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Monday Highlights: Lawsuits, legal issues abound today, jurists deliberate Apple vs. Samsung award; Ben Lovejoy thinks Apple will, and should, lose the patent trial vs. Samsung; Powerbeats headphone lawsuit vs Apple given go ahead by judge; Cupertino looking to "squeeze extra taxes out of Apple"; Apple removing CallKit apps from China App Store; meanwhile, in the UK, Google faces possible $4.3 billion lawsuit over iPhone privacy; Apple drops a spot in Fortune 500, from 3 to 4; TeenSafe app compromised, thousands of Apple IDs exposed; former Siri speech scientist at Apple now working for Microsoft; and "Don't be evil" no longer part of Google's code of conduct; Apple Gazette opines on MacBook Pro keyboard lawsuit.

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  • "Why the new Mac Pro might never come: 'You will see us do more in the pro area,' said Tim Cook, but that's open to interpretation."  Macworld 7:18 AM
  • "Apple wants to make it harder to repair your already-hard to repair iPhone"  The Next Web 7:28 AM
  • "Apple's Swift soars into Tiobe's top 10 programming languages: However, Swift's Apple-centric focus could prevent the language from climbing much higher" InfoWorld 7:33 AM
  • "Swift makes it into top 10 most popular programming languages; 'expected not to rise further'" 9to5Mac 7:55 AM
  • "Apple's Swift Breaks into Top Ten List of Most Popular Programming Languages" MacTrast 7:54 AM
  • "1Password raises top bug bounty reward to $100,000" BetaNews 9:27 AM
  • "Apple Motion's Custom Behavior — The Diamond in the Rough" 7:44 AM
  • "Ask the iTunes Guy: Your audiobook questions/In this edition, Kirk McElhearn address your questions about audiobooks and iTunes." Macworld 7:12 AM
  • "How To Take Screenshots Using the Mac Keyboard" MacTrast 7:54 AM
  • "Drawing Shapes in Preview" MacMost 11:09 AM
  • "Your Mac's Storage Almost Full? 3 Ways to Free up Disk Space on Your Mac" iPhone Hacks 6:47 AM
  • "CleanMyMac 3: a threequel that's better than the original and its sequel" Apple World Today 7:18 AM
  • "Using the Escape Key on Touch Bar MacBook Pro" OS X Daily 2:31 PM
  • "A First Aid Kit For A Sick Mac" Mac 360 7:38 AM
Press Releases
  • "New Steam Client Update Adds Steam Controller Configuration Links, Many Changes: Better offline controller support is now offered" Softpedia 10:11 PM
  • "Puzzle Game 'The Witness' Launches on Mac App Store, iOS Version Still Coming Soon" MacRumors 9:27 AM
  • "Chrome 57 Patches 35 Vulnerabilities" SecurityWeek 8:19 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Google's CEO and Apple's CEO were spotted together at a restaurant" Business Insider 1:25 PM
  • "Tim Cook spotted dining with Google CEO" Cult of Mac 1:25 PM
  • "Apple Tops 'Tech Support Showdown' List for Third Consecutive Year" MacRumors 8:05 AM
  • "Apple retains top spot on Laptop's tech support rankings for third year straight" AppleInsider 11:22 AM
  • "Ireland's biggest banks keep mum about Apple Pay launch" SiliconRepublic 7:32 AM
  • "Apple wants to promote health apps that work" Computerworld 9:21 AM
  • "Sheriff reports another attempted theft at Deer Park Apple Store" Lake County News-Sun [Free Registration Required] 2:55 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple reconsiders the Newton?" Cult of Mac 8:21 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "MCX sells one-time Apple Pay challenger CurrentC to JPMorgan Chase" AppleInsider 10:10 PM
  • "Google insists Hangouts for consumers isn't going away" Engadget 3:19 PM
  • "Preinstalled malware targets Android users of two companies" Ars Technica 3:12 PM
  • "These Failed Apps Discovered a Hidden Rule of the Web: Anonymous apps like Secret and Yik Yak set out to make social media more authentic. Here's why that failed." Backchannel 10:05 AM
  • "Japan's national security could block Apple suppliers Foxconn & TSMC from Toshiba memory stake" AppleInsider 9:27 AM
  • "Facebook dips its gigantic toe into U.S. sports scene" Mashable 9:27 AM
  • "ARM says 'Brain Cells' in Chips Will Surpass Neurons in Humans by 2018" Architosh 7:46 AM
  • "There's a 'hardware issue' in Google's iPhone-killer Pixel phone causing faulty microphones" Business Insider 7:12 AM
  • "Technology behind 'all serious crime'" BBC 7:08 AM
  • "Road to Macstock – Guy Serle on Podcasting and the MyMac Game Show" MacVoices 3:08 PM
  • "Understanding Retina and HiDPI Resolutions for Mere Mortals-TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-10" The Mac Observer 12:53 PM
  • "The Engadget Podcast Ep 31: Look Inside America" Engadget 11:23 AM
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 110 | iPhone 'Edition' naming theories, iOS app caching considerations and more" 9to5Mac 9:27 AM
  • "Hackers turn our gadgets against us plus our favorite supercharged routers on The CultCastCult of Mac 8:21 AM
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8' & delays, health care & HealthKit, headphones, and the CIA" AppleInsider 7:28 AM
  • "Podcast: John Markoff of the NYT on covering Apple" Apple 3.0 7:16 AM
  • "Remaster, Episode 30: Nintendo Switch Review" MacStories 7:16 AM
  • "Final Cut Pro Radio Episode 35" ["In this episode we talk wth Marty Jenoff. Marty is both an editor and photographer at a Baltimore TV station. He uses both FCP and Premiere for his jobs. We talk about what he does at the TV station and why he prefers Final Cut Pro X, a few FCPX tips, his workflow as well as a bit about expensive coffee, helicopters and Premiere."] FCPRadio 7:13 AM
  • "Here's why you must back up your iPhone and iPad before upgrading to iOS 10.3: iOS 10.3 is expected to land before March is out, and it's vital that you have an effective backup mechanism in place for your iPhone before you upgrade." ZDNet 7:32 AM
  • "The next iOS will deeply change the iPhone, and you won't even notice" Mashable 11:22 AM
  • "You can now try out the hidden 'floating' iPad keyboard in iOS 10.3 within Swift Playgrounds" 9to5Mac 7:13 AM
  • "Your iPhone's battery may soon last as long as a Nokia 3310" ShortList 11:46 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:53 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:53 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:53 AM

  • "How to use the Nintendo Switch's Joy-Cons with your Mac – and why you'd want to: The little controllers easily pair with Mac for games, but they have limits." Macworld 7:17 AM
  • "Battle of the waterproof cases! LifeProof Fre vs. LifeProof Nuud – Waterproof iPhone 7 Case Comparison" Mobile Reviews Eh 11:23 AM
  • "Even your cat can't destroy this chew-proof Lightning cable [Reviews] Cult of Mac 12:08 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "This $6 podcast app is way better than Apple's -- take a look" Business Insider 10:10 PM
  • "iOS podcast apps review roundup: Castro 2.3, Overcast 3, and Pocket Casts 6.5" Macworld 8:19 AM
  • "Pocket Casts 6.5 review: iOS podcast app emphasizes graphics and simplicity" Macworld 7:44 AM
  • "Food Genie Review: The Perfect Restaurant Selection Tool" MacStories 2:58 PM
  • "Djinn Caster Review: Wonderful storytelling wrapped in an action RPG" iMore 11:22 AM
  • "'MonstroCity: Rampage!' Review - Nigel Thornberry Levels of Smashing" Touch Arcade 12:14 PM
  • "How to get Siri to read articles and other text on iOS and macOS" 9to5Mac 9:59 PM
  • "Here's the best way to clean your computer or laptop without damaging it" [Video] Business Insider 2:31 PM
  • "How to Force Close an App on Apple Watch Running watchOS" WCCFTech 7:31 AM
  • "Using the TV App for iOS" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:44 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone fight against non-Apple repair spotlighted where it counts: Teen Vogue" SiliconBeat 10:10 PM
  • "The iPhone 8 is going to have the best graphics we've ever seen in a smartphone" BGR 10:03 PM
  • "Why Alexa and Siri would make terrible companions" The Next Web 2:57 PM
  • "Feature Request: Apple should bring these features from iBooks to every Now Playing screen on iOS" 9to5Mac 1:28 PM
  • "Ford, not Apple, has a better chance with autonomous cars...." Apple Must 11:10 AM
  • "Cassandra: Friday Review -Where are the new Macs; Touch Bar Oddities; Falling Foul of Copyright; IoT and AI" eXtensions 9:00 AM
  • "Translating iPhone Techno-Babble" TeraTalks 8:19 AM
  • "Wikileaks, And The iPhone Solution" NoodleMac 8:06 AM
  • "Google: Another Reason To Buy Apple" Mac360 8:00 AM
  • "iPhone 8 does NOT exist, new Apple leak claims" Express UK 7:34 AM
  • "This could be our best look yet at what to expect from the iPhone 8 [Gallery] 9to5Mac 7:13 AM
  • "Should Our AI Agents Be Always With Us? Or Sit On a Table? Siri?" The Mac Observer 8:13 PM
  • "Capital One Launched A Natural Language Chatbot Named Eno" The Mac Observer 5:30 PM
  • "Ten Things in Tech that Should be Easier" Tech.pinions 7:18 AM
  • "The CIA, WikiLeaks and Spy Versus Spy" I, Cringely 7:15 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "JPMorgan Chase buying up MCX technology after Apple Pay competitor CurrentC failed to launch" 9to5Mac 3:29 PM
  • "Pre-fab builder WeberHaus to offer Apple HomeKit-equipped smart homes, first for EU" 9to5Mac 11:22 AM
  • "This iPhone 7 case is cheap, ugly, and an absolute boss!" phoneArena 7:33 AM
  • "iPhone 7 Plus finally gets a rugged ZeroLemon Slim Juicer case" SlashGear 7:31 AM
  • "Upcoming tweak will bring new features to your AirPods" iDownload Blog 7:27 AM
  • "Cortana 2.0 Brings New UX to iPhone" Thurrott 7:26 AM
  • "Microsoft updates Cortana for iOS with a fresh look: The virtual assistant's app gets a redesign to match its Android counterpart" Computerworld New Zealand 10:01 PM
  • "Google Chrome for iOS to get Safari-like Reading List feature" Cult of Mac 7:18 AM
Computer Industry
  • "The End Of Wintel: How The Most Powerful Alliance In Tech History Is Falling Apart" Forbes 11:40 AM
  • "Could Bill Gates' plan to tax robots really lead to a brighter future for all?" The Coversation 9:07 AM
  • "What's Microsoft after with Windows Server on ARM?" Computerworld 12:31 PM
  • "Microsoft Surface has a new rival, but it's not who you think it is" Express UK 9:05 AM
  • "How Microsoft Is Watching Its Bill" [Paid Membership Required] 9:00 AM
  • "Qualcomm Collaborates with Microsoft to Accelerate Cloud Services" The Fast Mode 8:21 AM
  • "Pennsylvania Takes on IBM for Failing to Deliver Processing System" NBC TV 10 8:08 AM
  • "Pennsylvania sues IBM over jobless claims system upgrade: Lawsuit alleges the company failed to deliver on a contract to replace its system for processing unemployment claims, costing the state $170 million." CNET 1:28 PM
  • "IBM inches toward human-like accuracy for speech recognition: The company has reached a 5.5 percent word error rate that's nearly on par with humans." Engadget 10:00 PM
  • "Dell to release S2318NX, S2418NX and S2718NX IPS Displays with HDR" Guru3D 8:02 AM
  • "Xiaomi And Intel Unveil 'Smart Sportswear' Shoes" Click Online 8:01 AM
  • "Intel Talks About VR And The Future Of Esports" Vrfocus 8:00 AM
  • "Teclast X5 Pro's Low Price Point Makes it an Absolute Steal for a Core M3 Tablet PC" VR-Zone 7:59 AM
  • "Post CIA leak, Intel Security releases EFI rootkit detection tool" Tech Central 7:59 AM
  • "AMD's successor to Ryzen CPUs could launch in early 2018" TechRadar UK 7:56 AM
  • "4K gaming tested: AMD Ryzen and GeForce GTX 1080 Ti for less than Intel's cheapest 8-core chip" PCWorld 7:56 AM
  • "How to use Ryzen Master, AMD's powerful new CPU overclocking tool" PCWorld 7:56 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen Gets Delidded - And It Is a Tricky Thing to Do" Guru3D 7:56 AM
  • "Microsoft Windows Bug Is Holding Back AMD Ryzen" Guru3D 7:55 AM
  • "What's Next For AMD?" Forbes 7:55 AM
  • "AMD Previews Next Gen Opteron," VR World 7:54 AM
  • "Cisco and Apache issue Zero-Day flaw warnings" Tech Central 7:48 AM
  • "Cisco: First-gen internet is 'not fit for purpose' for IoT" ZDNet 10:08 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Short Interest Jumps by Over 3 Million Shares" 24/7 Wall St. 8:21 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market ends higher after solid jobs report but snaps weekly win streak: Oil logged 9% weekly decline" MarketWatch 4:09 PM
  • "Wall Street Rises After Strong Jobs Report Signals March Rate Hike: A solid February jobs report reaffirms confidence in the economic recovery, sending U.S. stocks higher on Friday." TheStreet 4:09 PM
  • "Wall St Ends Up; Jobs Data Points to Economic Strength" Reuters 4:09 PM
  • "Stocks Rise Following February Jobs Report: S&P 500 notches first weekly decline since January" [Paid Membership Required] 4:09 PM
  • "Nikkei leaps amid global bond selloff: Japan financial stocks rose Friday, boosted by a global bond selloff after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi hinted the central bank was unlikely to introduce fresh stimulus measures." MarketWatch 7:18 AM
  • "European stocks trim gains into the close after report ECB discussed rate hike: European stocks pared gains in afternoon trade on Friday, closing only slightly higher after a report the European Central Bank has discussed whether it could raise interest rates before ending its program of monthly asset purchases." MarketWatch 11:46 AM

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