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April 4, 2017, 10:15 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 shipping after 2017, admitting 2013's model fell short  —  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:
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: NFL and Amazon strike $50M deal to stream 10 Thursday night games to Prime members; price is five times that of NFL's agreement with Twitter last year  —  Deal for 10 Thursday night games will be available only to Amazon Prime members  —  Amazon is ready for some football.
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.
Yevgeniy Sverdlik / Data Center Knowledge:
VMware to sell its cloud business vCloud Air to French IaaS provider OVH; OVH to continue providing service as vCloud Air Powered by OVH  —  VMware has severed the final link that kept it in the business of providing cloud services and operating the data center infrastructure to support them.

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Intel:
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