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April 4, 2017, 7:30 PM

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple says it's working on pro displays and Mac Pros with modular designs that can fit high-end CPUs/GPUs, admitting 2013's model fell short, not coming in 2017  —  Let's not beat around the bush.  I have great news to share:  —  Apple is currently hard at work on a “completely rethought” …
John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed:
Apple will ship new iMacs later this year, including configurations targeted at the pro market; Phil Schiller confirms they will not feature a touchscreen  —  Apple's expected update to its iMac line will arrive later this year with some previously unexpected additions: pro models.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple's Mac Pro refresh: $2,999 model goes from 4 to 6-core Xeon CPU, AMD G300 GPUs to G500 GPUs; $3,999 model goes from 6 to 8-core CPU, D500 GPUs to D700 GPUs  —  Apple today reshuffled its Mac Pro configurations and pricing, marking the first “update” to Apple's pro-oriented desktop computer in over three years.
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Trump administration considers vetting procedures that would require visa applicants disclose phone contacts, passwords to social-media accounts, more  —  Foreigners entering U.S. could be forced to hand over phones, answer questions on ideology; changes could apply to allies like France and Germany
Micah Singleton / The Verge:
Spotify to restrict new albums from Universal Music Group artists to its premium service for up to two weeks; sources say royalty payments are now slightly less  —  As part of its new licensing agreement with Universal Music Group  —  Spotify has agreed to a new licensing agreement …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Sources: Square is in talks to “acquihire” Yik Yak's team, with one source saying another firm is also interested; founders likely won't join new company  —  The app is likely to shut down  —  Yik Yak, the once high-flying anonymous social network based on college campuses, appears to be heading toward its end.
Kate Conger / TechCrunch:
Waymo-Uber suit: Google says former exec Anthony Levandowski worked on competing projects before leaving, reveals he made over $120M in incentive pay at Google  —  Newly-released documents from Google's October arbitration against Anthony Levandowski, one of the leads of its self-driving car project …
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