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March 19, 2019, 11:35 AM

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Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple updates iMac lineup with Intel's 8th-gen and 9th-gen Core CPUs and AMD's Radeon Pro Vega GPUs; 21.5" starts at $1,299, 27" 5K at $1,799, available today  —  Nearly two years have passed since Apple last refreshed the iMac, but updates are finally here for both 4K and 5K models.
Emma Sandler / Digiday:
Instagram adds in-app shopping to let users buy from 20 beauty and fashion brands including Kylie Cosmetics, Nike, and Huda Beauty  —  Shopping on Instagram is about to change forever.  —  On March 19, the social platform announced in a blog post it was launching a beta shopping program …
Chris Sonderby / Facebook:
Facebook says original Christchurch attack video was viewed <200 times during live broadcast; first user report came in 12 minutes after live broadcast ended  —  Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and the community affected by the horrific terrorist attacks in Christchurch.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Reed Hastings confirms that Netflix won't be offering its content through Apple's upcoming video service  —  In other news: Turns out Netflix is not a tech company, Hastings says.  —  Apple is planning a big announcement to unveil its new video strategy next week, and there is a long list of unknowns about Apple's plans.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
A look at an iPhone prototype board from 2006-2007, when the device was codenamed “M68” and “Purple 2” within Apple  —  “This is a day I've been looking forward to for two and half years,” said Steve Jobs, Apple's late CEO, as he introduced the original iPhone on January 9th, 2007.
Kaiser Health News:
Report: US has spent $36B digitizing health records, which has risked patient safety with thousands of reports of deaths and injuries tied to software glitches  —  The U.S. government claimed that turning American medical charts into electronic records would make health care better, safer, and cheaper.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Amid a noticeable uptick in Mirai botnet activity, a Palo Alto Networks report says a new Mirai malware variant targets signage TVs and presentation systems  —  Security researchers spot new Mirai botnet with an enhanced arsenal of IoT exploits.  —  Security researchers have spotted …
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
Rep. Devin Nunes is suing Twitter and some of its users for defamation, alleging Twitter is shadow banning conservatives, seeks $250M+ in damages  —  House Intelligence Committee ranking member and former chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) is suing Twitter and a number of its users for more than $250 million.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Nvidia launches the 70mm by 45mm Jetson Nano, its AI computing board for entry-level applications aimed at developers, makers, and enthusiasts, starting at $99  —  The Jetson Nano is the latest example of cheap edge computing for AI  —  In recent years, advances in AI have produced algorithms …
TechCrunch:
A roundup of the 85+ companies that launched at Y Combinator's Winter 2019 Demo Day 1, including medical, AI, on-demand, e-commerce, and robotics startups  —  Y Combinator's incubator classes have gotten huge.  —  With over 200 companies, the Winter 2019 class is by far YC's largest yet.
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:
Source: Google's upcoming lower-priced Pixel phones will be called Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL with 5.6- and 6-inch displays; 3a to feature Snapdragon 670, 4GB RAM  —  According to a source familiar with the phones, the forthcoming mid-range Google Pixels are indeed called the “Google Pixel 3a” …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Intel claims it will build America's first exascale supercomputer by 2021 using its new Xe GPU architecture, partnering with Cray in a Department of Energy deal  —  Intel today announced that it and subcontractor Cray will build the first supercomputer with of one exaflop of performance …
Associated Press:
Facebook is struggling with Today In, its feature curating local news, because 40% of Americans live in places that do not have enough local news coverage  —  About 1,800 newspapers have closed in the US in the last 15 years, partly as a result of internet-based companies like Facebook
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Norsk Hydro, one of the world's largest producers of aluminum, has shut down several metal extrusion plants as it deals with a ransomware attack  —  Norway's Norsk Hydro said a cyber-attack on late Monday night crippled its IT systems.  —  Norsk Hydro, one of the world's largest aluminium producers …

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