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July 12, 2018, 12:05 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Apple updates 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Touch Bars 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 …
Mike Wuerthele / AppleInsider:
Apple stops selling 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro model on Apple.com  —  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.  —  The refresh of Apple's MacBook Pro page early on Thursdayeradicated the listing for the 2015 model.
Chloe Aiello / CNBC:
Broadcom announces it will acquire IT management software company CA Technologies for $18.9B in cash  —  Broadcom announced on Wednesday it had entered into an agreement to acquire CA Technologies for $18.9 billion.  The takeover would mark a strategic win for Broadcom in the months following …
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 …
Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle:
Uber lays off ~100 “backup drivers” in its self-driving team, says it needs operators to be better trained, announces 55 openings for “mission specialists”  —  Uber has laid off about 100 backup drivers from its self-driving unit, mostly in Pittsburgh and some in San Francisco.
Catalin Cimpanu / BleepingComputer:
Google enabled “Site Isolation”, which runs a different browser process for each internet domain as a defense against Meltdown and Spectre attacks, in Chrome 67  —  Google has secretly enabled a security feature called Site Isolation for 99% of its desktop users on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS.
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
Paris-based startup Meero, which uses AI to speed up and automate image editing, raises $45M Series B led by Alven Capital and Idinvest  —  Paris-based startup Meero announced today that it has raised $45 million in venture capital which the imaging company will use to fuel its international expansion.
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The Wire:
Indian government approves regulator TRAI's recommendations on strong net neutrality rules, prohibits ISPs from engaging in any form of data discrimination  —  Eight months after India's telecom regulator came out swinging heavily in favour of the principle of net neutrality …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube TV went down during a crucial World Cup match, the second such outage since it went down during an NBA game in May  —  YouTube TV, Google's internet-delivered subscription TV service, was hit with nationwide outages Wednesday — right in the middle of Fox's broadcast …
Shannon Liao / The Verge:
Next week, YouTube will roll out Copyright Match, which scans uploaded videos and notifies original creators with 100K+ subscribers if a video is a copy  —  YouTube is releasing a tool for creators that checks to see if their videos are being stolen.  Now, every time a video is uploaded to YouTube …
Richard Trenholm / CNET:
Sirin unveils Finney blockchain-based smartphone with an embedded cold wallet accessible via extra screen and a token conversion service, coming Nov. for $1,000  —  The whole point of cryptocurrency is that it's virtual money stored in the ether.  But you can still carry bitcoins in your pocket, as long as you have a Sirin Finney.

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