Mar 20, 2018

AMD investigated CPU flaws, sees easy mitigation

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AMD announced plans Tuesday to release patches to mitigate all of the security issues announced by an upstart team of researchers — including one the researchers speculated would be unpatchable. AMD said it would release firmware patches for all of the vulnerabilities in the coming weeks.

Why it matters: The patches will put to rest one of the great adventures in the marketing of computer security. CTS-Labs announced the security flaws without giving AMD a chance to repair them, a seeming attempt to disrupt the stock price by researchers who claimed they may have a financial interest in AMD's market decline. The announcement was made via an uncommonly elaborate media campaign.

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What top CEOs fear telling America about the coronavirus shutdown

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Top CEOs, in private conversations and pleas to President Trump, are warning of economic catastrophe if America doesn't begin planning for a phased return to work as soon as May, corporate leaders tell Axios.

Why it matters: The CEOs say massive numbers of companies, big and small, could go under if business and government don't start urgent talks about ways groups of workers can return.

Health care workers vs. the coronavirus

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Health care workers are at an especially high risk of catching the coronavirus, because of their prolonged exposure to patients who have it. Making matters worse, the U.S. doesn't have enough of the protective equipment, like masks and gloves, that keeps them safe.

And yet these workers, with loved ones of their own, keep showing up at hospitals across the country, knowing that more Americans than they can possibly care for are depending on them.

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Coronavirus crisis tests Trump’s love for cheap oil

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President Trump is working to help an oil industry imploding as the coronavirus crisis chokes demand, but listen closely and you’ll hear his enduring love for cheap prices.

Why it matters: He’s like most Americans, who worry about energy only when it’s expensive or gone. As president, Trump has been slow and uneven in responding to the sector’s turmoil because of his inclination to cheer rock-bottom prices.