The Breakfast Briefing: 4.9.2014

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Toyota begins second-largest recall amid GM backlash
Toyota has recalled 6.4 million vehicles, citing issues from steering problems to seat complications in models including the RAV4 and Yaris subcompact. The automaker said it was not aware of any crashes due to the problems. Competitor General Motors, facing public outrage, was fined $28,500 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday for failing to answer questions about its recall process for malfunctioning ignition switches on Chevrolet Cobalts.

Comcast makes its pitch for Time Warner deal
Cable giant Comcast has laid out its case to federal regulators about why its proposed takeover of former rival Time Warner Cable would leave plenty of room for competition. The Philadelphia-based company predicted it will have to fend off technology-sector giants such as Netflix, Google, and Verizon as they push further onto the cable industry’s turf.

Earliest Obamacare enrollees have serious health issues
Many of the consumers who signed up early for insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act have serious health conditions such as intense pain, depression, and HIV, according to a report set to be released Wednesday by benefits manager Express Scripts. The law’s functionality will depend on offsetting sick customers with healthy young ones, or "young invincibles," who were the target of the Obama administration’s last-minute enrollment push.

Looking for a cure for Heartbleed
Chief information officers and information security pros are scrambling to get up to speed on Heartbleed, a bug that affects the SSL Internet security protocol. The flaw could affect up to two-thirds of websites, according to reports.

Weather Channel, DirecTV together again
The Weather Channel and DirecTV have made up nearly three months after the two companies began sniping at each other as part of a contractual dispute that saw DirecTV pull The Weather Channel from its listings. Hilton Hotels was the unlikely matchmaker in the reunion.

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