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January 4, 2018, 12:45 PM

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Meltdown and Spectre:
Official webpage for the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities, which has links to research papers and an FAQ  —  Bugs in modern computers leak passwords and sensitive data.  Meltdown and Spectre exploit critical vulnerabilities in modern processors.  These hardware bugs allow programs …
Google Online Security Blog:
Google's Project Zero says it discovered three variants of CPU attack, affecting AMD, ARM, and Intel; Android devices with latest security update are safe  —  Last year, Google's Project Zero team discovered serious security flaws caused by “speculative execution,” a technique used by most modern processors …
Spectreattack.com:
Researchers wrote a Spectre attack in JavaScript that violates browser sandboxing and reads data from the address space of the browser process running it  —  Modern processors use branch prediction and speculative execution to maximize performance.  For example, if the destination …
New York Times:
Researchers say there is no known fix for Spectre CPU flaw; Meltdown flaw affects almost all Intel CPUs, requires software patch that could cause slowness  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Computer security experts have discovered two major security flaws in the microprocessors inside nearly all of the world's computers.
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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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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
Mesh Wi-Fi router startup Eero lays off ~30 staff as it shifts priorities to its core business; Eero was launched in 2015 and has raised $90M in funding  —  Eero, the mesh Wi-Fi router startup, has laid off 20 percent of its workforce (about 30 employees), TechCrunch has learned.
More: Engadget
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.

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Google Cloud:
What does the future of cloud computing hold  —  and what does this mean for businesses?  We looked at the data, talked to luminaries, and listened to customers across the world.  Here's what they said.
Intel:
Here's how Intel is powering breakthrough research in astronomy, medicine, AI and beyond  —  Fastest supercomputer in academia - Frontera, is based on 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.
Mattermost:
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