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Weekend Highlights: Spring 2018 might see a number of new products, including software, from Apple; Dan Moren feels HomePod is starting out like the Apple Watch, "whereas the chief criticism of the latter upon its release was that it tried to do too much, the HomePod follows more of a tried-and-true Apple pattern: it starts small"; Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, likely to see extra tax on revenues in UK; Safari to be friendlier to social media as changes made to "cookie killer"; Glenn Fleishman reiterates warning to *not* convert "Time Machine volume from HFS+ to APFS"; numerous accidental calls to 911 made from California Apple repair center; Land Rover introducing $800 Android smartphone with super rugged features, and more; AirPower wireless charging pad said to be available for purchase sometime in March.
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"Apple Plans to Ship Less-Expensive iPhone to China Mobile" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3:20 PM
"This is big: Apple finally reaches deal with 700-million-subscriber China Mobile" VentureBeat 5:11 PM
"Apple Said to Be Close to a Deal With China Mobile" Bloomberg 6:03 PM
"Judge orders Apple e-books monitor to prevent 'further misconduct': Judge Denise Cote says an external monitor will be in place for two years to make sure Apple complies with the court's orders." CNET News 9:55 AM
"Apple hit with U.S. injunction in e-books antitrust case" Reuters 11:07 AM
"Campers already lining up at Fifth Avenue Apple Store two weeks before rumored iPhone launch" 9 to 5 Mac 1:16 PM
"Apple to unveil new store at Stanford Shopping Center" San Jose Mercury News [Free Registration Required] 8:13 AM
"NTT DoCoMo to sell iPhone in Apple stronghold Japan: sources" Reuters 8:12 AM
"Sorry, iPhone rivals: America is still Apple country" BGR 7:57 PM
"Android beats surging iOS again on mobile ad network: Google's mobile OS captured 51 percent of ad impressions on Millennial Media's network last quarter, though iOS rose to snag a 42 percent share." CNET News 7:53 AM
"Apple's Sept. 10 event: Join us next Tuesday (live blog)" CNET News 7:53 AM
"How the NSA snoop-proofs its Macs" Macworld 7:52 AM
"Early Apple Store Planners Talk About Their Work" ifoAppleStore 7:46 AM
"More Evidence Apple's 16GB iPhone 5 Will Live On Surfaces Online" AppAdvice 7:37 AM
"Nintendo faces 'path to irrelevance', says Atari founder" BBC 8:38 PM
"Yahoo: US wanted data on 40,000 accounts in first half of 2013" Ars Technica 8:32 PM
"Exclusive: Amazon Wants To Offer Its Smartphone for Free. Who Will Follow?" jessica lessin 8:14 PM
"'Shopping cart' patent troll tries to save itself, gets pounded by Newegg" Ars Technica 7:30 PM
"Guilty verdict in Microsoft v. Motorola FRAND breach case published" Foss Patents 9:43 AM
"How can I stop Paypal from freezing my crowdfunding campaign? Ars asks Paypal and gets a complex—and so far unsatisfactory—answer." Ars Technica 9:34 AM
"Rumored EU law would scrap cellular roaming fees, let travelers choose providers" Engadget 7:46 AM
"Coming September 7: Gene Steinberg meets Adam Engst, from TidBITS and Take Control Books, and Kirk McElhearn, Macworld's 'iTunes Guy,' this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 6:52 PM
"Podcast: Apple Event, iPad 5, App Store Upgrades/Trials, Facebook workers" Insanely Great Mac 7:47 AM
"'Writing On The iPad' is a textbook for iOS automation" TUAW 11:21 AM
"Viticci's Editorial Review Was So Long, He Turned It Into This Awesome iBook" Cult of Mac 7:44 AM
"I've lived a day with the new Yahoo logo, and I'm going crazy: When something changes so radically after so many years, it's hard to come to terms with it. It sticks out like a huge barnacle. Or does it?" CNET News 7:53 AM
"Ease your guilty conscience with GiveGab, a social network for volunteers" TechHive 7:50 AM
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