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March 11, 2020, 12:20 AM

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Business Insider:
Google recommends all North American employees work remotely until at least April 10  —  - Google has advised all of its employees in North America to work remotely in response to coronavirus concerns, the company confirmed to Business Insider.  — Google had previously instructed workers …
Bloomberg:
Two Exabeam employees tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from the RSA conference in San Francisco; one is now in a medically induced coma  —  - Connecticut resident showed symptoms after leaving conference  — RSA conference is annual cybersecurity event in San Francisco
Erin Griffith / New York Times:
As COVID-19 spreads, online travel sites face challenges as bookings slump; Airbnb launches “More Flexible Reservations” to refund guests more easily  —  Online travel sites, including Booking.com and Airbnb, are facing a world of hurt as people all but stop taking trips.
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:
Source: Google plans to launch a 2nd-gen Chromecast Ultra dongle later this year, based on Android TV, with 4K HDR support and a standalone remote  —  According to a reliable source familiar with the company's plans, Google is planning to launch a second-generation Chromecast Ultra this year based on Android TV.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Microsoft says it worked with partners in 35 countries to take down the Necurs botnet, one of the largest known to date, infecting 9M+ computers worldwide  —  Microsoft and partners in 35 countries move to bring down Necurs, today's largest malware botnet.  —  Microsoft announced today …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Leaked iOS 14 code reveals upcoming Apple hardware refreshes to the new iPad Pro, iPhone 9, AirTags, and a new Apple TV remote  —  Leaked iOS 14 code obtained by 9to5Mac corroborates many details about what to expect from Apple's upcoming hardware refreshes, including the new iPad Pro, iPhone 9, and AirTags.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Researchers: Intel CPUs vulnerable to new “LVI” attacks, which let attackers inject and execute code inside the CPU, theoretically even from a site's JavaScript  —  Researchers say Intel processors will need another round of silicon chip re-designs to protect against new attack.
Andrei Frumusanu / AnandTech:
Early look at Amazon's Graviton2 Arm chip, expected to be publicly available in a few months, suggests better performance per dollar on EC2 than Intel chips  —  It's been a year and a half since Amazon released their first-generation Graviton Arm-based processor core, publicly available in AWS EC2 as the so-called ‘A1’ instances.
Steven Levy / Wired:
The deal to keep Jack Dorsey as Twitter CEO has difficult goals to reach: 20% growth in 2020 for DAUs that can see ads, accelerated revenue growth, and more  —  A deal with activist investor Elliott Management preserves Dorsey's job.  But it gives him—and Twitter—tough targets to meet this year.
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Trump admin announces new rules allowing patients to use apps of their choice to retrieve healthcare data; some groups criticize lack of data safeguards  —  New federal data-sharing requirements will enable people to use consumer apps to retrieve their medical information directly from their doctors.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Report: 83% of internet-connected medical imaging devices run on outdated operating systems, up 56% since 2018 due to the end of Windows 7 support in Jan.  —  Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42 security division said medical equipment is outdated and vulnerable to hacker attacks and health care organizations …
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Researchers find anonymous social media app Whisper left hundreds of millions of intimate user messages, tied to personal details like location, exposed online  —  Hundreds of millions of users' intimate messages, tied to their locations, were publicly viewable until after the company was contacted by The Washington Post.

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