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July 14, 2018, 1:55 PM

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Sam Lionheart / iFixit:
MacBook Pro 2018 teardown finds silicone layer under its quieter keys that is similar to Apple's patent application for protecting a keyboard from contaminants  —  BREAKING (July 13, 2018): Here's an inflammatory take for you: Apple's new quieter keyboard is actually a conspiracy to fix their keyboard reliability issues.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Hands-on with the top-of-the-line 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro: it's fast, keyboard is quieter with similar key travel as the 2017 model, and True Tone works well  —  It's a MacBook, alright  —  The new MacBook Pro keyboards are quieter.  —  We've had a top-of-the-line 15-inch MacBook Pro review unit …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
PC shipments in Q2 grew 2.7% according to IDC, while Gartner estimates 1.4% increase; both firms agree this quarter's YoY growth was the best since Q1 2012  —  Gartner and IDC agree  —  Shipments of PCs are definitely growing, for the first time in six years.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Bitcoin transactions tied to real purchases and email addresses used by Russian spies in Mueller's indictments show the limits of the cryptocurrency's anonymity  —  The indictment filed today against 12 Russian officials accused of, among other things, hacking the DNC and undermining Hillary …
New York Times:
Sources: Uber employees have filed complaints over insensitive comments about women and minorities by COO Barney Harford; Harford says he will work with a coach  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Barney Harford was hired late last year to help fix problems at Uber, the ride-hailing company.  Instead, he has created new ones.
Scott Thurm / Wired:
Microsoft President Brad Smith calls for government regulation of facial recognition, says Microsoft's ICE contract did not involve facial recognition  —  OVER THE PAST year, Silicon Valley has been grappling with the way it handles our data, our elections, and our speech.  Now it's got a new concern: our faces.
Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed:
Living with a low-end Android phone running “lite” apps is a big compromise from a usability standpoint but it is still an upgrade from using a feature phone  —  I lived with a best-selling Indian phone for 10 days.  Nothing went smoothly.  —  Reporting From New Delhi
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google's Phone app for Pixel and Nexus devices can now automatically filter calls that it detects to be spam and will send them directly to voicemail  —  Google's Phone app can now automatically filter out calls that it detects to be spam, sending them directly to voicemail.

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