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Weekend Highlights:Late Thursday, Apple took new tack against Qualcomm seeking invalidation of four patents; fresh ruling from US Supreme Court backs Apple's iPhone privacy stance requiring warrants to access cellphone data—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; Dan Moren expresses frustration over slow Mac updates, delcaring "long product cycles are ... now normal for the Mac"; Ben Lovejoy thinks he has a solution to the MacBook Pro dilemma that would keep all parties happy; ZDNet takes FileMaker 17 for a spin; Simon Royal argues life's "too short to argue over operating systems" says end result is that you're happy with your choice; Gregg Keizer delves into new privacy features in Mojave; Japan now seeing Apple mapping vehicles on the roads; man in Toronto, CA sues Apple over Apple Watch scratches; The Drum interviews Susan Bennett, Siri's original voice; interesting interview with Andy Hertzfeld; BGR claims exclusive first look at 6.1" LCD iPhone; commentary from Channel NewsAsia poses question whether "Xiaomi is twice as good as Apple".
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"Report: Foxconn weighs $7 billion US factory with Apple" San Jose Mercury News [Free Registration Required] 4:08 PM
"Foxconn Considering $7 Billion U.S. Investment For Flat Panel Display Production: Apple supplier Foxconn is considering a $7 billion investment that would establish a U.S.-based LCD display manufacturing hub that could create as many as 50,000 new jobs." TheStreet 4:44 PM
"Head to head: Apple's Time Machine versus three local backup utilities for macOS" AppleInsider 9:58 AM
"No internet connection? Be prepared for iTunes to drive you crazy: iTunes should be smart enough to know when an internet connection isn't necessary. But it isn't." Macworld 1/20
"Secrets for Mac and Secrets Touch review: A simple, no-frills password manager for Mac and iOS/Secrets allows users to easily and securely store passwords, credit card numbers, bank details, and other confidential information with OpenPGP and AES encryption." Macworld 1/20
"How to enable two-factor authentication for your Apple ID" TechRepublic 1/20
"Microsoft to cut 700 employees in next layoff round: Report" ZDNet 1/21
"Microsoft reportedly laying off more employees" Neowin 1/21
"Let's Chat: Is Windows 7 Really Outdated? Microsoft itself claims Windows 7 security is 'outdated'" Softpedia 1/21
"Microsoft launches 'Azure Analysis Services': Microsoft on Friday announced the public preview of 'Azure Analysis Services', a latest addition to company's Cloud platform to simplify data analysis." The Economic Times 1/21
"Microsoft brings native ebook store into Windows 10 Creators Update" Windows Report 1/21
"Microsoft Surface Studio And Surface Pro 4 Get A New Firmware Update: Why Is It Important?" Auto World News 1/21
"Microsoft releases Technical Preview of 1701 update for System Center Configuration Manager" Neowin 1/21
"Dow ends 5-session skid to begin the Trump presidential era: Bristol-Myers tumbles, won't seek accelerated approval for a lung cancer treatment" MarketWatch 1/20
"Wall Street Ushers in the Trump Era With Gains: The beginning of a new presidency boosted U.S. markets on Friday but stocks moved off highs shortly after Donald Trump was sworn into office." TheStreet 1/20
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