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Thursday Highlights: Industry experts say Apple's move to buy cobalt directly from miners has a huge non-money motivation, being able "'...to know that children have not been illegally mining where their cobalt is coming from'"; Mark Gurman's sources reveal Apple working on new AirPods with better water resistance, and a new wirelss chip with better Siri integration—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; Loup Ventures' "Annual Apple Pay Review" finds impressive year over year growth with 127 million active Apple Pay users, among the data; Jonny Evans imagines "Apple's wearable vision" with features like a virtual iMac; Austria's first Apple Store opens Saturday; Apple takes you on a tour of how portrait lighting works; Steve Jobs' 1973 job application seen fetching upwards of $50,000 at auction; Macworld shows what Siri can and cannot do on every Apple device.
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"Tim Cook's Apple's mic-drop moment: Why are all the Apple rumors accelerating?" Computerworld 7:20 AM
"Apple Permit Reveals Self-Driving Car Testers With NASA Experience: Company declines to comment on autonomous-driving plans or employees named in document" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 9:39 AM
"Apple Hires NASA AR Guru to Help Run its Own Efforts: Jeff Norris led AR and VR projects at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab" Bloomberg 7:07 PM
"Uber's C.E.O. Plays With Fire: Travis Kalanick, the chief executive of Uber, visited Apple's headquarters in early 2015 to meet with Timothy D. Cook, who runs the iPhone maker. It was a session that Mr. Kalanick was dreading. For months, Mr. Kalanick had pulled a fast one on Apple by directing his employees to help camouflage the ride-hailing app from Apple's engineers. The reason? So Apple would not find out that Uber had been secretly identifying and tagging iPhones even after its app had been deleted and the devices erased — a fraud detection maneuver that violated Apple's privacy guidelines." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 7:18 AM
"Tim Cook Threatened to Remove Uber From the App Store Over iPhone Tagging Tactics" MacRumors 7:17 AM
"Microsoft's Satya Nadella banks on LinkedIn data to challenge Salesforce" The Economic Times 12:10 PM
"Microsoft connects LinkedIn with its business software: The new program, which stitches together Microsoft's Dynamics and LinkedIn's Sales Navigator, is the biggest move yet to make use of the Redmond company's largest-ever acquisition." Seattle Times 2:08 PM
"Microsoft's LinkedIn surpasses 500 million users" BetaNews 12:34 PM
"LinkedIn tops 500M members, as Microsoft starts to take advantage of all that LinkedIn data" GeekWire 12:10 PM
"Microsoft CEO says these 2 qualities help a company succeed" CNBC 12:13 PM
"Does Microsoft have what it takes to take on the Chromebook and the iPad?" ZDNet 12:07 PM
"Microsoft Might Be Developing Its Own Take On The Chromebook, Leaked Doc Suggests" Tech Times 9:20 AM
"Windows 10 release date, features, devices and free upgrade: Leak suggests Microsoft is working on a Chromebook rival" IT PRO 9:18 AM
"Stocks surge, pushing Nasdaq to record, on relief over French vote" USA Today 4:39 PM
"Stocks Jump on Optimism Over French Election" FOXBusiness 4:39 PM
"Markets Leap on French Election Results: Banks rally, Nasdaq closes at new high as stocks rise around the world" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:38 PM
"China misses out on Asian-market rally after French election results: The rally in global finance markets after centrist French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron won the first round of voting there lost steam as Asia-Pacific investors focused more on local factors and moved away from the safety of gold and the yen." MarketWatch 7:28 AM
"French stocks end at 2-year high after vote eases 'Frexit' fears: French stocks finished sharply higher on Monday after centrist Emmanuel Macron's strong showing in the first round of voting in the France's presidential election, neutralizing fears that two anti-European Union candidates would make the final runoff." MarketWatch 11:28 AM
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