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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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"Apple's Big Cash Winners: Shareholders/Repatriated overseas money is expected to boost buybacks and dividends, while tax changes help bottom line" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:10 AM
"World's Most Admired Companies" [Apple #1, Amazon #2, Alphabet #3] Fortune 8:07 AM
"Apple tops Fortune's list of the world's most admired companies" Axios 8:15 AM
"Apple knows best (or so it would have you believe)" Macworld 8:05 AM
"Apple Brings on Team From Consultant Silicon Valley Data Science: Apple Inc. hired a team from consulting firm Silicon Valley Data Science, adding experts to help the iPhone maker ramp up efforts to use data to improve its products." Bloomberg 1:57 PM
"Apple and Amazon Have Their Reality TV Moment" Bloomberg 8:38 AM
"South Korean group files complaint against Apple CEO over iPhone slowdown" Reuters 8:21 AM
"Italy's anti-trust opens probe into Apple, Samsung phone complaints" Reuters 8:26 AM
"Apple faces more scrutiny over iPhone slowdowns in South Korea, Italy" SiliconBeat 2:07 PM
"iPhone battery row: Apple target of new probe that also focuses on Samsung/Apple faces yet another investigation by European regulators over iPhone battery slowdowns." ZDNet 9:36 AM
"Leading European technical colleges adopt Apple's Everyone Can Code initiative: Apple today announced 70 colleges and universities in Europe have adopted Everyone Can Code, a comprehensive program designed by Apple to help everyone learn to build mobile apps." Apple 8:06 AM
"Leading European Technical Colleges Adopt Apple's Everyone Can Code Initiative" Business Wire 8:06 AM
"iPhone slowdown controversy might boost 'Right to Repair' bills" Cult of Mac 8:27 AM
"Earnings report: IBM shares fall despite first growth in 23 quarters/IBM saw its stock go down more than 4.5% after it reported better-than-expected earnings for the fourth quarter and full year of 2017 on Thursday." USA Today 12:05 PM
"S&P 500, Nasdaq add to string of 2018 records as investors shake off shutdown fears: Major indexes post third straight weekly advance" MarketWatch 4:06 PM
"Stocks Tiptoe Mostly Higher Amid Worries Over a Government Shutdown: Stocks are mostly higher on Friday, as investors grow increasingly concerned the federal government will be forced into a shutdown at midnight." TheStreet 4:05 PM
"Wall Street ends higher despite government shutdown threat" Reuters 4:05 PM
"S&P 500 Rises as Investors Focus on Earnings, Not Looming Shutdown: Financial stocks advance after several regional banks reported fourth-quarter results" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:05 PM
"Asian markets jump higher as investors brush off possible U.S. shutdown: As most Asia-Pacific stock markets ended the week higher, Australia has underperformed with a noted drop in energy stocks." MarketWatch 7:42 AM
"European stocks score 2 1/2-year closing high: European stocks rose on Friday, with gains for industrial and tech shares helping the region's benchmark bag a third straight weekly win, as investors appeared to set aside concerns about a possible shutdown of the U.S. government." MarketWatch 12:00 PM
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