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July 13, 2018, 11:40 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 …
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Special counsel Mueller charges 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking DNC, Clinton campaign, and others and releasing their emails during 2016 election  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller has obtained a new indictment charging 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democrats during the 2016 presidential election.
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.
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.
The Information:
Sources: Amazon Web Services is considering selling its own networking switches to business customers, challenging companies like Cisco, Juniper, and Arista  —  Amazon Web Services already dominates the market for cloud services.  Now, it is eyeing a part of the cloud business it doesn't already control …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Adobe plans to unveil the full version of Photoshop for iPad at its annual MAX creative conference in October and release it in 2019  —  - Users in media, entertainment want to edit work ‘on the fly’  — Long-term effort will spread to other Adobe programs later
Karen Freifeld / Reuters:
US Department of Commerce on Friday officially lifted a ban on US companies selling goods to ZTE  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday lifted a ban on U.S. companies selling goods to ZTE Corp, allowing China's second-largest telecommunications equipment maker to resume business.

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