Microsoft and Oracle agreement to connect Azure and Oracle Cloud

Microsoft and Oracle both released announcements on their recent agreement to connect Azure and Oracle Cloud services. This will allow users to connect to both using a unified single sign-on experience.

More information on this service is available at www.oracle.com/cloud/oci-azure.html.

Apple battery recall of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro models

Apple has a voluntary recall and free battery replacement program for certain 15-inch MacBook Pro models sold between 2015 and 2017.  These units can be identified by serial number at support.apple.com/15-inch-macbook-pro-battery-recall.

This recall is currently one of the programs available at Apple’s Exchange and Repair Extension Program page.

Apple also announced a partnership with Best Buy which designates their stores as Apple authorized repair locations.

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) announcements

Apple made several major announcements at its Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June 2019, including:

Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) security vulnerability in CPUs

Intel released information regarding a new set of CPU vulnerabilities called Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS).  A list of affected Intel products may be found here.

Updates are available from major technology companies for this issue, including:

AMD states that their CPUS are not affected by this vulnerability.

Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp AMCA data security incident

Quest Diagnostics issued a statement that billing collections service American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA) had potential unauthorized activity on AMCA’s web payment page, which could have compromised the data of about 11.9 million Quest patients.  Lab results were not affected by this incident.  Quest Diagnostics is continuing their investigation.

Update: LabCorp also revealed in an SEC filing that AMCA also had 7.7 million of their customer records affected in a similar incident.