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December 14, 2017, 1:40 PM

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Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
FCC votes to dismantle Obama administration's net neutrality rules in a 3-2 vote; Ajit Pai says rollback is “helping consumers and promoting competition”  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to dismantle landmark rules regulating the businesses …
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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.
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft releases rebuilt Mixer live streaming app on Android and iOS with a redesign and more  —  Microsoft's Mixer division is launching its Mixer livestreaming app for Android and iOS today.  —  The company said the new app is the result of a full redesign, directly shaped by community feedback …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook confirms it will stop subsidies for Facebook Live publishers, encouraging them to use mid-roll ads, and says pre-roll ads are coming to Watch  —  Everyone's least favorite ads are coming to Facebook, but six second pre-rolls will only appear on original Watch tab videos you purposefully view and not in the News Feed.
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 …
Reuters:
Sirin Labs says it has raised $118M+ through an ICO and plans to build both a blockchain-based phone and computer running Android, on sale late next year  —  TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Swiss-Israeli technology firm Sirin Labs said on Thursday it had raised $118 million in an initial coin offering …
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