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Monday Highlights: Thinner and lighter, just two features Adrian Kingsley-Hughes thinks Apple should abandon and instead concentrate on battery technology for iPhones; survey of companies with positive impact on society crowns Amazon king, Google next, with Apple in third place; Apple's Shazam acquisition under EU investigation probing whether data from Shazam will "hamper rivals"—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; CIRP data shows older models of iPhones still selling well, squeezing newest models; but recent study shows users of iPhone X, along with Samsung and Google's flagships actually spend more money on gaming than ever before; West Virginia University teams with Apple offering medical records via mobile app; DigiTimes reporting Facebook delaying smart speaker until October, includes tidbit that Apple has cut HomePod orders from 500,000 to 200,000; CNET compares Apple Watch vs Fitbit Versa; Tech.pinions' Ben Bajarin posts follow up to iPhone X study.
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"Apple Confirms $1 Billion Investment in SoftBank Vision Fund: Apple says fund will support 'strategically important' technologies" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 1:46 PM
"Apple invests $1 billion in massive tech fund: Apple's latest tech investment may come with the added bonus of getting in Donald Trump's good graces." ["Apple confirmed on Tuesday that it is investing $1 billion in a massive new technology fund from Japan's SoftBank Group, which has recently drawn the attention of the president-elect."] CNNMoney 1:44 PM
"What Apple's Acquisitions in 2016 Tell Us about 2017 and Beyond" Tech.pinions 7:12 AM
"Why Apple Could Lead Some Blockbuster Media Deals in 2017: Thanks to President-elect Trump's promise of corporate tax cuts, Spotify, MGM, T-Mobile, Pandora and Epix could all be on the acquisition block." TheStreet 10:39 AM
"What Apple got right but Amazon is getting wrong" CNBC 10:29 AM
"Apple to reveal fiscal Q1 2017 results on Jan. 31" AppleInsider 4:56 PM
"Apple yanks New York Times app from China App Store at government's behest" AppleInsider 7:52 PM
"Malwarebytes warns of denial-of-service attacks on Macs, but blocked by latest Sierra update" 9to5Mac 11:03 AM
"How to Delete Large Apps from Mac to Free Up Storage" OS X Daily 1:46 PM
"Apple's iCloud Keychain: The smart person's guide/This is a comprehensive guide to iCloud Keychain, Apple's cloud-based version of its iOS and macOS password, private key, and certificate management software." TechRepublic 10:11 AM
"Ask the iTunes Guy: iTunes libraries on the new MacBook Pro, orderly audiobook playback" Macworld 7:41 AM
"Using a Synology NAS with Final Cut Pro X" fcp.co 7:17 AM
"Adding Colors to Mac Folders: Q. How do you change the folder colors on a Mac? I can never find the folder I want on my desktop with all of them blue." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 11:02 AM
"How to View the Apple TV's Aerial Screen Saver On Your Mac" The Mac Observer 7:11 AM
"Apple, the 'king of repatriation'" CNBC Videos 8:23 AM
"Stock market ends near records, powered by auto sales: FOMC minutes telegraph faster pace of rate hikes" MarketWatch 4:00 PM
"Stocks Close Higher Even as Fed Ponders Accelerated Pace of Rate Hikes: Stocks close around session highs on Wednesday with investors unperturbed by the possibility of a faster pace of interest rate increases." TheStreet 4:00 PM
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