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August 20, 2018, 4:00 PM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple to debut later this year a pro-focused upgrade to Mac mini and a low-cost laptop like MacBook Air but with smaller bezels and a retina 13" screen  —  - Retina laptop, pro-focused Mac mini desktop coming this year  — Apple reported fewest Mac sales since 2010 during last quarter
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nvidia debuts GeForce RTX 2000 GPU series with RTX 2070, RTX 2080, RTX 2080 Ti, claiming up to “6 times more performance” than last gen, shipping begins Sept 20  —  Nvidia is unveiling its new GeForce RTX 2000 series of graphics cards today at Gamescom in Germany today.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Fitbit unveils $150 Charge 3 Core with a touchscreen, water resistance, expanded notifications, and $170 Special Edition with Fitbit Pay, available from October  —  Can a fitness tracker survive in a world of smartwatches?  —  It may feel like all the attention is on full-fledged smartwatches these days …
Yoko Kubota / Wall Street Journal:
Chinese state media, which recently criticized Apple for illegal apps in the China App Store, says Apple has removed 25,000 apps  —  Apple offers more than 1.8 million apps in China  —  BEIJING—Under fire from Chinese state media, Apple Inc. AAPL 2.00% said it removed illegal gambling apps …
Kashmir Hill / Jezebel:
NYT fully omitted Mary Stone Ross, one of the original three activists behind the ballot measure that led to CA's online privacy law, from its recent deep dive  —  The New York Times Magazine recently published a lengthy cover story on “The Unlikely Activists Who Took On Silicon Valley …
Anna Hensel / VentureBeat:
Giphy refreshes its homepage to feature sets of GIFs around different trending topics, curated by an editorial team, called Stories  —  Giphy, the search engine for GIFs, is rolling out a redesigned homepage today to capitalize on GIFs' reputation for capturing memorable moments from live events.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Karma, a food-ordering app for buying and selling surplus food from 1,500+ food outlets in London and Sweden, raises $12M Series A led by Kinnevik  —  Around one third of the food produced each year — 1.3 billion tons of it — is either lost or wasted, according to data from the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization.

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