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July 12, 2018, 8:25 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Apple updates 13- and 15-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pros with latest Intel CPUs, more RAM, True Tone displays, more storage, and quieter keyboards  —  Slightly more than just spec bumps  —  Apple is updating its top-tier MacBook Pros today with newer processors, more configuration options …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Apple worked with digital cinema and camera company Blackmagic on a new Radeon Pro 580-powered external GPU with 8GB video memory, available now for $699  —  To go alongside the newly updated MacBook Pros, Apple is selling a product for users who need more graphic processing power.
Mike Wuerthele / AppleInsider:
Apple discontinues the 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro, with sources saying that the 2016 MacBook Pro significantly outsold the 2015 model  —  Following the release of the 2018 MacBook Pro refresh, Apple has quietly, finally, stopped selling the 2015 MacBook Pro as new on Apple.com after a three-year run.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
During an event Facebook billed as “a presentation about our work to prevent the spread of false news”, News Feed head defended keeping InfoWars on the platform  —  Facebook says it knows the truth is messy; what it doesn't know is how to clean up all the fake news it is helping to spread.
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Microsoft debuts free version of Microsoft Teams with team storage capped at 10GB, and Microsoft 365 launches live events with facial recognition and more  —  Microsoft 365 can now host live events, and the new service comes equipped with AI-powered features such as facial recognition …
Christine Wang / CNBC:
Court filing: Justice Department will appeal Time Warner-AT&T merger approval  —  The Justice Department will appeal the AT&T-Time Warner merger approval, according to a court document filed Thursday.  In June, a federal judge ruled that the $85.4 billion deal was legal and imposed no conditions on the merger.
CNBC:
After members of cancer-focused “closed” Facebook group found marketers could download their personal info via now-disabled Chrome plugin, FB makes site changes  —  - The leader of a private Facebook group for women with the BRCA gene became alarmed after discovering a Chrome plug …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple warns users that it will discontinue its Photo Print Products service for Macs in September and steers them to third party Photos Projects extension  —  Apple is discontinuing its Photo Print Products service, which has been integrated into iPhoto since its launch in 2002.
Gordon Gottsegen / CNET:
Google launches Morse code as an input method for iOS Gboard users, following the feature's release on Android in May, as well as a game to teach Morse code  —  Google just made it easier for people with limited mobility to type and communicate.  —  Google announced that today it's rolling …
Duncan Riley / SiliconANGLE:
Report says a hacker tried to sell confidential and sensitive documents for US military Reaper drones and tanks on the darknet  —  A hacker tried to sell sensitive U.S. military documents relating to Reaper drones and tanks on the shady part of the internet called the darknet …

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