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December 13, 2017, 2:35 AM

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Jeff Benjamin / 9to5Mac:
Apple iMac Pro in 8-core and 10-core variants will be available to order on December 14, starting at $4,999; 14-core and 18-core models are coming later  —  Apple's pro-oriented all-in-one desktop, the iMac Pro, is set to launch this Thursday on December 14, 2017.
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
Early reviews from videographers and other creative professionals find iMac Pro has much improved performance, is a 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.
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.
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.
Oliver Cragg / Android Authority:
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Leaked documents show how Steve Bannon and Breitbart sought to sabotage Twitter via negative coverage, potential litigation, and stock manipulation  —  Steve Bannon and his associates at Breitbart News planned a broad financial, legal, and editorial campaign to damage Twitter, according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed News.

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