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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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  • "Apple found guilty of Russian price-fixing" ["The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (Fas) said that Apple's local subsidiary told 16 retailers to maintain the recommended prices of phones in the iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 families."]  BBC 7:26 AM
  • "Apple accused of counter-revolutionary pricing in Russia" The Register 7:25 AM
  • "The Curious State of Apple Product Pricing"  Above Avalon 1:52 PM
  • "Banking cartel calls Apple Pay alternatives 'unrealistic' in Australian market: The banks have shunned non-iPhone payment alternatives such as Android Pay as they fight for rights to Apple's NFC technology."  ZDNet 6:22 AM
  • "Apple: It's No Longer About the iPhone/Apple's services revenue is growing at an impressive clip: offerings like Apple Care, the App Store, and iCloud could add up to a $50 billion business by 2020, one analyst notes." Barron's 12:50 PM
  • "Apple plans murder for planet of the apps: Apple has spent years creating a 64-bit iOS ecosystem, news it is preparing to kill thousands of legacy 32-bit apps means the stage seems set to find out why..."  Computerworld 6:59 AM
  • "Chrome 57 Reduces Desktop Power Consumption By Throttling Background Tabs" MacRumors 6:57 AM
  • "Google is improving Chrome battery life by throttling background tabs" The Verge 6:56 AM
  • "Microsoft quietly brings Touch Bar support to Skype for Mac" Neowin 7:34 AM
  • "iFlicks 2.4 review: A valuable tool for adding valuable metadata to digital video files" Macworld 8:17 AM
  • "How to Securely Erase Data from Your Mac and External Drives" Intego 2:50 PM
  • "fman: The Extendable File Manager for Any System" Envato Tuts+ 6:57 AM
  • "How to opt out of sharing iCloud analytics on Mac" iMore 7:29 AM
  • "8 Mac Keyboard Shortcuts You Need To Know" Apple Must 8:33 AM
  • "Back up Windows Boot Camp partition the easy way with Winclone" Cult of Mac 2:25 PM
  • "Quick Tip: Adding Preview filters in macOS Sierra" Six Colors 11:05 AM
  • "Run a Screensaver as Your Desktop Background" MacMost 10:41 AM
  • "More Free Weather For Mac Users" Mac 360 7:46 AM
  • "Which Is Better to Secure Email, Apple Mail or GPG Suite?" The Mac Observer 5:34 PM
  • "Mac Backups For The Rest Of Us" TeraTalks 7:46 AM
Press Releases
  • "Fluid Dynamics for Maya—Chaos Group Releases New Phoenix FD 3 Plugin" Architosh 12:19 PM
  • "Spark for Mac Adds Folder Management, Label Support, and Smart Filters" Lifehacker 8:17 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "iPhone market share grew in all but three countries, iPhone 7 remains top seller – Kantar" 9to5Mac 7:00 AM
  • "iOS Grew to Capture 42% of U.S. Smartphone Market Over Holidays" MacRumors 7:49 AM
  • "Apple's Airpods Are The First Mass Market 'Hearable'" Benzinga 2:01 PM
  • "Apple's new iPhone stickers ad is filled with pop culture references" Business Insider 7:13 AM
  • "Apple Maps updated with proper Apple Park details and satellite imagery [Gallery] 9to5Mac 9:32 PM
  • "Apple really wants you to replace your laptop with an iPad Pro: New models likely released in 2017" Quartz 6:59 AM
  • "Apple invites customers to three global store grand openings on March 25th" 9to5Mac 4:14 PM
  • "Apple is opening new stores in Downtown Miami, Cologne and Nanjing" TechCrunch 7:01 AM
  • "Apple Opening Three New Stores Next Saturday, Including First in Downtown Miami" MacRumors 11:52 AM
  • "Apple's Brickell City Centre store in downtown Miami to open on March 25" AppleInsider 11:52 AM
  • "Apple Music threw an awkward rap party at SXSW, and we were there for the weirdness" Mashable 12:31 PM
  • "iPhone owners ask for prostitutes, Siri sends them to the wrong place" The Next Web 11:52 AM
  • "Bridgewater makes ex-Apple man co-chief" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 3:03 PM
  • "The Conservation Fund outlines effects of its partnership w/ Apple to protect 36k acres of forest" 9to5Mac 9:22 PM
  • "Apple's U.S. forestry programs generated more than 13,000 metric tons of wood in 2016, created jobs" AppleInsider 9:23 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: iTunes tops 50 million songs downloaded" Cult of Mac 8:18 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "GoPro eliminates almost 300 jobs in third round of cuts since 2016: The company's trying to return to profitability by thinning the workforce" The Verge 5:32 PM
  • "DeepMind adds memory to its AI system to tackle multiple Atari games: A new algorithm may hold the key to better AI" The Verge 2:38 PM
  • "Yahoo's Mayer 'grateful' to FBI, DOJ for nabbing hackers: The indictments might let the beleaguered CEO breathe a small sigh of relief." CNET 1:52 PM
  • "Robot kills worker on assembly line, raising concerns about human-robot collaboration: A federal lawsuit alleges that a robot surpassed safety regulations, entering an unauthorized area and killing a human worker." TechRepublic 12:50 PM
  • "DoJ accuses two Russian spies and two criminals of 2014 Yahoo hack" TechCrunch 12:11 PM
  • "Yahoo: U.S. indictment of 4 Russians proves hack was state-sponsored" VentureBeat 12:05 PM
  • "Unsurprisingly, Russian spies are probably behind massive Yahoo! hack" Mashable 10:34 AM
  • "Yup, the pen trumps keyboards when it comes to learning" Mashable 7:27 AM
  • "Your phone has already fixed chat fragmentation" The Verge 7:17 AM
  • "Exploding headphones reignite concerns about batteries on planes" CNET 7:01 AM
  • "TwitterCounter compromised; posting and changing user's twitter accounts" idobi 6:26 AM
  • "Twitter accounts hacked to push #NaziHollanda message" Engadget 6:25 AM
  • "Massive Twitter hijack spreads swastikas and pro-Erdoğan propaganda: Affected accounts spread #NaziGermany and #NaziHolland hashtags amid heightened tensions between Turkey and Europe" The Verge 6:24 AM
  • "Android Insecurity, Messaging Anachronisms, and Legacy Apple Auctions -ACM 402" The Mac Observer 4:08 PM
  • "Clockwise #180: Stargate Problem" Six Colors 1:51 PM
  • "Apple Big Security Hire, Twitter and Two-factor Authentication -TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-15" The Mac Observer 12:45 PM
  • "This Is Apple's Mysterious 'iPhone Calibration Machine'"  Motherboard 7:11 AM
  • "Apple May Announce 9.7-Inch 'iPad Pro 2' as Early as Next Week" MacRumors 10:23 AM
  • "New 9.7-inch iPad Pro 2 reported to be minor upgrade over current model, feature A10X chip" 9to5Mac 11:06 AM
  • "Pegatron confirms it can build the iPhone in the US, assuming Apple picks up all the costs" AppleInsider 8:18 AM
  • "Samsung planning to win back iPhone & iPad chip orders, but faces uphill task" 9to5Mac 8:18 AM
  • "Samsung could rejoin Apple's iPhone processor supply with 2018 'A12" chips" AppleInsider 10:19 AM
  • "Premium iPhone 8 will come with curved OLED screens: source/Sleek display will offer clearer pictures but little else" Nikkei 9:33 AM
  • "5.8-Inch iPhone Said to Have Curved Display, But Not as Curved as Galaxy S7 Edge" MacRumors 9:33 AM
  • "Speculation suggests Apple could debut new 9.7-inch iPad next week" AppleInsider 9:33 AM
  • "'iPad mini Pro' is reportedly one of the four new iPad Pros launching soon" BGR 7:14 AM
  • "A look inside the first Apple HomeKit homes in San Jose [Video] 9to5Mac 9:33 AM
  • "LG's UltraFine 5K Display Shielding Fix Successfully Addresses Wi-Fi Interference Issues" MacRumors 4:13 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:01 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:01 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:01 AM

  • "Motorola's new wireless earbuds are cheaper, but they're still not worth your money" The Verge 12:50 PM
  • "Libratone Q Adapt In-Ear headphone review: Good sound, but minor problems abound" TechHive 6:57 AM
  • "The second gen Gamevice really enhances game playing on iOS devices" Apple World Today 6:58 AM
  • "The Best Rechargeable AA and AAA Batteries" The Wirecutter 8:46 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Backing up a locked iPhone or iPad with a dead screen" Ivan Expert 8:08 PM
  • "How to See All Unread Emails in iOS Mail the Easy Way" OS X Daily 2:50 PM
  • "How to fix a persistent iCloud approval request on your iPhone: What to do when Apple keeps pestering you with a request for a security approval and there doesn't seem to be a way to grant it or deny it." Macworld 7:09 AM
  • "PSA: Here's how to secure your Twitter account against hijacks like today's Nazi one" 9to5Mac 7:14 AM
  • "Tips and tricks for using Apple's Powerbeats3 headphones" AppleInsider 5:39 PM
  • "Just What Was in That iOS System Update?" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:54 AM
  • "How to Enable Two-factor Authentication for Your Twitter Account" The Mac Observer 9:39 AM
  • "A Simple Solution To Stop The Spies Lurking In Your Mac, iPhone, iPad" BohemianBoomer 8:14 AM
  • "What's Apple's next chapter in podcasting?" Six Colors 9:22 PM
  • "This cool iOS 11 concept would bring more power to your iPhone's Lock screen" iDownload Blog 1:53 PM
  • "Comment: Apple Watch Series 3 could solve these problems with a cellular option" 9to5Mac 1:51 PM
  • "Mac And iOS Device Quality Keeps Us Coming Back – The 'Book Mystique" MacPrices 1:39 PM
  • "8 Apple India Headlines: All About iPhone Affordability" Barron's 1:03 PM
  • "Opinion: HP has out-'Mac mini'd' the Mac mini with the HP Elite Slice Desktop"  Apple World Today 12:26 PM
  • "The Next Generation Of iPhone Will Support Augmented Reality - Is Retail Ready?" Forbes 8:40 AM
  • "Apple As Nanny Cam Purveyor And The Company's Role In The Nanny State" NoodleMac 8:29 AM
  • "I'm Jack And I'm An Apple Beta Tester" Mac360 8:29 AM
  • "The One True Apple Killer Is Already Here" Mac360 8:13 AM
  • "This iPhone concept presents a compelling use for a borderless screen" The Verge 7:17 AM
  • "6 apps Apple really needs to make for Android: If Apple is ever planning to bring any more apps to the Play Store, I hope it's one of these." Greenbot 7:11 AM
  • "Why Apple is unlikely to ditch Touch ID for facial recognition with 'iPhone 8'" AppleInsider 6:58 AM
  • "America may miss out on the next industrial revolution: Preparing for automation means investing in robotics" The Verge 8:18 PM
  • "User Manuals Are Mostly Gone—Which Is Both Good and Bad: Google happened, and something important was lost" Scientific American 12:10 PM
  • "Is Antitrust The Right Framework For Net Neutrality?" Forbes 7:29 AM
  • "How the Internet Is Saving Culture, Not Killing It"  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:23 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Polar H10 Bluetooth Heart Rate Sensor offers enhanced accuracy, iPhone connectivity" AppleInsider 2:25 PM
  • "Penny takes on Mint with a bot to manage your money" VentureBeat 2:24 PM
  • "McDonald's says new mobile ordering app will be location-aware, offers new details on rollout" 9to5Mac 1:52 PM
  • "These cheap iPhone lenses rival the pricey ones" Cult of Mac 12:51 PM
  • "'Titan Brawl' Getting Clan Boss Raids Tomorrow" Touch Arcade 12:50 PM
  • "Google adds a read-it-later feature to Chrome for iOS: Just like Safari on iOS, Chrome has a read-it-later feature to bookmark interesting articles for your leisure time." Macworld 11:37 AM
  • "Fantag Taps Former Apple Exec to Help Transform the Sports Video Market" PRNewswire 7:50 AM
  • "Flow raises $13 million to optimize online global sales" VentureBeat 7:17 AM
  • "Follow - New App Keeps Drivers From Losing Each Other During Trips" prMac 7:11 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Intel bets on selling Mobileye data, with maps a first test" Reuters 6:23 AM
  • "Intel-Mobileye merger to boost BMW's self-driving car plans: The deal gives Intel the potential to develop an autonomous driving product that incorporates cloud computing" IDG News Service 2:25 PM
  • "Intel Buys Mobileye For $15.3 Billion: Israel ETF In Focus" Zacks 8:44 AM
  • "Deal for Mobileye Puts Intel's Spotty Record of Acquisitions on the Line: Chip maker has limited experience successfully integrating big purchases" [Paid Membership Required] 11:51 AM
  • "Intel Buys Israeli Driverless Car Company for $15 Billion" CBN News 8:44 AM
  • "Intel: Fitch Gives Lackluster Thumbs Up to Mobileye Deal" Barron's 11:51 AM
  • "Israel eyes tax cuts as Intel-Mobileye deal to boost coffers by US$1bil" The Star: Malaysia 8:44 AM
  • "Intel Corporation's Plan to Buy Mobileye Fires Up Auto Stocks" InvestorPlace 8:44 AM
  • "Why Intel Corporation Is Betting On Driverless Technology" Insider Monkey 1:52 PM
  • "Intel, TAG Heuer unveil Fuse Style smartwatch" Telecompaper 8:45 AM
  • "AMD's Ryzen 5 threatens Intel's grip on the mainstream PC market" ZDNet 9:18 PM
  • "AMD Ryzen System Tweaking Tips For Optimal Gaming, Overclocking And Performance" HotHardware 5:38 PM
  • "Microsoft fixes record number of flaws, some publicly known: The company's March security updates include the fixes skipped in February" IDG News Service 2:25 PM
  • "Microsoft addressed nine critical security issues with this month's Patch Tuesday" Neowin 7:35 AM
  • "Microsoft's March Patch Tuesday fixes nine critical security vulnerabilities" V3 11:06 AM
  • "Microsoft's Slack-slapping 'Teams' slips into Office 365" The Register 7:34 AM
  • "Microsoft delivers enterprise chat through Office 365 and Teams" ComputerWeekly 7:35 AM
  • "Microsoft is finally killing off the most hated version of Windows" ThaiVisa News 7:35 AM
  • "Microsoft offers insights on the future of Windows 10 updates and reboots" GeekWire 5:53 PM
  • "IBM could have made almost all the voluntary redundancies it needed" The Register 7:26 AM
  • "Smart Dubai selects IBM, Consensys for city-wide blockchain implementation" EconoTimes 8:42 AM
  • "IBM Watson works with Webgains to use AI for 'more intelligent' advertising" Mobile Marketing 8:42 AM
  • "Lenovo gets into server-based storage virtualisation with DataCore" The Register 7:25 AM
  • "Walter Isaacson Is Getting Into Podcasting With a Series for Dell About Technology" AdWeek 8:40 AM
  • "Oracle's Cloud Business Drives Revenue Growth: Tech firm reports a quarterly profit of $2.24 billion, rising from a year earlier" [Paid Membership Required] 4:13 PM
  • "Oracle reports better-than-expected profit, revenue" Reuters 4:13 PM
  • "Oracle beats Q3 earnings expectations" ZDNet 4:06 PM
  • "Oracle tops Street 3Q forecasts: Oracle posts 3Q profit, results beat Street expectations" Associated Press 4:13 PM
  • "Oracle Stock Climbing on Earnings Beat: Oracle reported better than expected earnings." TheStreet 4:13 PM
  • "Oracle's Profits Rise On Continued 'Hyper-Growth' In The Cloud" Forbes 4:13 PM
  • "Oracle Earnings: What to Watch/Cloud sales and the impact of its NetSuite purchase in focus" [Paid Membership Required] 7:20 AM
  • "Larry Ellison talks smack about AWS again, claims Oracle cloud is faster and cheaper" VentureBeat 4:12 PM
  • "Can Oracle Keep Up Its Cloud Revenue Growth In The Third Quarter?" Benzinga 1:52 PM
  • "Cisco, IBM speed digital and cloud transformation" IT-Online 8:42 AM
  • "What if Quantum Computers Used Hard Drives Made of DNA?" Wired 7:27 AM
  • "Warning over critical SAP vulnerability affecting millions of client PCs worldwide" V3 11:06 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Yet another analyst raises AAPL target price, this time based on expected Services growth" 9to5Mac 9:05 PM
  • "If Apple Is Serious About The Car, It Should Buy GM (And A Health Insurance Company Too)" Seeking Alpha 5:34 PM
  • "Why Apple May Have to Turn to M&A to Hit Its $48 Billion Services Target by 2020: The tech giant got a price target boost from RBC Capital this morning." TheStreet 2:01 PM
  • "RBC: Buy Apple, 11% upside from here" CNBC Videos 1:52 PM
  • "Apple's stock target boosted at RBC on bullish view of services business" MarketWatch 7:41 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market rallies to the close as Fed hikes interest rates: MSCI shares rise after company denies reports of potential bid from S&P Global" MarketWatch 4:07 PM
  • "Wall Street Moves Within Range of Records After Fed Makes Expected Move on Rates: Stocks closed in on records set on March 1 after a rate hike from the Federal Reserve reaffirms faith in the strength of the U.S. economy." TheStreet 4:07 PM
  • "Market focus shifts to pace of Fed rate hikes" USA Today 4:07 PM
  • "Wall Street Higher as Fed Raises Rates" Reuters 4:07 PM
  • "Stocks Gain as Fed Moves Into New Policy Phase: Fed officials indicate they expect to raise short-term interest rates two more times this year" [Paid Membership Required] 4:07 PM
  • "European stocks advance ahead of Dutch election, Fed meeting results: German police raid Audi offices" MarketWatch 8:46 AM

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