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December 13, 2017, 6:55 AM

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Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
Early reviews from videographers and other creative professionals find iMac Pro has much improved performance, is decent value, and looks good in Space Grey  —  - Apple's iMac Pro goes on sale on Thursday starting at $5000.  — Early reviews, from professional photographers and programmers, are positive.
Jeff Benjamin / 9to5Mac:
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Google says it is opening an artificial intelligence research center in Beijing, company's first such center in China  —  Google has officially announced that it is opening an AI center in Beijing, China.  —  The confirmation comes after months of speculation fueled by a major push to hire AI talent inside the country.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter makes it easier to tweetstorm by adding a threads feature, letting you easily add linked tweets from the compose screen, rolling out in coming weeks  —  Time for some game theory  —  A few months after being spotted in tests, Twitter's tool for creating tweestorms is now an official part of the app.
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
David Marcus, VP of messaging products at Facebook and a former president of PayPal, will be joining Coinbase's board  —  Coinbase, a popular site for buying cryptocurrencies, is soaring.  In the last week, Coinbase's app shot to No. 1 in the iTunes store, while a flood of interest …
Oliver Cragg / Android Authority:
Reuters:
South Korea says it may tax capital gains from cryptocurrency trading and ban minors from opening accounts on exchanges  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's government has called an emergency meeting to discuss the trading of cryptocurrencies, and measures on the market will be announced on Friday …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's AR Studio platform is now in open beta, letting all developers make AR experiences for Facebook Camera; World Effects also arrive on Messenger Camera  —  Facebook is trying to close the augmented reality gap with Snapchat with the help of an army of third-party developers.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Instagram now lets you follow hashtags, surfacing highlights from that collection in your main feed, rolling out today  —  The glass facade of the SuperMoon Bakery (#newforkcity, #eatingnyc) has a pleasing symmetry to it.  Two black rectangles sit on either side of a square, a neon smiley face suspended upside down in the center.
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Adobe is shutting down Storify's standalone service on May 16, 2018, with new signups halted today  —  Storify's eventual shuttering has been a long time coming.  The social timeline curation service was acquired by commenting platform Livefyreback in 2013, which, in turn, was picked up by Adobe in May of last year.

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