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Here’s what going on in tech on Thursday…

–Yesterday, it was an augmented reality headset. Today, Apple is said to be working on a new iPad for 2018 that will have facial recognition technology like the iPhone X built in.

–And from Apple’s entertainment wing: The company is said to have agreed to a two-season, 20-episode commitment to a new TV series starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. The untitled program will be a drama about a morning TV show.

–Susan Fowler, the former Uber engineer and whistleblower whose claims of harassment at the ride-sharing company eventually led to the ouster of CEO Travis Kalanick, has a deal with book publisher Viking.

–Niantic, the studio behind the Pokemon Go game/phenomenon, is working on an augmented reality “Harry Potter” game.

–So much for working together? Intel has hired AMD’s former head of its graphics chip business to lead up a new high-performance graphics group at Intel.

–Amazon has placed its physical retail business under the leadership of Steve Kessel, who is one of Jeff Bezos’ top lieutenants. Kessel will now oversee Amazon’s Whole Foods business and bookstores, along with the company’s Prime Now and AmazonFresh delivery operations.

–The Department of Justice has reportedly told AT&T it will need to sell CNN if it wants the government to OK its proposed $84.5 billion acquisition of Time-Warner.

–Are the days of tinfoil attached to TV rabbit ears coming back? A new, 3D-printed tinfoil reflector is said to be able to boost the coverage of your home WiFi network.

–Somebody take the wheel. A driverless Las Vegas shuttle was in a collision with an old-fashioned human-driven truck on its first day in service.

Photo: Apple Sr. Vice President of Marketing Phil Schiller introduces the new iPad Pro during a media event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California on March 21, 2016. Apple is reportedly working on a new iPad with face identification technology to be released in 2018. (Courtesy: AFP/Josh Edelson/Getty Images).


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