll out a true 5G network in a dozen markets in accordance with the 3GPP's recently released 5G NR (new radio) guidelines by the end of 2018.
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.
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Johnson Controls unveils $319 Cortana-powered thermostat called GLAS, which runs Windows 10 IoT Core; available now for preorder, ships in March  —  Beauty comes at a price  —  Microsoft has partnered with Johnson Controls to build a thermostat.  The software giant first unveiled …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Nintendo says Switch is the fastest selling game console ever in the US, selling 4.8M units in 10 months, breaking the Wii's record of 4M units in the same time  —  The Switch has broken the US record for the fastest selling console ever, with 4.8 million units sold in just 10 months, Nintendo says.
New York Times:
How Nvidia researchers generated pictures of faces that appear to be real but aren't by analyzing photos of celebrities and detecting patterns  —  To create the final image in this set, the system generated 10 million revisions over 18 days.  —  The woman in the photo seems familiar.

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IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
Planned maintenance of our US Data Center: July 7th, 2018 - 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST  —  We have planned a network infrastructure upgrade on our primary data center in the USA on July 7th, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST.

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