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March 18, 2020, 4:10 PM

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Apple:
Apple unveils new 11" and 12.9" iPad Pro with a lidar scanner for depth-sensing, backlit keyboard and trackpad, available to order today for $799+ and $999+  —  New Magic Keyboard Designed for iPad Pro Features a Floating Design, Backlit Keyboard and Trackpad, Delivering the Best Typing Experience Ever on iPad
Apple:
Apple launches new MacBook Air with a Magic Keyboard featuring scissor-style keys, 13.3" display, Touch ID, and 10th-gen Intel Core CPUs, starting at $999  —  The Most Popular Mac Now Has Up to 2x Faster Performance, the New Magic Keyboard and Twice the Storage
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:
Apple will add full trackpad support to all iPads running iPadOS 13.4 on March 24 and unveils a Magic Keyboard with built-in trackpad starting at $299 in May  —  Apple today announced that iPadOS 13.4 will launch next Tuesday, March 24 as a free software update for all iPad Pro models …
Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Richard Leadbetter / Eurogamer.net:
Sony details full PlayStation 5 specs: a custom eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU, custom GPU based on AMD's RDNA 2 with 10.28 teraflops, 16GB RAM, and custom 825GB SSD  —  Sony has broken its silence.  PlayStation 5 specifications are now out in the open with system architect Mark Cerny delivering …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Slack unveils a new design with an updated navigation bar, collapsible sections within the sidebar, improved ways to respond to threads and mentions, and more  —  It arrives today, and it's more customizable and simplified  —  Slack is unveiling a big redesign to its communications app …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google launches Android 11 Developer Preview 2 with hinge angle support for foldables, call screening improvements, and new Neural Networks API functionality  —  Google today launched the second Android 11 developer preview with hinge angle detection support, call screening improvements, and new ops in the Neural Networks API.
Casey Newton / The Interface:
Amid COVID-19 crisis, tech platforms are making a premature bet on AI, as human moderators shift to moderating less sensitive content while working from home  —  Today, let's talk about some of the front-line workers at Facebook and Google working on the pandemic: the content moderators who keep the site running day in and day out.
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Kevin Roose / New York Times:
This pandemic has generated a surge in online community building, creating cautious optimism that our virtual efforts can offset some in-person losses  —  We've always hoped that our digital tools would create connections, not conflict.  We have a chance to make it happen.
Cade Metz / New York Times:
Pat Hanrahan and Ed Catmull are awarded the $1M Turing Award for their work on 3D animation and RenderMan, the engine behind Pixar's movies  —  Ed Catmull and Pat Hanrahan created computer techniques that remade animation, special effects, virtual reality and artificial intelligence.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
WhatsApp announces two initiatives to combat COVID-19 misinformation: an Information Hub in partnership with WHO and others, and a $1M grant to Poynter  —  WhatsApp has long grappled with its platform being used to spread misinformation.  In the latest move, today it announced two initiatives …
Patrick J. Sauer / Marker:
Profile of Cameo, a marketplace that lets fans pay for personalized videos from celebrities, which in the last 15 months has grown from 20 to 125 employees  —  Inside the surreal and lucrative two-sided marketplace of mediocre famous people  —  ho's the most famous person on the planet?" asks Steven Galanis. "

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