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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, speaking at CES 2014. (Photo: Intel)

Intel chief Brian Krzanich began his CES keynote by addressing the elephant in the room: a massive chip vulnerability disclosed last week. Krzanich praised the industry for coming together so quickly and noted that so far there are no known exploits that have compromised customer data. "We are working tirelessly to ensure it stays that way," he said.

Why it matters: Although the vulnerabilities affect nearly all modern chips to varying degrees, Intel has come under particular scrutiny. Intel has said it doesn't see the issue denting profits or slowing its roadmap, however.

Krzanich's comments came ahead of a wide-ranging talk addressing Intel's core business as well as investment areas including artificial intelligence, self-driving cars and virtual reality.

Intel is also using the keynote to:

  • Discuss plans to broadcast 30 sports from the 2018 Winter Olympics in VR
  • Announce a partnership with China's SAIC Motor to pave the way for autonomous cars there
  • Talk about deals with BMW, Volkswagen and Nissan to improve real-time mapping
  • Show off a prototype autonomous car from Intel's test fleet
  • Fly (albeit briefly) a prototype an autonomous air taxi from German startup Volocopter
  • Detail progress in two emerging areas of technology, quantum computing and neuromorphic chips (those whose structure mimics the way human brains process information)

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Updated 8 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: Coronavirus cases rose 10% in the week before Thanksgiving.
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York coronavirus restrictions.
  3. World: Expert says COVID vaccine likely won't be available in Africa until Q2 of 2021 — Europeans extend lockdowns.
  4. Economy: The winners and losers of the COVID holiday season.
  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.
2 hours ago - Health

Standardized testing becomes another pandemic victim

Photo: Edmund D. Fountain for The Washington Post via Getty

National standardized reading and math tests have been pushed from next year to 2022, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: There’s mounting national evidence that students are suffering major setbacks this year, with a surge in the number of failing grades.

3 hours ago - World

European countries extend lockdowns

A medical worker takes a COVID-19 throat swab sample at the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport. Photo by Maja Hitij via Getty

Recent spikes in COVID-19 infections across Europe have led authorities to extend restrictions ahead of the holiday season.

Why it matters: "Relaxing too fast and too much is a risk for a third wave after Christmas," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

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