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Tuesday Highlights: Randall Colburn delves into Apple's TV ambitions questioning if the company will finally "figure out the television formula"; probes into iPhone slow-down not letting up as a consumer council in Shanghai demands more information; OpEd at Computerworld asks if the "battery slowdown shenanigans" are a sign Apple is finally paying "a price for keeping secrets"; Bloomberg report of "noxious hazards" in factory of Apple supplier; CIRP's latest data (2-page PDF) notes iOS marketshare improvement in the US, with new iPhones putting a damper on Android's marketshare; Apple's battery replacements seen consuming so much cobalt it would be equivalent to 26% of electric vehicles sold in 2017; Bare Feats adds second Vega GPU to an iMac Pro, benchmarks ahead; The Sweet Setup's photography workflow with an iPad; Bob Cringely discusses his 2017 predictions and offers more for 2018.
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"Apple Is Most Innovative Company: PricewaterhouseCooper/ Apple Inc. is the world's most innovative company, according to a new ranking by consulting firm Pricewaterhouse Cooper. The Cupertino company, which spent $8.1 billion on research and development last year, has held the top spot for six years in a row now. It beat Alphabet Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Samsung Electronics Corp." Investopedia 8:11 AM
"Australian banks dismiss Android NFC past in Apple Pay negotiations: The baby, the bathwater, the toys, and the cot have all been thrown out in an extraordinary missive from the Australian banks looking to access the NFC element within Apple devices." ZDNet 7:12 AM
"Google & Amazon increase pressure on Apple Music & Spotify with new features, international expansion" 9to5Mac 8:38 AM
"Will Trump start a trade war against China?" ["China will take a tit-for-tat approach then. A batch of Boeing orders will be replaced by Airbus. US auto and iPhone sales in China will suffer a setback, and US soybean and maize imports will be halted. China can also limit the number of Chinese students studying in the US."] Global Times: China 7:10 AM
"China threatens to cut sales of iPhones and US cars if 'naive' Trump pursues trade war: President-elect 'will be condemned for his recklessness, ignorance and incompetence' if he imposes tariffs, says Communist party-controlled paper" The Guardian 7:11 AM
"China fires its first warning shot, warning iPhone sales will suffer if Trump starts a trade war: Apple iPhones and other U.S. goods could suffer sales hits in China if President-elect Donald Trump goes through with his 'naive' plan of slapping a large import tariff on Chinese products, a state-backed newspaper warned on Sunday." CNBC 8:33 AM
"China hints at retaliation against Apple and iPhones if trade war goes hot" Computerworld 3:31 PM
"iPhone sales will 'suffer' if Trump targets China, officials warn" CNET 7:12 AM
"China says iPhone sales 'will suffer' if Trump goes ahead with threatened trade war" 9to5Mac 7:11 AM
"China will cut iPhone sales and retaliate 'tit-for-tat' if Trump follows through with trade threats" Business Insider 7:11 AM
"Apple's iPhone could be collateral damage in Trump's war with China" BGR 12:54 PM
"Apple Pay taps into charitable donations: The mobile payments service teams with 24 nonprofits, including International Rescue Committee, American Heart Association and World Vision, to make it easy to give money." CNET 12:07 PM
"Apple Pay now supports donations to select nonprofits" ZDNet 3:32 PM
"Samsung buys Harman to take on the Apple Car" Computerworld 6:24 AM
"Samsung buys a stake in automotive space with $8 billion Harman acquisition" Mashable 7:11 AM
"Stocks mixed: Dow closes at record high, Nasdaq falls; bond yields jump" USA Today 4:38 PM
"Bank Stocks Surge While Government Bonds Keep Sliding: Tech shares sell off on fears of tighter limits on trade and immigration under President-elect Trump" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:37 PM
"Nikkei surges, leaving other Asian markets in the dust: Asian equity markets were mixed Monday, with Japan's Nikkei outperforming regional markets following stronger-than-expected economic data and a weaker yen." MarketWatch 7:13 AM
"European stocks end off highs as oil prices, Italian shares retreat: European shares closed modestly higher Monday, but gave up beefier gains as oil prices retreated and worries about next month's constitutional referendum weighed on Italian stocks." MarketWatch 12:37 PM
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