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Weekly Update - January 6, 2017: Meltdown & Spectre, Google My Business and more

In this first week of 2018, there aren’t many updates, as Google and the other big tech companies recover from the holidays. Heck, I'm still recovering from the holidays.

The big news was that there are bugs in modern computer processors - dubbed Meltdown & Spectre - that allow programs to steal passwords and other sensitive data. Almost every computer produced in the past 20 years is affected. Chip manufacturers, OS makers, Cloud computing sellers and web browser developers - Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Intel, AMD, ARM, Mozilla, RedHat and others - have released security patches, or at least discussed how their hardware, software or services might be affected. This issue is still developing, and I’m sure there will be more updates in the coming weeks.

There were some smaller updates as well:
Plus there are tips and news for YouTube, AdSense, Blogger, Google My Business and more.
And if you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check out my 2017 year in review.

Image: The Winter’s Festival by Willard Metcalf (1913), Public Domain

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Posted by Peggy K

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