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This week on AI: iMac Pro launch, Apple buys Shazam, FCC repeals net neutrality & more

Somehow news accelerated this week, even with the impending Christmas holiday —the biggest stories being the launch of the iMac Pro, and Apple's takeover of song recognition service Shazam.

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Everything you need to know:

  • The iMac Pro went on sale Thursday for $4,999 > >
  • The Shazam acquisition is rumored to be worth as much as $400 million > >
  • Apple is investing $390 million in 3D laser production > >
  • Final Cut Pro X was updated with 8K and expanded VR support > >
  • Apple is rumored to have picked up a sci-fi show from the creator of the "Battlestar Galactica" reboot > >
  • It might be possible to get an iPhone X in time for Christmas > >
  • The FCC voted to repeal net neutrality > >

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A roundup of all of our hottest stories this week:

Apple begins selling $4999 27-inch iMac Pro with 8-core CPU, deliveries arrive Dec. 27

Apple acquires song identifying app Shazam for undisclosed sum

iMac Pro debuts custom Apple T2 chip to handle secure boot, password encryption, more

Apple grants Finisar $390M for research & production on laser tech used in iPhone X

Apple updates Final Cut Pro X to version 10.4, with 8K video editing, extended VR video support

Apple buys original space drama TV series from 'Battlestar Galactica' creator

iPhone X delivery times improve worldwide, down to 1-3 days in some markets

Apple pushes back against shareholder measures on human rights & greenhouse gases

Apple may fix aging battery issues, prevent random shutdowns by slowing down iPhones

Apple donates $1M to southern California fire relief

GymKit for Apple Watch makes North American premiere

Apple now allows all developers to offer app pre-orders on App Store

Apple used data from iOS app to resolve 196 environmental supplier violations in China

Apple expands Everyone Can Code program to almost 500,000 Chicago students

Apple's 14- & 18-core iMac Pro configurations won't ship until 2018

Apple updates AirPort firmware with KRACK vulnerability fix

Apple releases promised iOS 11.2.1 and tvOS 11.2.1 update, restoring shared HomeKit access

Apple releases first iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2, tvOS 11.2.5 betas

Apple ready to expand Advanced Manufacturing Fund beyond $1B, COO says

'Intentional' event redirects cloud traffic from Apple, Google & others through Russia

Logic Pro X updated to take advantage of high core counts in the iMac Pro, future Mac Pro

FCC votes to undo net neutrality protections despite public protests

Amazon spokeswoman confirms Apple TV 4K being processed for return to sale

Video: Which iMac Pro configuration is right for you?

Court rejects US bid to intervene in Apple's appeal of EU tax ruling