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Weekend Highlights: Report casts investigative eye on Apple lawyer paying taxes and utilities for doctor who gave Jobs new liver; The Motley Fool speculates that Apple will dominate this Christmas season if early numbers are any indication; iPhones hugely successful in Japan; playful article title from CNBC says Apple is blowing bubbles with Carl Icahn's money, highlighting recent acquisitions; Matthew Panzarino at TechCrunch investigates iBeacon rollout, says there could be 250 million units in the wild by 2014, and we have more reports on iBeacon in our Apple/Macintosh section; eXtensions says there are better ways to create text output on your Mac than needing to use Microsoft Word; Apple wields great control over the "App Economy" thanks to a user base that "want[s] the latest and greatest"; China Mobile deal means potential of millions more customers, and as a result, a happy bottom line, discussion at Bloomberg TV with Horace Dediu; and Shaun Rein discusses what challenges face Apple in this nascent market; Apple turning on iBeacons in all US-based retail stores, and as Jonny Evans surmises, this means "game over for NFC" — reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; Apple demanding Samsung pay $15 million in legal fees for California case; Mark Rogowsky has an idea of what Tim Cook might tell Carl Icahn if he weren't such a polite CEO; John Martellaro believes "Apple's TV innovation will be unexpected"; TechHive's Caitlin McGarry explains why she believes Google+ is "the surprising champ of photo sharing"; MacMost tutorial on how to record audio with GarageBand; iOS 7 rate of adoption now at 74% according to Apple's own numbers; shipping improves to 1-3 days for iPhone 5s models; 10 year old boy over in the UK steals £400,000 in Apple gear; Samsung gets raided by EU antitrust officials over online sales; blockbuster holiday expected for Apple, and new data suggests "20% month-over-month growth"; late Thursday the WSJ unleashed an editorial excoriating the ebook case judge and her self-appointed monitor, calling the judge "abusive", and "a disgrace to the judiciary".
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"iTunes Store Sets New Record with 25 Billion Songs Sold" ["'Averaging over 15,000 songs downloaded per minute, the iTunes Store connects music fans with their favorite artists..."] Apple 10:13 AM
"iTunes Store Sets New Record with 25 Billion Songs Sold" Business Wire 10:13 AM
"Apple, Samsung dominate 103 percent of '12 handset profits: Canaccord Genuity believes Samsung lost market share to Apple in Q4 but it should gain share this period amid a possible Galaxy S4 launch by the end of March." CNET News 10:12 AM
"Apple took home 72% of all handset profits last quarter: Samsung had 29%, according to Canaccord Genuity. The rest got nothing." Fortune 3:58 PM
"Gartner: Apple's Macs will be as accepted as Windows PCs by 2015/Although Microsoft will retain its corporate-relationship advantage, users' preference for iOS and OS X will aid Apple" Network World 7:51 AM
"ITC judge schedules final ruling on Apple's complaint against Samsung for August 1, 2013" Foss Patents 7:42 AM
"Who Might Unseat Apple And Samsung As Handset Kings?" Forbes 4:21 PM
"Vine Now Rated 17+" ["I don't understand how Apple is being prudish or giving Vine a 'raw deal' here. If pornographic content is easy to find on Vine — and Isaac and Paczkowski agree that it is — how is 17+ not the appropriate rating?"] Daring Fireball 3:58 PM
"Apple is... Apple's 9 definitions since 1995" Alex4D 7:51 AM
"Opinion: An Apple iOS UI redesign? Nice, but not essential" Electronista 7:49 AM
"If Content Truly Is King Then Why Isn't Apple The Worldwide King Of Content?" PixoBebo 7:28 AM
"On The Vine: One of the reasons I got into the investing side of things was Instagram. Over the years as a writer, I had 'zeroed in' on many companies that would go on to become hot properties from an investment perspective (Twitter, Foursquare, Square, Quora, etc). " ParisLemon 6:03 PM
"The Rise of Bounding Asterisks in Lieu of Italicization for Emphasizing Text" Daring Fireball 5:57 PM
"Next Xbox May Not Play Used Games" Mashable 4:18 PM
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