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Google claimed on Friday that the Spectre and Meltdown flaws did not cause any customer downtime or performance degradation in Google Cloud. In a blog post, Google wrote hundreds of its engineers began working on the problem for several months and began deploying solutions in September and October. “Surprisingly, these vulnerabilities have been present in most computers for nearly 20 years,” Google wrote. “Because the vulnerabilities exploit features that are foundational to most modern CPUs—and were previously believed to be secure—they weren’t just hard to find, they were even harder to fix.” Google used a new Retpoline - a software injection construct built to stop certain types of attacks - to keep the company from having to cut off key performance features. The search giant also added that it did not mitigate the threats alone, but benefited from broad industry collaboration. –TECH REPUBLIC

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The Department of Defense has removed the “Star Wars” references originally published in a memo outlining its cloud computing initiative. The original document, released January 4, announced a new “Central Cloud Computing Program Office” - or “C3PO” - to “acquire the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) Cloud.” The memo, written by Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan, was rescinded about an hour after first being published. A new, more conventional memo issued Monday renames the office the “Cloud Computing Program Manager,” or CCPM. The JEDI reference simply disappeared. A Pentagon spokesperson said the original memo was “issued in error”. -BLOOMBERG

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Dropbox’s IPO filing on Thursday came as little surprise as the company appeared to be preparing to go public for several months. The question now turns to how much the cloud file hosting service will fetch on the open market. Dropbox closed a $350 million Series D round in 2014 that valued the company around $10 billion. CrunchBase, though, sees that $10 billion value as investors pre-buying growth a bit too far out in the future. A more likely number, speculates Alex Wilhelm, is closer to $7.5 billion based on the company’s annual recurring revenue of about $1.3 billion. “The math seems to imply that Dropbox is worth billions of dollars, but perhaps a few billion under its last private valuation,” Wilhelm writes. -CRUNCHBASE

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Amazon Web Services and Salesforce may have been trying to troll Oracle with the naming of a new product. AWS and Salesforce have been working on an open-source database technology to replace Oracle database software that has been named RedShift, as a nod to Oracle’s trademark red branding. Salesforce has also called its move to a new database “Sayonara,” according to an anonymous source quoted in The Information. AWS and Oracle spent 2017 exchanging pot shots at each other over database performance, cost, reliability, and really anything else they could think of to get under each other’s skin. –GEEK WIRE

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Western Digital’s cloud storage devices are still vulnerable to security flaws despite patches aimed to fix the bugs. The company said in a blog post that it is planning additional patches to fix affected products, although it is unclear how many problems are still outstanding. The security firm GulfTech found vulnerabilities in 12 of Western Digital’s devices. The devices allegedly allow remote backdoor admin through a well-known username and password. GulfTech also found a file upload flaw within the devices that would allow hackers remote access as well. –THE VERGE

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