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Weekend Highlights: Spring 2018 might see a number of new products, including software, from Apple; Dan Moren feels HomePod is starting out like the Apple Watch, "whereas the chief criticism of the latter upon its release was that it tried to do too much, the HomePod follows more of a tried-and-true Apple pattern: it starts small"; Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, likely to see extra tax on revenues in UK; Safari to be friendlier to social media as changes made to "cookie killer"; Glenn Fleishman reiterates warning to *not* convert "Time Machine volume from HFS+ to APFS"; numerous accidental calls to 911 made from California Apple repair center; Land Rover introducing $800 Android smartphone with super rugged features, and more; AirPower wireless charging pad said to be available for purchase sometime in March.
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"Inside Apple's Courtship of News Publishers/When news publishers have a big story these days, their editors jump on Slack and pitch it to an unlikely partner: Apple. The tech company has built a small but powerful news team that is making Apple a key distribution outlet for news publishers." The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:24 AM
"Apple in talks for first order from a Chinese chipmaker: A deal with Yangtze Memory will mark milestone in China's tech development" Nikkei 8:31 AM
"Apple in talks for first order from Chinese chipmaker: Nikkei" Reuters 9:22 AM
"Apple CEO Sees Dividend Hikes, Calls Succession a Priority" Bloomberg 10:00 AM
"Tim Cook explains why you're never going to visit the inside of Apple's new $5 billion headquarters" Business Insider 8:53 AM
"iMac Pro vs. Surface Studio: Which Premium AIO Reigns Supreme? We've tested both of these sleek all-in-one desktops and here's how they stack up on design, performance, and price." PC Magazine 3:51 PM
"Apple's HomePod: Paying $350 for a speaker that says 'no' this much is tough/Apple's first smart speaker feels exclusively designed for its most ardent fans." Ars Technica 12:05 PM
"Microsoft wants to use blockchain to secure your identity" Computerworld 10:53 AM
"Microsoft targets startups with $500 million in Azure-related resources: Microsoft is launching a new program aimed at attracting more startups to its Azure cloud." ZDNet 11:34 AM
"Microsoft promises to help startups sell their products...if they're on Azure" VentureBeat 12:04 PM
"Microsoft's compiler-level Spectre fix shows how hard this problem will be to solve: Investigation of Microsoft's compiler changes show that much of the time, they won't fix Spectre." Ars Technica 5:38 PM
"Microsoft gives sysadmins Meltdown and Spectre detection in Windows Analytics" BetaNews 8:55 AM
"Researchers Find New Ways to Exploit Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities in Modern CPUs" Gizmodo 9:02 PM
"Microsoft releases first Windows 10 'Redstone 5' test build; adds new app preview program" ZDNet 7:53 PM
"Microsoft to cover Windows 7 with advanced threat service" Computerworld 8:28 AM
"Microsoft releases new firmware for the Surface Pro and Surface Book" Neowin 5:27 PM
"As Microsoft, IBM Enter Cryptocurrency Market, EXMO Cryptocurrency Exchange Launches Dividend-Paying Tokens Crowdsale" Insider Monkey 8:55 AM
"Dell-EMC expands its CI platform, simplifies data center operations: With the VxBlock 1000, Dell-EMC's next-generation CI platform, customers can mix and match storage, networking and compute technology for greater data center agility." Network World 9:46 AM
"Dell EMC announces new servers for optimized computing & software-defined environments" The Economic Times 9:46 AM
"AMD signs up Dell as its latest EPYC customer" ITProPortal 9:46 AM
"Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway increases Apple stake by 23.3 percent, now its largest holding" AppleInsider 5:26 PM
"Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway increases AAPL holdings, dumps over 90% of its IBM shares" 9to5Mac 5:27 PM
"Apple Is All About Buying Stock Back, Says BTIG's Piecyk" Bloomberg Video 9:52 AM
"Apple: analyst lays out path to zero net cash, deems 'transformational M&A' unlikely" MarketWatch 9:27 AM
"Miss the Bottom in Apple's Stock? Here's What You Should Do Now: There are still some 'nasties' lurking on Apple's stock chart. Here's how to trade the tech giant." TheStreet 8:49 AM
"Dow clambers 250 points higher as Wall Street dispels inflation jitters: Small-cap Russell 2000 on pace for best daily rise in about a month; VIX readings fall below historic average" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
"Dow Soars Over 250 Points to Post Its Fourth Straight Day of Gains: Stocks finished higher on Wednesday." TheStreet 3:58 PM
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