I'm enjoying my last bit of non-recycled air before I head to Las Vegas and CES. But I look at it this way: I'm going so you don't have to.
As bad as the massive chip vulnerability is, Intel insists it has things well in hand, both for current products and for its future chips.
What they're saying: Two top Intel executives tell Axios that the company has "complete mitigations for all three variants" of the known vulnerabilities and it won't see delays for future chips even as it works to include stronger protections against the recently discovered issues.
"We don't see those as presenting a significant challenge in terms of being able to deliver those products," VP Donald Parker says in the interview.
Mark Zuckerberg issued his "personal challenge" for the year, pledging to address some of the sharpest criticisms of the social network.
"The world feels anxious and divided, and Facebook has a lot of work to do — whether it's protecting our community from abuse and hate, defending against interference by nation states, or making sure that time spent on Facebook is time well spent," he writes in a Facebook post. "My personal challenge for 2018 is to focus on fixing these important issues."
Icy reception: Plenty of people pointed out that his big challenge for the year amounts to him doing what he should have been doing all along.
My thought bubble: Facebook and Twitter have gotten very good at articulating what a better version of themselves would be. But it's time for actions rather than ever-more-well-crafted-words.
In a lengthy new interview with Logic magazine, Stanford professor and author Fred Turner shed lights on Silicon Valley's cultural history and why it's handling recent criticism in ways that can be frustrating to outsiders.
Key quote: "The other thing to say about the utopian idea is that it lives in the Valley partly as a marketing strategy. This is a political operation of the first importance. If the Valley can convince Washington that the Valley is the home of the future and that its leaders see things that leaders back in stuffy old DC can't see, then they can also make a case for being deregulated."
Other highlights: Turner also touches on Facebook's sincere belief in building a connected world, Edward Snowden's surveillance revelations as a turning point, sexism in the industry, the belief in tech for changing consciousness, and more, according to my colleague Kia Kokalitcheva, who dug into the piece.
Go deeper: Turner's 2006 book, From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism, provides a deep look at Silicon Valley's cultural roots.
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, Texas Republican Congressman Will Hurd, and former Obama administration Homeland Security Adviser Lisa Monaco are the new tri-chairs of an effort The Aspen Institute is launching this morning that aims to address a wide range of cybersecurity vulnerabilities on a national scale, Axios' Shannon Vavra reports.
Why it's different: The Aspen Cyber Strategy Group, as the effort is known, is starting with the understanding that many past efforts have been more talk than action. It wants its 35 members of academia, the government, and the private sector to contribute concrete actions that can be taken.
The Department of Homeland Security may end a practice that allows H-1B visas to be extended while the holder's green card is pending, two tech industry sources familiar with the process tell Axios. The possible change is part of President Trump's "Buy American, Hire American" initiatives, as McClatchy DC first reported earlier this week.
By the numbers: There are estimated to be more than a million H1-B holders who are waiting on green cards, Leon Fresco, former deputy assistant attorney general for DOJ, told McClatchy DC, and a vast majority of H-1B holders are Indian tech workers.
Why it matters: This would affect hundreds of thousands of foreign workers who have been working in the U.S. on H-1B visas and have green card applications pending. It would also affect some big tech companies, particularly India-based IT firms that heavily use H-1B visas to fill technical roles.