Ina Fried Mar 8
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A glitch is keeping Oculus owners from using their VR headsets

A man using an Oculus Rift headset
A man using an Oculus Rift headset. (Photo: Oculus)

Facebook says it is trying to deal with an expired security certificate issue that is keeping Oculus Rift headsets from working.

The bottom line: Hardware is increasingly at the mercy of software meaning a small bug can render a device completely useless, at least until the issue is fixed.

"We are aware of and actively investigating an issue impacting ability to access Rift software," Facebook said in its support forums. "Our teams apologize for any inconvenience this may be causing you and appreciate your patience while we work on a resolution."

Update: Facebook is now confirming the issue has to do with a security certificate that has expired. There's still no ETA for a fix,

This is an issue with our software certification that we're still actively working on. For security, we use a certificate to ensure that the software you receive actually comes from Oculus. That certificate has expired, and we're looking at a few different ways to resolve the issue. We’ll update you with the latest info as available. We recommend you wait until we provide an official fix. Thanks for your patience.

Update 2: As of 6 p.m. PT, Oculus was still trying to get the certificate issue resolved.

Hey everyone - We're still working hard to resolve the cert issue. We're in the process of integrating an updated cert. Unfortunately, pushing the update out to affected users has some added complexity, as the expired cert blocks our standard software update path. We're working through the options now, and we expect to have more details to share later this evening.
Jonathan Swan 1 hour ago
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Trump's two-front war

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President Trump is ending the week with a flop — nowhere close to the border wall funding he wanted in the DACA-less spending bill that congressional leaders released last evening. But he's fulfilling one of his most aggressive campaign promises with his anti-China trade action.

The big picture: Trump's expected announcement today of tariffs on Chinese imports is a big deal, and analysts fear it could provoke a trade war — and it comes as Trump has been battling his own party here at home over the government spending bill.

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The worst flu season in eight years

Note: Activity levels are based on outpatient visits in a state compared to the average number of visits that occur during weeks with little or no flu virus circulation; Data: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

This year's flu season caught many experts off guard with both its sustained prevalence and its virulence. At its peak, there was a higher level of flu-like illnesses reported than any other year during the past eight years. Watch in the visual as it hits its peak around Week 18.

Why it matters: Public health officials try to capture this data when developing the next year's vaccines. And, of course, they want to find better ways to prevent severe flu seasons. There's a "Strategic Plan" to develop a universal vaccine to protect against a wider range of influenza viruses, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, tells Axios.