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January 4, 2018, 7:55 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 …
Ina Fried / Axios:
Apple says all Mac, iOS devices affected by Meltdown or Spectre; releases Meltdown patches for iOS, macOS, tvOS, will issue Spectre patch for Safari within days  —  After more than a day of silence, Apple confirmed Thursday that the Mac, iPhone and iPad are all affected by the recently disclosed massive chip vulnerability.
Troy Wolverton / Business Insider:
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Billboard:
Sources: Jimmy Iovine to leave Apple Music in August, a time believed to coincide with the full vesting of his Apple stock  —  His planned departure is likely timed to his shares fully vesting, sources tell Billboard.  —  Look for Jimmy Iovine to leave Apple Music in August.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Spotify says it has 70M paying subscribers, up from 60M in late July 2017, as the company prepares for an IPO  —  Spotify today announced on Twitter that it has hit a new milestone, with the streaming music service reaching a total of 70 million paid subscribers.
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 …
Will Oremus / Slate:
Calls for Twitter to ban President Trump are misguided and counterproductive; the biggest threat posed by @realDonaldTrump is to Trump's own presidency  —  Ever since Donald Trump became president, some liberal activists have called for Twitter to suspend his account.

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