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April 4, 2017, 3:40 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.
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 …
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 …
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
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
ODG unveils enterprise-focused AR smart glasses optimized for “hazardous locations”, shipping in Q2 2017 for $3.5K  —  ODG may already be surfacing its ambitions to put smart glasses on consumers' faces, but the company has not forgotten about the specific and highly-unique needs of its enterprise customers.
More: VentureBeat and ZDNetThanks:@lucas_matney

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