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Friday Highlights: Jury in the never-ending patent battle between Apple and Samsung finds the South Korean company must pay $539 million to Apple in damages—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; in other legal news, court documents reveal Apple did actually know "iPhone 6 was bendier than previous models" concerning touch disease; several articles at Triangle Business Journal cover Apple's close ties with Research Triangle Park, asking if area is actually ready for larger Apple presence, seeing possible revolution in area tech community with Apple's decision; Low End Mac warns of using SATA III drives in a Mac only equipped to handle SATA II; Jon Collins catches up with the creators of Mellel word processor for Mac; Apple blocks Steam app on iOS meaning you can no longer enjoy PC games on your iDevice, Killian Bell at Cult of Mac calls ban "silly".

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  • "Apple's Next Battleground Isn't TV; It's Web Services"  AllThingsD 7:57 AM
  • "Apple Still Casts a Long Shadow Over CES: For a company that hasn't attended CES since 1992, Apple dominates the show."  Wired 8:13 AM
  • "Innovation vs. market reality: Apple's balancing act"  TechRepublic 8:57 AM
  • "Apple #1, Google #2 - 50 Innovative Companies Ranked By 1,500 Execs" Forbes 8:07 AM
  • "3 moves Apple has to make in China: Apple has a relatively small presence in the country. That has to change."  Fortune 8:17 AM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook meets with China Mobile chairman in Beijing" Reuters 7:55 AM
  • "Apple's China Push" [Video Report] CNBC 4:14 PM
  • "Apple's Cook, China Mobile Meet, Raising Possibility of iPhone Deal" [Paid Membership Required] 11:16 AM
  • "Report: Apple in Talks to Bring iPhone to China Mobile" PC Magazine 11:03 AM
  • "Apple's CEO Tim Cook Meets All Three Mobile Operators in China" M.I.C. Gadget 3:29 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook confirms cellular version of iPad mini coming to China in late January" The Next Web 8:17 AM
  • "Tim Cook Calls On China Mobile, Raises Hope For iPhone Deal" Forbes 11:19 AM
  • "Apple's Cook Discusses Cooperation With China Mobile Chairman" Bloomberg 8:52 AM
  • "Tim Cook gets interviewed by a Chinese media outlet, talks about world's biggest carrier, China Mobile, labor conditions, and retail" 9 to 5 Mac 8:50 AM
  • "Apple's Cook heads to China Mobile to talk 'cooperation': The Apple chief executive has been in China all week, and earlier met with the country's government regulators to discuss the technology industry." CNET News 9:22 AM
  • "Apple Marketing SVP Phil Schiller seems to deny talk of cheap iPhone"  9 to 5 Mac 12:13 PM
  • "Schiller: Despite popularity of cheap smartphones, they won't be the future of Apple's products" The Next Web 2:20 PM
  • "Apple Exec Dismisses Notion of a 'Cheaper' iPhone" PC Magazine 3:25 PM
  • "Apple would address 65% of smartphone market with low-cost iPhone" AppleInsider 9:15 AM
  • "Apple Doesn't Do Cheap: Apple's older-model-at-cheaper-prices strategy seems to be working so well that Apple has little incentive to change it. But, but, but ... isn't Apple losing to Android? Doesn't Apple have to go after all these new smartphone consumers who might otherwise fall to the dark side and never come back? No. Apple is crazy profitable. Apple is not backed into a corner just because everyone else seems to be buying Android."  MacNewsWorld 8:36 AM
  • "Apple, photographer settle 'Retina' eyeball image lawsuit: The company and Swiss photographer Sabine Liewald settle a lawsuit involving the use of an eyeball image to promote the MacBook Pro." CNET News 7:56 AM
  • "Safari at 10: lasting impact on Apple's success" Macworld 8:35 AM
  • "How To make the OS X Help Viewer less obtrusive: The OS X Help Viewer by default stays on top of other windows, which means it can sometimes be in the way." MacFixIt 9:11 PM
  • "OS X Mountain Lion: New users not shown in Users & Groups preferences pane" Apple Support 7:31 PM
  • "OS X: iTunes Artwork screen saver is blank or states 'Your iTunes Library does not contain any songs with artwork'" Apple Support 7:31 PM
  • "3 Ways to Bring Back Web Sharing in OS X Mountain Lion" Mactuts+ 8:47 AM
  • "How to Rebuild Spotlight's Index" Macinstruct 8:26 AM
  • "Searching For Email Messages In Mail Is A Royal Pain. Finding Email Is The Way To Go" Mac 360 8:01 AM
  • "Hate The Mac's Dock? Need Less Clutter, More Efficiency? Build Your Own Custom Menu" NoodleMac 8:01 AM
  • "Here's A New Way To Solve Problems: A Mac App That Combines Calculator And Paper" BohemianBoomer 8:01 AM
  • "Avoid Copyright And Photo Theft Problems With The App That Resizes, Optimizes, And Adds A Watermark" McSolo 8:02 AM
  • "How To Secure Your Mac With An Idea Whose Time Has Almost Arrived (but not quite yet)" Mac 360 8:01 AM
  • "Got An RSS Reader On Your Mac? Do You Use Safari's Reader? Use Booky Instead? No." Mac 360 8:01 AM
  • "Try The Mac Notes App That Dares To Think Different (reminders and alarms, meet notes)" TeraTalks 8:01 AM
  • "To Be Honest, It Would Be Great If iCloud Was More Like Dropbox" AppleBitch 3:21 PM
  • "Why some websites don't work properly in your favorite browser" Macworld 10:18 AM
Press Releases
  • "Skype updates Mac app with click to call in Safari and revamps user profile view" The Next Web 12:19 PM
  • "iTunes Control App Synergy 5 Goes Big on Lion" FairerPlatform 10:59 AM
  • "Ripeware, LLC today announced the availability of Lively Logic 1.1, an update to the Mac graphing application that adds support for trend lines, automatic axis scaling, and interactive panning and scaling of graph axes. This new version also brings full support for Macs with Retina displays." Ripeware 7:59 AM
  • "Schedula™v2.6 is powerful scheduling software for FileMaker Pro® 11 and 12. It is both fast and easy-to-use. Intended primarily for businesses, the fee for Schedula Professional is just $149 and inlcudes multi-user. This version is compatible with FileMaker Go for the iPad." Life $uccess Institute 7:58 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple's Complete Domination Over Windows In Three Charts"  Business Insider 8:20 AM
  • "The Apple economy dominates CES 2013, but Samsung isn't far behind" The Verge 4:14 PM
  • "'Apple Is Done' And Surface Tablet Is Cool, According To Teens" BGR 8:56 AM
  • "5 new Apple products coming in 2013" CNNMoney 7:56 AM
  • "Global iBrands Top 20: The Quintessence of Combining High-tech and Arts" ["Global iBrands Top 20 Are Selected from the Global Apple Industrial Chain"] PRNewswire 8:58 AM
  • "Cook: Apple Wishes China to Be Among First Countries in Which It Debuts New Products" BrightWire 8:30 AM
  • "Apple preps for Chinese New Year shopping rush across Asia with seasonal gift guides" The Next Web 8:17 AM
  • "Giant iPhone in St. Petersburg is tribute to Steve Jobs" TUAW 8:35 AM
  • "Giant iPhone: Interactive monument to Steve Jobs unveiled in Russia" Digital Trends 8:47 AM
  • "Contractor Reveals Store Project's Complexity" ifoAppleStore 11:09 AM
  • "U.S. university installs MacBook vending machine in its library" VentureBeat [Free Registration Required] 8:54 AM
  • "Amazon's AutoRip service --the real Apple iTunes killer"  Computerworld 10:10 AM
  • "Buy a CD from Amazon after 1998? Check Amazon Cloud Player for MP3 tracks" Ars Technica 10:29 AM
  • "To Fight iTunes, Amazon May Offer 'Auto Rip' of Purchased CDs" The Mac Observer 8:48 AM
  • "Finally! A quick-draw iPhone holster An extraordinarily passionate Japanese man is the early frontrunner for Inventor of the Year" The Week 10:19 AM
  • "Paragraph Shorts Helps Readers Discover Great Short Stories Enriched With iPad-Friendly Media" TechCrunch 8:12 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "CES 2013 Photo Gallery -Robots, Speakers, Roll Cages, HAPIfork" The Mac Observer 2:22 PM
  • "CES: Listen To Tunes? Get A Snack? Whirlpool Says Do Both! (Video)" Forbes 11:25 AM
  • "Beats' Jimmy Iovine on Steve Jobs, Spotify and Why He Can Make Subscriptions Work" AllThingsD 3:24 PM
  • "New Media Expo – John Meyer of Discusses The Rise of InfoGraphics" MacVoicesTV 10:25 AM
  • "Samsung looks to diversify chip business amid Apple trouble: The company says that it is inking deals to build mobile processors for Chinese companies to fill a void soon to be left by Apple." CNET News 11:19 AM
  • "Apple Rumored To Be Testing Foxconn Subsidiary's Touch Panels For Next iPad mini" App Advice 8:29 AM
  • "iMac Delays Due to Low Screen Yields at Supplier LG Display" The Mac Observer 8:48 AM
  • "27-inch iMac Delayed by LG Display Yield Issues" Tapscape 8:10 AM
  • "Apple Nips Thunderbolt Prices, Delivers MBA Firmware, Prepaid iPhone deal" FairerPlatform 8:10 AM
  • "Sorry Scammers, But You Can't Bait And Switch iOS App Screenshots Anymore, Says Apple" Cult of Mac 8:35 AM
  • "Apple Locks in iOS App Screenshots to Prevent Scams" Mashable 8:47 AM
  • "IBM cements 20 years of patent dominance" ["Apple, which made its first appearance in IFI's top 50 in 2010, also made big gains. Apple earned 1,136 patents, an increase of 68% compared to its 2011 tally, and landed at 22 in the rankings, up from 39 a year earlier. Google's patent haul exceeded Apple's by just 15 patents."] Network World 9:02 AM
  • "IBM Granted Most U.S. Patents for 20th Straight Year" ["Google Inc. took a spot in the top 50 for the first time, with 15 more patents than Apple (AAPL) Inc."] Bloomberg 8:52 AM
  • "Apple Releases MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.6" MacPrices 2:21 PM
Apple Patent Applications
  • "USPTO Reveals Apple's Big Continuation Patent Fest" Patently Apple 8:43 AM
  • "Apple investigating location-based emergency app for iPhone" AppleInsider 8:49 AM
  • "Patent reveals Apple's exploration of emergency services app for iOS devices" O'Grady's PowerPage 11:09 AM
  • "Apple files patent for parallelizing multiple boot images with virtual machines" AppleDailyReport 9:13 AM
  • "Apple files patent for computer hinge with hollow, partially annual clutch" AppleDailyReport 8:52 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Bean's Quest For iPhone and iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $1.99)" Apple Sliced 8:10 AM
  • "Bearalot For iPhone and iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $1.99)" Apple Sliced 8:10 AM
  • "Save The Birds For iPhone Is Free Today (Was $0.99)" Apple Sliced 8:10 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:57 AM
  • "PadGadget Daily App Deal – 10 iPad Apps on Sale" PadGadget 8:41 AM

  • "iPhone + SPOT Connect delivers peace of mind—via satellite" The Mac Observer 2:22 PM
  • "Review: Westinghouse Unplug is a solid, affordable portable Bluetooth speaker" TechHive 8:47 AM
  • "Review: Proximo lets you use your iPhone to find your keys" Macworld 8:48 AM
  • "Musemee Notier Stylus — iPad Gear Review" PadGadget 10:30 AM
  • "ibattz Mojo Hi5 Powerbank Case Review" iSource 8:48 AM
  • "Popular Pebble: Why Your Wrist Is a New Frontier for Apps" Techland 8:42 AM
  • "Hands-on with the Pebble smart watch" AppleInsider 7:57 AM
  • "KitSound Audio Earmuffs review: Enjoy some hot tunes with this headphone/earmuff hybrid" Macworld UK 8:48 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Review: Evernote 5 for iOS improves user interface, note organization" Macworld 7:56 AM
  • "Zenonia 5 Review: It's got a few refinements that might need refining, but Zenonia 5 is still mostly the exemplary iOS action RPG we all expected." 148Apps 2:20 PM
  • "How To create HTML rich email signatures on your iPhone and iPad" iMore 9:17 PM
  • "Find Out The Meaning Of Emoji Characters On iPhone And iPad With This Cool Trick" Redmond Pie 3:30 PM
  • "Cassandra -Friday Review: The Weekend Arrives" eXtensions 7:23 PM
  • "Phil Schiller: Cheap phones will 'never be the future of Apple products'" Ars Technica 3:35 PM
  • "Phil Schiller dismisses cheap iPhone rumors" Edible Apple 3:21 PM
  • "Apple's Schiller: A cheaper iPhone? Um, no" CNET News 2:27 PM
  • "Phil Schiller downplays chances of cheaper iPhone" Electronista 2:24 PM
  • "Resolved: 'cheap' iPhones aren't 'the future' of Apple's business" GigaOM 2:24 PM
  • "Apple SVP Phil Schiller kills the cheap iPhone rumor ... or does he?" VentureBeat 2:23 PM
  • "No Cheap iPhone, Says Apple's Schiller" Tapscape 2:20 PM
  • "Rumor: Apple SVP Phil Schiller Denying That A Cheap iPhone Is Coming" Apple Bitch 12:19 PM
  • "The Network Effect: Why Apple's IOS Will Win The Platform War Over Google's Android" Seeking Alpha 12:17 PM
  • "When Steve Jobs tried to save Mark Hurd's job as HP CEO" Edible Apple 2:21 PM
  • "Steve Jobs tried to help Mark Hurd regain his job, says report: Apple's co-founder reportedly urged a reconciliation between the beleaguered former CEO and Hewlett-Packard's board." CNET News 12:17 PM
  • "Steve Jobs tried to save Mark Hurd's job and HP" 9 to 5 Mac 11:07 AM
  • "Steve Jobs (Of All People) Tried To Save Mark Hurd's Job At HP" Business Insider 11:02 AM
  • "Top Apple Blogger Says Latest Change To App Store Is Going To Be A 'Pain In The [Rear]' For Developers" Business Insider 10:31 AM
  • "The Macalope Daily: Triumph" Macworld 10:11 AM
  • "Apple needs China Mobile. China Mobile needs Apple." VentureBeat 10:10 AM
  • "Tim Cook meets with China Mobile chairman Xi Gouhua; says cellular iPad Mini coming to China later this month" Edible Apple 2:22 PM
  • "Former Apple insider: 'At Apple, they really are after you'/Former CEO of Apple acquisition thinks the company's 'near death experience' is cause of pressure on employees" Macworld UK 8:21 AM
  • "New Cheaper Iphone Called 'Absolutely Awful News' For Apple" BGR 12:19 PM
  • "The iPhone mini Would Help Apple Reach 580 Million New Customers" App Advice 12:18 PM
  • "Cheaper Apple iPhone Would Trigger Tim Cook's Departure" ["As an investor, as a follower of companies, as a not-too-geeky tech geek -- from that perspective -- I shudder to think of the mess Tim Cook will find himself in a year or three from now if he effectively spits on everything Steve Jobs built at Apple."]  TheStreet 8:59 AM
  • "The Trend With Legs: Goodbye iPhone Subsidy" PixoBebo 8:00 AM
  • "The Embarrassment Of Apple's Riches: The Premium Brand Customers Want To Buy Again" PixoBebo 8:00 AM
  • "How About An Amazon AutoRip For Books?" SplatF 2:23 PM
  • "David Pogue Hates The Calendar App Microsoft Built Into Windows 8" Business Insider 11:02 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Pro hands-on impressions from CES" PCWorld 8:06 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Traffic Racer 1.3 is Now Available on the iOS App Store" prMac 5:01 PM
  • "Soundtracking Remixes iOS App To Match Its Musical Photo Twitter Cards That Boosted Referrals 30%" TechCrunch 4:10 PM
  • "PowerCam for iOS improves collage, adds effects" TUAW 3:30 PM
  • "TrackingPoint Sniper Sight Can Display Targets On An iPad" Business Insider 2:24 PM
  • "Popular Game 'Cut the Rope iPad' Gets Update with 25 New Levels" PadGadget 2:24 PM
  • "CES 2013: iBattz Debuts Extensive Line Of Battery Cases For The iPhone 5" App Advice 2:23 PM
  • "Sanho Cameramator wirelessly links DSLR cameras to iOS devices - CES 2013" Insanely Great Mac 9:40 AM
  • "Mophie OutRide turns your iPhone into a GoPro-like solution - CES 2013" Insanely Great Mac 9:40 AM
  • "MyCharge Freedom iPhone case with battery backup - CES 2013" Insanely Great Mac 9:40 AM
  • "Google Releases New 'Google Coordinate' App for iPhone" iClarified 9:22 AM
  • "Amzer Shatterproof iPhone film hands-on" Engadget 9:05 AM
  • "Zoom iQ5 External Microphone For iPhone 5 Dramatically Improves The Recorded Sound Quality" Redmond Pie 8:48 AM
  • "Star Trek-Inspired 'CommBadge' Gives You Handsfree Access to iPhone, Android" Mashable 8:47 AM
  • "iPotty Aims To Entertain Toddlers During Toilet Training" Mashable 8:47 AM
  • "Magic Cube Projects Virtual Keyboard for Typing Anywhere" PadGadget 8:41 AM
  • "The Pogo Connect Just Might Be The Best Stylus For Your iPad [CES 2013] Cult of Mac 8:36 AM
  • "HEX's New Backpacks And Headphones Are Great Accessories For Your Mac [CES 2013] Cult of Mac 8:36 AM
  • "'Zenonia® 5' Hits The App Store" RazorianFly 8:33 AM
  • "Personalize Your Trip Plans With The Newly Updated Yahoo! TimeTraveler" App Advice 8:31 AM
  • "Macworld/iWorld 2013 Best of Show: Call for submissions" Macworld 8:18 AM
  • "Skifta's new iOS app brings DLNA and AirPlay together" GigaOM 8:17 AM
  • "i-Free Innovations is Releasing I Am Vegend: Zombiegeddon" prMac 11:19 AM
  • "Telepathic Gaming go one step ahead in mobile gaming with What it Takes" prMac 8:17 AM
  • "Fun New Coloring Book App For iPhone/iPad/iPod For Kids" prMac 8:17 AM
  • "Take My Machete from Upper Class Walrus now available on Apple App Store" prMac 8:16 AM
  • "Zany New Mystery App Whodunit? Helps Users Spot Fartee" prMac 8:15 AM
  • "mPrometheus 1.0 for iOS - 3-Frequency Color Organ with Moving Lights" prMac 8:15 AM
  • "intelli-Diet App - Don't count calories, eat them" prMac 8:15 AM
  • "Immediate Release: Joey's Italian eBook and iBook, Classic Italian Meals" prMac 8:15 AM
  • "Dmytro Denys releases Piano HD - 88 keys Free 1.0 for iOS" prMac 8:15 AM
  • "Counting with Animals for iOS - Kids 1 - 5: Count, Hear and Name Animals" prMac 8:15 AM
Computer Industry
  • "The 2012 Patent Rankings: IBM on Top (Again), Google and Apple Surging" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:40 AM
  • "IBM cements 20 years of patent dominance" Computerworld 8:40 AM
  • "How IBM Crushed Everyone Else In Patents For The 20th Straight Year" Business Insider 8:41 AM
  • "Big Blue Is Still the Big Dog of Patents" AllThingsD 8:41 AM
  • "IBM removed the Urban Dictionary from Watson's memory after it got too sassy" The Verge 3:16 PM
  • "IBM UK appoints new chief" Computing 8:39 AM
  • "As expected, Microsoft buys R2 Studios for Xbox unit: At same time, Microsoft names R2 Studios chief Blake Krikorian Corporate Vice President of its Interactive Entertainment Business" Computerworld 11:14 AM
  • "Microsoft: Yep, we bought R2 Studios/Redmond says it has purchased R2 Studios, a startup working on home-automation applications, and is folding the new company into its Xbox division." CNET News 11:16 AM
  • "Microsoft names Blake Krikorian as CVP on the Xbox team" Seattle Times 12:17 PM
  • "Schools to save £10m with new Microsoft deal: CRN - Essential information for VARs, integrators and converged resellers. Claim your free subscription today." CRN 8:45 AM
  • "Fellows leaves Microsoft for Australia Post" Computerworld 8:44 AM
  • "Expect More Suffering For Microsoft And Intel In 2013" BGR 2:42 PM
  • "Google retreats; drops key patent claim against Microsoft" ZDNet 8:48 AM
  • "Microsoft, Intel PCs to Keep Losing Share, Canalys Says" Bloomberg 12:21 PM
  • "Intel should dump x86 and make ARM chips, says executive" ZDNet 8:42 AM
  • "Intel describes its 'Y' chips ambitions for tablets: Chip giant will start to make a big effort to drive it Y series chips into tablets." CNET 8:48 AM
  • "Intel still struggling in smartphone market as ARM rivals move forward: Intel makes only incremental smartphone chip improvements, while NVidia and Qualcomm made power and performance improvements on ARM chips" Computerworld UK 8:34 AM
  • "2013 Will Be A Foundational Year For Intel's Mobile Chip Transition" Seeking Alpha 12:30 PM
  • "Intel CTO: We're watching the rebirth of the PC/The PC is transforming into an Internet device, and we are just years away from phones and PCs acting like colleagues, says Justin Rattner" InfoWorld 8:35 AM
  • "CES: Intel still struggling to crack smartphone and tablet markets" Contra Costa Times 9:21 AM
  • "Dell and Intel bet big on Mirantis OpenStack cloud: Tech heavyweights join WestSummit in pouring $10 million into the open source cloud startup" InfoWorld 8:25 AM
  • "Dell, Intel and WestSummit back Mirantis' OpenStack effort with $10M" GigaOM 8:06 AM
  • "CES 2013: Dell announces cheaper Latitude 10 Windows 8 tablet configuration" ZDNet 8:35 AM
  • "Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL) Introducing New Features in Latitude 10" The Point Daily 8:25 AM
  • "AMD shows off a reference device with a quad-core, x86-based Temash chip" Engadget 7:45 PM
  • "AMD points to APU momentum at CES 2013" Computerworld 8:32 AM
  • "AMD dismisses low end tablets" Fudzilla 8:33 AM
  • "AMD appoints Devinder Kumar as chief financial officer effective Jan. 2" The China Post 8:33 AM
  • "Break up HP: it's the only way to save it: The time is right to split up Hewlett-Packard. The company can't survive in its current state" InfoWorld 8:29 AM
  • "Steve Jobs (Of All People) Tried To Save Mark Hurd's Job At HP" Business Insider 11:21 AM
  • "HP's Cloud: The Giant Ship Lost its Way" Cloud Ave 8:28 AM
  • "HP Creating 200 Jobs in Alpharetta: The California-based technology company is transitioning its Customer Solution Center to the local campus off Westside Parkway." Patch 8:29 AM
  • "Toni Sacconaghi Expects Dow Dog Hewlett-Packard To Nearly Double" Seeking Alpha 10:25 AM
  • "Hewlett-Packard's New Releases Will Not Boost Price Multiples" Seeking Alpha 12:31 PM
  • "Hack turns the Cisco phone on your desk into a remote bugging device: No fix yet for attack that allows eavesdropping on private conversations." Ars Technica 8:34 AM
  • "Cisco phone exploit allows attackers to listen in on phone calls" The Verge 12:49 PM
  • "Cisco appoints Jeff White as President, India and SAARC" Information Week 8:34 AM
  • "Samsung looks to diversify chip business amid Apple trouble: The company says that it is inking deals to build mobile processors for Chinese companies to fill a void soon to be left by Apple." CNET News 11:24 AM
  • "Lenovo chief: We're in the PC-plus, not post-PC era/The PC is still relevant, Lenovo's chief executive says, but customers want computers that have more than just the basic functionality." CNET News 5:06 PM
  • "PC sales drop in fourth quarter of 2012 for the first time in five years: IDC also Reports that HP is still the world's top PC vendor." Ars Technica 9:21 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Is Still Apple, But Street Sees Orange" Forbes 11:02 AM
  • "Apple Cash And Investments Are Disclosed And Supports The Stock" Seeking Alpha 3:24 PM
  • "Apple's Greatest Gift From The Holidays Is Its Bargain Stock Price" Forbes 9:22 AM
  • "Munster Cuts His Apple Price Target" ["Stalwart Apple bull Gene Munster is cutting his price target on Apple to $875, down from $900."] Business Insider 9:15 AM
  • "Apple Turns Sour for Some Big Funds" Morningstar 8:33 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks end up on improved view of global economy" MarketWatch 3:21 PM
  • "Bank Stocks Lead Advance" [Paid Membership Required] 2:45 PM
  • "Final Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares up at the close of trading" Associated Press 5:08 PM
  • "Stocks Rise Slightly in Afternoon Trading" TheStreet 2:44 PM
  • "Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks: Nasdaq's 10 most active stocks at 1 p.m." Associated Press 3:22 PM
  • "Asia Markets: Asia stocks get a lift from China trade data/Asian stocks ended higher Thursday after data on China's December exports far surpassed expectations, with Japanese stocks extending gains as exporters such as Sony Corp. got a boost from the weakened yen." MarketWatch 8:53 AM
  • "China Export Data Lift Futures" FOXBusiness 8:52 AM
  • "Europe Markets: Europe stocks waver as ECB stands pat/Shares gain in Milan following Italian Treasury's debt auction" MarketWatch 8:27 AM
  • "Nokia Stock Jumps On Strong Earnings Report" TechWeb News 9:00 AM
  • "Is Nokia Back? Lumia Sales Up By 1.5 Million, Stock Price Goes Crazy" Huffington Post 8:45 AM
  • "Facebook's stock continues on a tear: One day after breaking the $30 mark, Facebook settles above $31 as speculation about next week's media announcement builds." CNET News 3:30 PM
  • "Facebook Shares Top $30 Ahead of Mystery Event: Will Recent Gains Hold?" Breakout 11:27 AM
  • "Facebook stock buoyed by mysterious email invitation" Electronista 8:20 AM

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Writers Emeritus: W. Lewis, R. Chandler, W. Morris, G. Simenon, C. Vallejo, F. Garcia Lorca,
P. White, R. Adams, P. Valery, C. Aiken, R. Bradbury, F. Pessoa, S. Bellow, F. O'Connor
Art Directors: V. Van Gogh, C. Monet
Advertising Managers: C. Chaplin, H. Marx
Public Relations Firm: Bits & Bytes
Bomb Squad: Type 11 Errors
Chief Scientists: I. Asimov, S. Hawking
Road Crew: R. Petty, J. Cooper
Mechanics: Tom and Ray
Fishing Crew: A. Lindner, D. Stange, K. VanDam
Head Chef: Mom
Head Travel Guru: D. Pearson
Mascots: Cyberdog, Clarus the Dogcow
General Counsel: #%@*$$$$!