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December 14, 2017, 11:15 AM

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Samuel Axon / Ars Technica:
A look at how creatives, software developers, and third-party applications could take advantage of the new iMac Pro, which goes on sale today  —  How will creatives and pros put those specs to good use?  —  Apple's goal with professional hardware has always been to inspire creatives and developers to produce new things.
New York State Attorney General:
NY AG asks for delay in net neutrality vote at FCC because public comment process was corrupted with up to 2M comments that had used stolen identities  —  - Today, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released new details of his office's investigation into fake comments submitted during …
Margaret Harding McGill / Politico:
Sources: FCC CTO Eric Burger, appointed by Ajit Pai, emailed FCC commissioners' offices to express concerns about the consequences of repealing net neutrality  —  The warning challenges the FCC's official line on the planned repeal of the net neutrality rules, set for a vote Thursday.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Microsoft updates Bing with improved conversational search, Intelligent Image Search, ability to better surface different viewpoints, Reddit partnership, more  —  At a special AI-focused event today in San Francisco, Microsoft announced a number of feature updates to Bing that it hopes …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Snap launches Lens Studio, a Mac and Windows app that lets users build their own AR lenses  —  Let a thousand hot dogs bloom  —  Snap's second official app is a tool that lets you design and build augmented reality lenses for Snapchat.  The company today announced Lens Studio, a design app for Mac and Windows desktop computers.
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches a new Click-to-WhatsApp ad unit that enables calls or messages via WhatsApp, gradually rolling out worldwide except in Europe  —  WhatsApp has always said that it has no plans to put ads into its own app, but this is not stopping Facebook, which now owns WhatsApp …
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Unsealed court documents show three men have plead guilty to creating the 2016 Mirai botnet that disrupted access to major internet platforms  —  (Reuters) - A former Rutgers University student and two other men have agreed to plead guilty to computer crimes related to the creation and use …

Sponsor Posts

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IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
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