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October 13, 2015, 10:00 AM

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
New 21.5-inch Apple iMac announced with 4K display for $1,499  —  Apple's smaller iMac is finally going 4K.  The 21.5-inch iMac is being updated today with a faster processor, faster RAM, and improved graphics.  But the most compelling update is the new option of a 4K display.
Steven Levy / Backchannel:
The Inside Story of Apple's New iMacs  —  Retina displays, rechargeable input devices, a force touch trackpad, and more power.  Not bad for a truck.  —  Early this year, the top-secret laboratory where Apple designs its Macintosh accessories was bedeviled by a crisis on tiny feet.
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
The smaller iMac gets a 4K display, all the 27-inch models have 5K  —  Apple's big fall keynote happened more than a month ago, so it's a bit late for Tim Cook to be saying “one more thing.”  Sure enough, though, the company just unveiled a refreshed line of iMacs, including a 21.5-inch model with an optional 4K (4,096 x 2,304) screen.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Same design, new insides, better screen: 21.5-inch 4K Retina iMac reviewed  —  Fusion Drives desperately need to be standard, but otherwise this is a nice Mac.  —  The new 4K iMac hooked up to an external 4K display. … It's been over three years since the very first Mac went Retina …
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Twitter is laying off 336 employees, or about 8% of its global workforce  —  Twitter Will Cut More Than 300 Employees, 8 Percent of Staff  —  Justin Sullivan / Getty Images  —  Twitter plans to lay off as much as 336 people, or 8 percent of its staff, as part of an internal restructuring plan …
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Snapchat ends production of original content for Snap Channel, will rely solely on Discover content partners, 15-member team laid off or reassigned  —  Snapchat To Shut Down Snap Channel, Laying Off Team, Changing Content Plans  —  Underscoring the complicated relationship between …
Subrat Patnaik / Reuters:
Pepsi has licensed its brand to market a line of mobile phones and accessories in China  —  PepsiCo says to launch mobile phones in China  —  PepsiCo Inc said it is working with a licensing partner to market a line of mobile phones and accessories in China in the next few months.
Daniel Csaki / MobiPicker:
Sources: Pepsi P1 smartphone to have 5.5-inch screen, 1.7 GHZ CPU, 16GB storage, will be released Oct. 20 for about $200 in China  —  Pepsi P1 Smartphone Leaked - Specs, Price, Release Date  —  Looks like our guesses on PepsiCo China's upcoming smartphone were right.
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
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Deadspin suspended from Twitter briefly after receiving takedown notices for GIFs from NFL; @SBNationGIF remains suspended for posting college football GIFs  —  Twitter Suspends Deadspin, SBNation Accounts for Violating Copyrights  —  Twitter is cracking down on digital media properties …

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