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December 12, 2017, 12:05 PM

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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.
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.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Ex-Facebook VP of user growth and Social Capital CEO says social media is “destroying how society works” and leads to “no civil discourse, no cooperation”  —  ‘No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth.’  —  Another former Facebook executive …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google launches three new photography apps for testing experimental technologies: Storyboard for Android, Scrubbies for iOS, and Selfissimo! for both  —  Google today is launching a trio of new photo apps - a part of new series of what it has dubbed photography “appsperiments.”  (Get it?  Ha ha.)
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Nintendo says it has sold 10M Switch consoles since its release 10 months ago, meaning it may top first-year sales of the Wii, its best-selling console to date  —  Nintendo is boasting that its Switch hybrid console has sold 10 million units worldwide in the first nine months of release, helped by Black Friday promotions.
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Many alt-right alternatives to popular social networks are struggling to attract talent, users, and funding; a few have gone offline altogether  —  If you've lost sleep worrying about the growing power of the alt-right — that shadowy coalition that includes white nationalists, anti-feminists …
Scott Stein / CNET:
Apple's GymKit, which pairs an Apple Watch to fitness machines, makes its US debut in New York before rolling out to Equinox gyms in 2018  —  Apple just made connecting to treadmills and ellipticals as easy as tapping your Apple Watch on a piece of gym equipment.
John Voorhees / MacStories:
Apple announces developers can now make their apps available for pre-order  —  You may recall that when Super Mario Run was announced in 2016, customers could request notification of its release, which was a first at the time on the App Store.  Now, all developers can do something similar by offering their apps for pre-order.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
SEC chairman Jay Clayton releases statement on cryptocurrencies, says ICOs effective for raising funds “whether they represent offerings of securities or not”  —  SEC Chairman Jay Clayton  —  The world's social media platforms and financial markets are abuzz about cryptocurrencies and “initial coin offerings” (ICOs).

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