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Weekend Highlights:Who really wins with Apple's cash repatriation? Shareholders.; eleven years running, Fortune crowns Apple the world's most admired company; Dan Moren opines on the axiom that "Apple knows best" as if a benevolent dictator; Europe, South Korea add to lawsuits over iPhone throttling; and the slowdown controversy could provide push needed to pass Right to Repair bills; Apple announces addition of 70 universities and colleges in Europe to Everyone Can Code program; Samsung plans to avoid notch by simply cutting holes in full screen display; KGI's latest report posits larger iPhones in 2018, offsetting weaker iPhone X demand in China—more in our Hardware/Software section; Jason Snell reviews iMac Pro; Ray Wong at Mashable thinks Apple's plan for battery updates is a bad idea.
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"CorelCAD 2018 Arrives for Mac and Windows—iOS Version Coming Soon" Architosh 12:20 PM
"Easily Track Employee Leave With Virtual TimeClock 18: New Virtual TimeClock software release makes it easy to calculate and limit employee leave awards, simplifies common tasks and adds enhanced security." Redcort Software 12/8
"The typing productivity solution 'PhraseExpress' is around even longer on Windows with more than 1,000,000 downloads. We added Mac and iOS versions earlier this year." Phrase Express 12/8
"Apple gets into the holiday spirit w/ Beer Bash concert featuring Gwen Stefani" 9to5Mac 12/9
"Woz Slams The iPhone X, Confirms Google Is Taking Advantage Of Consumers" ["'I think what I would want is Touch ID on the back. I'd want that more than anything. Face ID slows down my Apple Pay, and it fails enough times I have to keep typing the password' 'I have friends who actually turned off Face ID and turned passwords on to make their phone simple to use'. ... Despite his criticism of the iPhone X, Woz claims that Apple's treatment of its customers is different than the other tech giants: 'Of the unicorns, Apple is the one that makes its money off of good products'"] Channelnews Australia 12/8
"Woz says Steve Jobs was like Donald Trump" CNET 12/8
"Apple Supplier Suggests That Face ID Could Come To 2018's iPhones" UberGizmo 9:23 PM
"Apple May Soon Get Another OLED Display Supplier: A recent regulatory filing from a major display manufacturer suggests that Apple could soon get another supplier of OLED mobile displays." The Motley Fool 4:10 PM
"On Jony Ive's return to day-to-day management of HI and ID at Apple: Jony Ive. Apple's Chief Design Officer, is returning to day-to-day management of the Human Interface and Industrial Design teams." iMore 12/9
"Why 2018 Could Be an Especially Lucrative Year for Apple and Its iPhone" Fortune 12/9
"Apple in talks to acquire Shazam—and it's not for reasons you'd think" TechnoBuffalo 12/9
"Apple and Amazon are under fire for Siri and Alexa's responses to sexual harassment" Quartz 12/9
"Negative News Emerges for Apple iPhone X Sales: iPhone X demand might not be as strong as some Apple component suppliers had hoped, says 'DIGITIMES.'" The Motley Fool 12/9
"When You Run The Numbers It Makes Sense For Apple To Buy PayPal" Forbes 12/8
"TechCrunch: Apple Is Acquiring Shazam" MacStories 12/8
"Apple's iPad Marketing Beats a Dead Horse and Confuses Customers" The Mac Observer 12/8
"Jony Ive Returns to Day-to-Day Management of Design Team" Daring Fireball 12/8
"Meet iPhone Xc – The Inexpensive Alternative to iPhone X" iDrop News 12/8
"Apple Will Probably Stick With Its 2-Tier OLED/LCD Display Strategy For Next-Generation iPhones" Seeking Alpha 12/8
"Here's how Apple can improve iPhone battery life" CNBC 12/8
"Feature Request: HomeKit support for hotel rooms using standardized names and Scenes" 9to5Mac 12/8
"Coming December 9: Gene Steinberg meets commentator Kirk McElhearn, and Mac peripheral maker Larry O'Connor of Other World Computing, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 12/9
"Dow, S&P hit record highs on strength of jobs report" FOXBusiness 12/8
"Strong Jobs Report Lifts U.S. Stocks to Weekly Gains: The Dow and S&P 500 rose this week, but the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite posted a decline for the second straight week" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 12/8
"EU, Japan reach free-trade agreement after 4 years of talks: The European Union and Japan said Friday they have finalized a free trade agreement that will cover about 30% of the world's economy, with the deal concluding negotiations that began in 2013." MarketWatch 12/8
"European banks rally, leading stocks to 1-month closing high: European stocks rose Friday, scoring their highest close in a month, after the U.K. and the European Union came to terms on a Brexit divorce deal, opening the way to a key phase of talks." MarketWatch 12/8
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