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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 execs vying for original movie, TV deals: Senior Apple executives have reached out to some of Hollywood's most successful TV and film producers in the last couple of weeks about going to work for the tech giant, The Post has learned." New York Post 7:19 AM
"Apple Scouts Original Film, TV Deals: There have been reports about Apple looking to launch an original TV programming business." TheStreet 7:20 AM
"What Does Apple Want From Hollywood? Apple is rolling out two original series in the spring, heightening speculation that the maker of the iPhone is preparing to expand its foothold in Hollywood." TheStreet 12:47 PM
"Apple Met Paramount and Sony Executives Last Week as it Flirts With Original Content" MacRumors 10:37 AM
"Apple has 3 execs looking to make big TV deals — and it sounds like a total mess" Business Insider 9:36 AM
"Apple execs looking to recruit TV & movie producers for 'transformative' change - report" AppleInsider 10:53 AM
"Apple Losing Out to Microsoft and Google in U.S. Classrooms" MacRumors 7:04 AM
"Apple forfeits teachers' pet rep as U.S. share sinks: Chromebooks continued to grab K-12 hardware share in 2016" Computerworld 3:57 PM
"Apple Is Losing America's Classrooms to Google and Microsoft" Fortune 5:46 PM
"Apple Sees iPad and Mac Usage in U.S. Classrooms Continue to Slide" MacTrast 9:37 AM
"Stocks inch upward after Yellen remarks point to March rate hike" Associated Press 5:01 PM
"Wall Street Steadies After Yellen Signals Rate Hike This Month" Reuters 5:01 PM
"Stocks Steady as Investors Brace for Next Rate Increase: The S&P 500 notched its sixth consecutive week of gains on growing optimism about the U.S. economy." WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 5:00 PM
"Asian markets dragged down by falling commodity prices: A sharp decline in commodity prices and a selloff in U.S. Treasurys weighed on global sentiment, sending key Asia-Pacific markets lower early Friday." MarketWatch 11:24 AM
"European stocks decline as investors step cautiously ahead of Yellen: European stocks drove lower Friday, with caution setting in as investors waited to hear what Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen may say about a possible interest rate increase." MarketWatch 11:22 AM
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