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  • "Apple's growing smart for contextual search, Siri and services"  Computerworld 7:52 AM
  • "IDC: Global smartphone shipments hit 295.3m in Q2 2014, but Samsung and Apple lost market share" The Next Web 8:58 AM
  • "In Europe, Apple and Samsung are losing ground to 'home-grown' mobile makers" BetaNews 9:16 AM
  • "Apple and Samsung under threat from local brands – study: Mobe marketers don't get it, says, er, mobe marketing firm"  The Register 8:40 AM
  • "Apple and Samsung chased by Chinese smartphone horde as shipments soar" V3 8:56 AM
  • "Ford to nix BlackBerry in favor of iPhone" CNET 9:26 AM
  • "Ford ditches BlackBerrys for iPhones" V3 8:56 AM
  • "Ford Ditches Employee-Assigned Blackberry Phones For The iPhone" Digital Trends 9:06 AM
  • "Russia wants Apple, SAP to cooperate against foreign spying" Reuters 10:19 AM
  • "Russia wants Apple and SAP's source code over spying concerns" Reuters 11:31 AM
  • "OS X 10.9.4 fixes reader's file sharing problems" MacWindows 8:59 AM
  • "How to Recover Deleted Images: Accidentally deleted or formatted your camera's memory card? Restore and undelete all those photos with this tutorial for Mac or PC users." Boston Globe [Free Registration Required] 8:55 AM
  • "Apple Aperture vs Adobe Photoshop Lightroom comparison review" Macworld UK 8:54 AM
  • "Premiere Pro CC 2014 review: New features allow video editors to do more" Macworld 7:41 AM
  • "Cloud Commander review: A sanity-saving single point of access to your cloud storage" Macworld 7:40 AM
  • "How to burn movies to disc in an iDVD-less world" Macworld 9:33 AM
  • "The secret to great presentations: it's not about the software" Macworld 7:40 AM
  • "Getting Started With LibreOffice Writer" Tuts+ 9:08 AM
  • "Creating Bullet Lists In Pages" MacMost 10:15 AM
  • "For Developers Only: Browse The Web With A Dual-Paned Browser For The Mac" NoodleMac 7:48 AM
  • "Beware: Customizing The Mac's Dock Is Now Easy And Free" Mac 360 7:48 AM
  • "The Free And Most Efficient Way To Browse The Web For News" BohemianBoomer 7:48 AM
  • "How To Create Professional Level Photo Portraits On Your Mac" Mac 360 7:48 AM
  • "Free: Event Planner For Mac Plans Parties (and events)" TeraTalks 7:48 AM
  • "Coming soon: How the Tour de France was edited on Final Cut Pro X" 8:26 AM
  • "A 3D interface in OS X 10.11? Probably not — but it's coming eventually" Apple Daily Report 7:52 AM
Press Releases
  • "Freeway 7 Adds Media, CSS, Meta Actions, OS X Yosemite Ready" FairerPlatform 10:06 AM
  • "Free: Get Yosemite On Your Mac Now" Mac 360 7:48 AM
  • "New Roxio Toast 12 Delivers Digital Media Power for Mac" MacPrices 7:44 AM
  • "Brainwaves 1.0 Now Available on the Mac Store" prMac 7:40 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Which Tech Brands Do Consumers View As Most Innovative?" ["As Apple (#1 on our list) discovered, truly great innovative products can change everything for consumers – from how they listen to music to what they expect about how they'll listen to music. And when brands do that, they elevate themselves from well-known brands to innovation icons."]  Forbes 11:32 AM
  • "Apple Confirms Purchase of Swell Talk Radio App for iPhone" The Mac Observer 9:31 AM
  • "Apple lets customers in nine states know how to buy Macs and/or accessories tax-free" 9to5Mac 10:16 AM
  • "Comic-Con: iPads are mainstream, but there's still digital drama" Macworld 7:41 AM
  • "Apple promoting savings with back-to-school sales tax holidays in US" AppleInsider 9:15 AM
  • "iWallet: No bonking please, we're Apple/BLE-ding iPhones, not NFC bonkers, will drive trend - marketeers" The Register 8:41 AM
  • "iPhone gets first free app for encrypting voice calls" IDG News Service 8:33 AM
  • "Spaceships, castles and Steve Jobs' abandoned mansion: The houses that tech built" The Next Web 8:58 AM
  • "Westboro Baptist Church plans hatefest outside Apple HQ" Cult of Mac 11:36 AM
  • "Too rich for an iPhone 6? How about a gold-plated Brikk?" The Register 8:40 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Does Yelp Have The 'Most Trusted Reviews'? A Court Wants To Know More" Forbes 11:32 AM
  • "Despite 'Mario Kart 8' Success, Nintendo Is Faltering" Mashable 10:17 AM
  • "Leaked: Samsung's Metal Galaxy Phone Is Probably Coming Next Week" Business Insider 10:16 AM
  • "This Algorithm Tells You Whether A Twitter Account Is a Spam Bot" Mashable 8:45 AM
  • "Apple support page also listed as yet unseen 'mid-2014 iMac 27'" 9to5Mac 7:40 AM
  • "Another Apple page briefly mentioned mysterious 'mid-2014" 27-inch iMac" AppleInsider 8:23 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Deemo For iPhone And iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $1.99)" Apple Sliced 8:59 AM
  • "Art For iPhone And iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $0.99)" Apple Sliced 8:59 AM
  • "TurboFly HD For iPhone And iPad Is Free Today (Was $0.99)" Apple Sliced 8:59 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:44 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:44 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:44 AM

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  • "MacBook Pro Performance (July 2014)" Primate Labs 7:53 AM
  • "Flir One first look: Shooting thermal imaging pictures of the new MacBook Pro" Macworld 10:37 AM
  • "PhoneSuit Elite Battery Case for iPhone 5/5s review" TechnologyTell 8:25 AM
  • "Review - Adesso Xtream S3B Bluetooth speaker Review" Electronista 9:08 AM
  • "Lytro Illum review: this is the camera of the future" The Verge 11:35 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iOS 8 review: Hands on with the iOS 8 beta" Macworld UK 11:35 AM
  • "Permanent 2 review: updated iPad spreadsheet gets more useful, less quirky" Macworld 8:23 AM
  • "Trick Yourself Into Working Out by Using Your Smartphone" [Video Review] Boston Globe [Free Registration Required] 8:54 AM
  • "Reddme review: a new Reddit experience on the iPhone" iDownload Blog 8:54 AM
  • "iPhone gets first free app for encrypting voice calls" IDG News Service 7:41 AM
  • "ComicBook! 2: Creative Superpowers Review" 148Apps 11:24 AM
  • "Word for iPad: Top 10 tips/Office for iPad's premier app is proving popular and we've got tricks to help you unlock its potential" IT PRO 10:38 AM
  • "Is the 16GB iPhone 'the biggest ripoff in tech?'" BGR 11:36 AM
  • "Why 16GB Smartphones Are the Biggest Rip-off in Tech" ["Yang said smartphone manufacturers pay a measly 50 cents per gigabyte for smartphone storage. So, increasing the standard storage from 16GB to 32GB would cost just $16 per phone. Some flagship phones have already gone this route, but why not all of them?"]  LAPTOP Magazine 11:36 AM
  • "YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS" The Register 11:34 AM
  • "Apple TV Becoming A Cable Accessory, Not A Cord Cutting Device, But Bigger Plans Lie Ahead" Three Guys And A Podcast 11:23 AM
  • "Russian government asks Apple to hand over source code amid spying concerns" AppleInsider 11:37 AM
  • "Russia wants Apple's source code to prove it's not used for spying" iMore 11:35 AM
  • "Russia requests Apple provide access to source code" 9to5Mac 11:25 AM
  • "Russia Demands Apple's Source Code to Ensure Security" Patently Apple 11:22 AM
  • "Apple Cozies Up With Bitcoin -- What You Need to Know" The Motley Fool 10:38 AM
  • "The plight of the Indie iOS developer: Is the App Store broken or is this much ado about nothing?" TUAW 10:06 AM
  • "Opinion: iPad Air + Logitech Folio + Office for iPad = Productivity?" Electronista 9:08 AM
  • "Ford, BlackBerry, iPhone, Apple, and IBM: Calling BYOD into Question" Lou Miranda 9:02 AM
  • "WallStreet PowerBook G3 with Mac OS 9, a Vintage Mac Workhorse" Low End Mac 8:53 AM
  • "iPhone 6 Sapphire Display Myth Busted As Evidence For It Crumbles"  Forbes 8:48 AM
  • "Blog Archive Mid 2014 Mac mini: Coming Soon?" FairerPlatform 8:14 AM
  • "If You Can't Trust Apple With Privacy And Security, Who Can You Trust?" Mac 360 7:47 AM
  • "A Few Words On Product Differentiation, Market Disruption, And Apple" Mac 360 7:47 AM
  • "4 Reasons Why Music Careers Are Getting Trounced By Tech" Forbes 10:19 AM
  • "Former BlackBerry CEO's bold prediction might actually be coming true" BGR 10:16 AM
  • "Sprint Tries a Facebook-Only Plan" [Paid Membership Required] 8:45 AM
  • "Exclusive: Square Bets Big on Next-Gen Credit Card Tech" Wired 8:45 AM
  • "No One's Going to Stop Using Phones in the Car. Here's How We Make That Safer" Wired 8:45 AM
  • "The funniest thing you'll see today: Stephen Colbert reviews the Kardashian game" BGR 10:15 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Hypochondriacs rejoice! HealthTap Prime puts a doctor on your iPad at any hour" TUAW 11:34 AM
  • "New app brings Fire phone's tilt gesture controls to your iPhone" BGR 10:38 AM
  • "New Infrared iPhone 5 Case Lets You See Through Walls" Forbes 10:19 AM
  • "Gameloft releases Despicable Me: Minion Rush 2.0 featuring new Jelly Lab progression" AppAdvice 9:16 AM
  • "Robot Invader's Dungeon Slots is coming soon to iOS" AppAdvice 9:16 AM
  • "NFL Fantasy Football App Redesigned Ahead of Upcoming 2014 Season" 148Apps 9:16 AM
  • "Keep your iPhone calls private, whispers Signal: Marlinspike's voice crypto comes to iOS" The Register 8:39 AM
  • "FreedomPop starts selling tablets with free data and voice plans" Gigaom 8:29 AM
  • "Build iOS Games with Sprite Kit—New from Pragmatic Bookshelf" O'Reilly Network 7:51 AM
  • "2 New Experimental Apps from Adobe Labs" Best App Site 7:49 AM
  • "oneSql Multi Database, Multi Language SQL Query and Import / Export Tool" prMac 11:25 AM
  • "WaterField Designs Unveils Cycling Ride Pouch with iPhone Window" prMac 7:40 AM
  • "Create Amazing Customized Collages and Cards with Photo Wall 5.0" prMac 7:40 AM
  • "Teens can find all answers with Digalator Teen on iOS" prMac 7:39 AM
  • "Jetpack Max: Runner Now Available in the Apple App Store" prMac 7:39 AM
Computer Industry
  • "We're Fighting the Feds Over Your Email: Governments want the right to see email stored anywhere in the world. Microsoft says not so fast." [Paid Membership Required] 8:36 AM
  • "China launches 'anti-monopoly probe' into Microsoft" ANI 8:37 AM
  • "China's Microsoft probe boosts shares of local rivals: One man's meat is another man's poison, the old saying goes, and such was the case for Chinese software firms Wednesday." MarketWatch 8:37 AM
  • "Microsoft looks to woo developers with Windows Phone upgrade: Windows Phone update improves security and messaging, but the platform still trails Android and iOS by a wide margin" InfoWorld 11:35 AM
  • "How Microsoft Uses the Cloud to Beat the Feds" Bloomberg TV 8:30 AM
  • "Analyst: Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 ranked among the best tablet displays" PCWorld 8:50 AM
  • "Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 wins plaudits for display, says researcher" CNET 9:25 AM
  • "Microsoft stands on shore as tablet-laden boat sails away" Channel Register 11:32 AM
  • "Microsoft Xbox One to launch in China on Sept. 23" Reuters 8:30 AM
  • "Will Microsoft Stock Be Helped Its Upcoming Launch of Xbox One in China?" TheStreet 11:33 AM
  • "Microsoft's Similarities to Apple Will Be Its Salvation" TheStreet 11:33 AM
  • "Edward Snowden is Good Business For This Chinese IBM Rival" WSJ Blogs 8:37 AM
  • "Cisco says network virtualisation won't pay off everywhere" The Register 8:40 AM
  • "Michael Dell is funding this company to move surveillance cameras onto the cloud" VentureBeat 11:34 AM
  • "Internet of Things devices open up new avenues for hackers" BetaNews 9:16 AM
  • "'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece: Leaking sprinklers, overheated thermoStats and picked locks all online" The Register 8:39 AM
  • "U.S. losing tech talent to Canada: The land of the free isn't catering to talented techies quite like our neighbors to the north. So many entrepreneurs have given up on navigating the complicated U.S. immigration system and are heading to Canada to launch their startups." Fortune Small Business 10:14 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Stock Market Today: Stocks Strengthen on GDP Rebound as Twitter Shares Soar" TheStreet 9:19 AM
  • "Market shrugs off GDP, waits for Fed: The economy has snapped out of its winter stupor, but investors were playing it cool early Wednesday as they brace for the latest statement from the Federal Reserve." CNNMoney 10:40 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise After GDP Data: U.S. Economy Grows 4% in Second Quarter" [Paid Membership Required] 9:18 AM
  • "Asia Markets: Hong Kong stocks log seventh straight win/Hong Kong stocks ended higher for a seventh consecutive day on Wednesday, as sentiment continued to improve after reports said China would allow direct share trading between Shanghai and Hong Kong later this year." MarketWatch 9:18 AM
  • "Europe Markets: Russia sanctions hit Europe stocks, but Spain shines/New, tougher sanctions on Russia weighed on European stock markets on Wednesday as investors analyzed the potential consequences of the measures. Spanish stocks, however, stood out as outperformers after better-than-expected growth data for the country." MarketWatch 9:17 AM
  • "Early Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares mixed at 10 a.m." Associated Press 10:39 AM

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