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Friday Highlights: Fortune discusses a "nifty compensation tweak" Apple put together which "saved Tim Cook's $373 million payday"; Irish Times reporting on Apple's Cork plant expansion plans which will add about 1,000 jobs to the area; new statistic can be misleading depending on the headline, but one thing is clear, it's a win for Apple; Ben Winston tells Business Insider how Apple's Carpool Karaoke will differ from comedian James Corden's skit; The Guardian on how "Sent from my iPhone", formerly a "humblebrag became a key piece of net etiquette"; Nikkei reporting iPhone 7 likely to be in short supply at launch, the same publication also revealing Intel's plan to challenge TSMC for Apple's chip orders—more in our Hardware/Software section; Aloft hotels in Boston and Santa Clara will allow you to use Siri to control your room; Fluent survey says there are multiple millions of Americans who would buy up an Apple VR headset; Samsung beginning beta of iOS app for Gear 2, Gear Fit 2, but only in South Korea; Kirk McElhearn finds maddening the discrepancy between his iPhone storage calculations and what iTunes says he has.

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  • "Apple is making life terrible in its factories – labor rights warriors: Manufacturers buckling under demands for cheaper iStuffs"  The Register 3:15 PM
  • "Report: Unfair Working Conditions Persist at Apple Supplier/Workers at one Chinese company make an average of $2 per hour, according to a workers' rights watchdog." PC Magazine 4:06 PM
  • "How Apple's Nifty Compensation Tweak Saved Tim Cook's $373 Million Payday"  Fortune 8:01 AM
  • "Apple gets permission for expansion at Cork plant: Move will create up to an additional 1,000 jobs in Hollyhill over the next 18 months"  Irish Times 7:33 AM
  • "Apple's huge European HQ in Ireland is about to get even bigger" Business Insider 8:15 AM
  • "1.5m US iPhone users are about to switch to Android: But almost 4 million Android users will switch to iPhone" Computerworld 8:35 AM
  • "'Carpool Karaoke's' producer tells us how Apple's version will differ to 'The Late Late Show With James Corden'"  Business Insider 8:00 AM
  • "Sent From My iPhone: how a humblebrag became a key piece of net etiquette/Once considered a crass way of showing off, now the sign-off is a nod of acknowledgement that we are doing the best we can" The Guardian 8:01 AM
  • "Apple, Target and others sign White House equal pay pledge: A group of 29 large companies have signed a White House pledge to help close the wage gap between men and women." CNNMoney 11:15 AM
  • "Spotify Said to Retaliate Against Artists With Apple Exclusives" Bloomberg 1:24 PM
  • "Spotify Punishing Artists Who Offer Apple Music Exclusives" MacRumors 1:28 PM
  • "Report: Spotify punishing artists that take Apple Music exclusives by limiting promotion" 9to5Mac 3:15 PM
  • "Report: Spotify punishes artists who give exclusives to Apple Music" BGR 9:23 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook Sells $36 Million From Block of Compensation Stock: Received 1.26 million shares, valued around $135 million, previously were restricted" [Paid Membership Required] 9:23 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook sells $36M in Apple stock after receiving 5-year RSU bonus" AppleInsider 5:28 PM
  • "Dropbox Requiring Users to Change Old Passwords Dating Back to Mid-2012" MacRumors 7:43 AM
  • "How to Trim Movies in Photos for Mac" OS X Daily 1:28 PM
  • "Folx 5 review: How I learned to stop worrying and love this Mac download manager" Macworld 8:32 AM
  • "ShotPut Pro 6 has more up its sleeve than just good looks" IT.Enquirer 7:26 AM
  • "Recordam makes it easy to create, store, share and play back audio recordings on your Mac" Apple World Today 7:44 AM
  • "How To Control Your Mac's Screen Color Based On The Time Of Day" BohemianBoomer 7:45 AM
Press Releases
  • "FCPX Tour @IBC announced - 10 & 11 September" 7:42 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple may face iPhone 7 supply shortage at launch: source" Nikkei 10:47 AM
  • "iPhone 7 Facing Supply Shortages as Production Ramps Up Ahead of Launch" MacRumors 10:47 AM
  • "Millions of Americans would buy an Apple VR headset, survey suggests" Apple Must 10:00 AM
  • "Over half of existing Apple Watch users will buy the new model" Apple Must 1:22 PM
  • "Fluent's survey bodes well for the 'iPhone 7,' 'Apple Watch 2" Apple World Today 10:05 AM
  • "Apple sees iPhone sales decline in Brazil: Apple has seen a drop of 40 percent in iPhone sales in Brazil during the first quarter in comparison to the same period last year, according to data from research firm Gartner." ZDNet 10:45 AM
  • "Apple reportedly working on a Snapchat clone" Memeburn 7:57 AM
  • "Apple to add tap-to-pay support to iPhones in Japan (not NFC)" The Next Web 7:56 AM
  • "Apple to Bring FeliCa Support to iPhones in Japan?" iClarified 7:48 AM
  • "Aloft hotels will let you control your room with Siri: These 'smart hotel' rooms will debut in Boston and Santa Clara, California." CNET 8:14 AM
  • "Aloft Hotel Adds Siri-Equipped Rooms" PC Magazine 4:05 PM
  • "Apple: VirnetX can't raise willfulness in patent saga now" Apple World Today 8:16 AM
  • "UK carrier EE offering six months free Apple Music, Kevin Bacon & Britney Spears promoting [Video] 9to5Mac 7:43 AM
  • "Samsung Is Launching An iOS Beta Test For The Gear S2 And Gear Fit 2 In South Korea" Digital Trends 10:44 AM
  • "Video: Steve Wozniak discusses the importance of education" The Next Web 7:58 AM
  • "Barbra Streisand once called Steve Jobs for tech support" Cult of Mac 8:32 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs and Bill Gates talk, 'The Future of the PC'" Cult of Mac 8:32 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Dropbox looking to bridge the platform gap for end users" ZDNet 8:40 PM
  • "Is Alphabet Scaling Back Google Fiber?" eWeek 7:50 PM
  • "Facebook is removing humans from writing trending topics descriptions" The Daily Dot 8:43 PM
  • "John Ellenby, Visionary Who Helped Create Early Laptop, Dies at 75" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:23 PM
  • "Lowe's integrates Amazon Alexa into its smart home hub to control lights, temperature with voice commands" GeekWire 11:15 AM
  • "21 photos of the most impressive free food at Google" Business Insider 10:47 AM
  • "Coming August 27: Gene Steinberg meets columnist and podcaster Kirk McElhearn, and The Mac Observer's Bryan Chaffin, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 9:10 PM
  • "Arguably Ahead on Technology—GRAPHISOFT Aims For The Future of Practice" Architosh 1:34 PM
  • "Kirk McElhearn Updates Take Control of Scrivener for iOS Version" MacVoices 1:20 PM
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-26: Interview with Fling's Dave Hamilton" The Mac Observer 10:48 AM
  • "On The CultCast: iPhone 8 Plus Edge? Analysts say it's on the way" Cult of Mac 8:32 AM
  • "CNET UK podcast 495: Android Nougat arrives, Pokefever on the wane and five years of Tim Cook/How has Apple changed after half a decade with Cook at the helm? Plus, Pokemon Go shows signs of decline: but is that so surprising, or even a big problem?" CNET 8:02 AM
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks Apple Health, machine learning, 'iPhone 7' rumors" AppleInsider 7:33 AM
  • "Intel aims to challenge TSMC over Apple chip orders by 2018"  Nikkei 10:46 AM
  • "Intel and Apple Already in Talks Over ARM-Based Chips for Future iOS Devices" MacRumors 10:46 AM
  • "Intel plots attack on Apple's partnership with TSMC, looks to build A-series chips by 2018" AppleInsider 10:46 AM
  • "Apple Inc. Patch Three iOS 0day Exploits Worth 1 Million USD" Tapscape 7:47 AM
  • "iPhone spying flaw: What you need to know about Apple's critical security update" Telegraph 7:43 AM
  • "Serious security vulnerability that left iPhones open to hackers is patched in iOS 9.3.5" BetaNews 7:57 AM
  • "Activist discovers iPhone spyware, sparking security update" Associated Press 8:16 AM
  • "Next Year's iPhone Won't Have a Home Button [Report] iClarified 7:48 AM
  • "Apple issues 8th developer beta of iOS 10, 7th public release" AppleInsider 1:28 PM
  • "iOS 10 dev beta 8/Public Beta 7 now available" Macworld 1:28 PM
  • "Apple seeds tvOS 10 beta 7 for Apple TV to developers" 9to5Mac 1:27 PM
  • "Apple patents technique for grabbing iPhone thieves' fingerprints and photo" ZDNet 7:57 AM
  • "My schizophrenic iPhone storage numbers: When it comes to available space, my iPhone says one thing, but iTunes says another. And it's maddening." Macworld 7:33 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:26 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:26 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:26 AM

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  • "The Chord Mojo turns good headphones into great ones" The Verge 7:57 AM
  • "The 9.7-inch Logitech Create turns the iPad Pro into a powerhouse" iMore 1:28 PM
  • "The iPad Pro 9.7-inch Keyboard Case for Road Warriors" The Mac Observer 1:22 PM
  • "Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge review roundup: iPhone thumping design?" FOXNews 9:35 PM
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  • "How To Use A Mac, iPhone, Or iPad To Teach Math Skills To School Age Children" Mac360 7:39 AM
  • "'Hero Generations' Review - Millennials are Killing the Monster Industry" Touch Arcade 10:47 AM
  • "'The Aetherlight' Attempts to Bridge the Bible and Technology" Geek Dad 2:01 PM
  • "iOS has a nifty hidden feature that parents are gonna love" The Next Web 10:47 AM
  • "How to use Siri with CarPlay" iMore 8:15 AM
  • "How to adjust the date, time, and timezone of your iPhone and iPad" iMore 7:48 AM
  • "15 great iOS 10 3D Touch improvements you'll use a lot" Apple Must 1:57 PM
  • "You Can Fix Critical iOS Security Flaw By Jumping To iOS 10" Forbes 10:46 AM
  • "WhatsApp's New Privacy Policy is a Big Trust Killer" The Mac Observer 7:49 PM
  • "Is Apple wasting its time trying to fight Snapchat? [Friday Night Fights] Cult of Mac 3:15 PM
  • "The age of the dramatic Apple event reveal is over, and that's okay"  iMore 11:15 AM
  • "Comment: The Catch-22 position Apple is in regarding the iOS 9.3.5 security fix" 9to5Mac 10:45 AM
  • "I Know This Sounds Crazy, But I Want My iPhone On My Mac's Screen" Mac360 8:28 AM
  • "Be Like Microsoft: Why Apple Needs A Lease Program" TeraTalks 8:24 AM
  • "Apple Hasn't Given Up On Social Network Options (but maybe it should)" Mac360 8:24 AM
  • "Why Apple Watch 2 doesn't need cellular anyway: Adding a cellular radio should be a low priority for Apple, at least in the next version of Apple Watch." Macworld 7:57 AM
  • "Apple Will Reportedly Kill the Home Button and That Sucks" Gizmodo 10:46 AM
  • "The 2017 iPhone will reportedly not have a home button" Mashable 8:15 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone 8 will feature the radical redesign we've been waiting for" BGR 7:57 AM
  • "The monetization promise and pitfalls of Pokémon Go" TechCrunch 9:23 PM
  • "Android 7 Nougat Review: Small Update, Big Time Saver/Google's latest mobile OS is focused on productivity with split-screen apps, notification-screen replies and, yes, new emojis" [Paid Membership Required] 8:43 PM
  • "The Meizu PRO 6 Review" AnandTech 7:48 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Best low-cost alternatives to Otterbox for iPad Air" iMore 11:15 AM
  • "FOX Sports Go for Apple TV lets you watch four games simultaneously at 60FPS" iDownload Blog 10:45 AM
  • "Protect and personalize: VRS Design's new iPhone 7 Plus case lineup hits the market" PRNewswire 8:35 AM
  • "File Extractor Offers Easy, Yet Powerful File Extraction for Mac Users" prMac 7:34 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft announces new resources to reduce hate speech" TechCrunch 9:20 PM
  • "Microsoft Corporation: This Name Has Even More Upside Than MSFT Stock" Profit Confidential 8:36 AM
  • "Microsoft's Stake in Artificial Intelligence Leads the Way for Serious Business Use" Call Centre Helper 8:31 AM
  • "Microsoft details rent-a-Surface scheme" TechRadar UK 8:30 AM
  • "Windows 10: Privacy issues, and some quick solutions" Live Mint 8:30 AM
  • "Corporates ARE sniffing around Windows 10, says Computacenter" The Register 8:29 AM
  • "Windows 10: There's ANOTHER frustrating glitch with Microsoft's new Anniversary Update" Express UK 8:27 AM
  • "Power BI Update Herds Its Analytics Options" eWeek 6:41 PM
  • "IBM Expands Cloud Footprint in Asia with New Data Center in South Korea" The Fast Mode 7:38 AM
  • "IBM Research opens second lab on African continent" BizCommunity 7:37 AM
  • "IBM launches Africa's second lab in Joburg | Fin24" fin24tech 7:36 AM
  • "The bottom line: Our quick verdict on the HP Chromebook 13" Engadget 12:32 PM
  • "How marketing skills drive success at HP Inc." ITworld 7:35 AM
  • "HP finds a new hero in premium PCs as market turns 'volatile'" Tech Central 7:34 AM
  • "9 Ways HP Got Sales Compensation Very Wrong" HubSpot 7:34 AM
  • "At HP, baby boomers allege age discrimination" Computerworld 7:33 AM
  • "Stare much? HP brings 'Sure View' integrated privacy screens to its notebooks" Neowin 7:33 AM
  • "HP develops anti-snooping laptops for privacy" The Asian Age 7:32 AM
  • "HPE, HP Inc. Hit with Age Discrimination Lawsuit" eWeek 6:41 PM
  • "HP, HP Enterprise Accused of Age Discrimination in Suit: Suit filed in California seeks class-action status on behalf of other workers" [Paid Membership Required] 9:01 PM
  • "Shields urges partners to merge their EMC and Dell businesses ahead of union" CRN UK 7:30 AM
  • "Intel Kaby Lake benchmarks leak promises speedy performance" TrustedReviews 7:28 AM
  • "Leaked benchmarks show that speedy Kaby Lake laptops could make a splash" TechRadar UK 7:26 AM
  • "What is 3D NAND, and when can I get a 10TB SSD in my laptop?" The Verge 11:48 AM
  • "Intel spreads 3D NAND to more enterprise SSDs" Tech Central 7:26 AM
  • "Intel to Offer Affordable 600p NVMe SSDs" The Guru 3D 7:27 AM
  • "Intel announces lightning fast SSDs for businesses, consumers and IoT" ITProPortal 7:27 AM
  • "Intel SSD 600p Series mainstream M.2 PCIe SSDs announced" Hexus 7:25 AM
  • "Intel's Project Alloy will offer the first open-source, third-party 'HoloLens' headset" Electronic Infoline 7:24 AM
  • "These are the fastest SSDs in the world and you can buy them right now" TechRadar UK 7:24 AM
  • "China cybersecurity body welcomes foreigh tech companies" Telecompaper 7:23 AM
  • "AMD rockets past 100 FreeSync displays as Lenovo jumps on board" PCWorld 12:16 PM
  • "Review: Gigabyte X99 Ultra Gaming" Hexus 7:23 AM
  • "Sapphire updates TriXX AMD GPU overclocking utility to v6.0.0" Hexus 7:15 AM
  • "Judge sides with the state in records dispute with Oracle" The Bulietin 7:12 AM
  • "Cisco starts patching firewalls against NSA-linked exploit" Tech Central 7:11 AM
  • "Tech giants pledge to close the gender pay gap" Engadget 7:45 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "What Is Apple Going to Do With All That Junk in its Trunk?" TheStreet 10:46 AM
  • "Will Apple Stock Be Helped by Fixing iPhone Security Flaw?" TheStreet 8:15 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow, S&P 500 close lower as September rate-hike prospect rattles bulls: Nasdaq finishes higher, but snaps eight-week winning streak" MarketWatch 4:08 PM
  • "Stocks Pare Losses; Fed Officials Hint at September Hike" TheStreet 4:08 PM
  • "Stocks drop for 2nd day as Yellen speech looms" USA Today 4:08 PM
  • "Wall St Declines After Fischer's Hawkish Stance on Rates" Reuters 4:07 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Lower After Janet Yellen's Remarks on Interest Rates: Federal Reserve chairwoman says case for increase has strengthened recently" [Paid Membership Required] 4:07 PM
  • "Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen Sees Stronger Case for Interest-Rate Increase: Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen signaled growing conviction that the central bank will raise short-term interest rates in the weeks or months ahead." [Paid Membership Required] 12:36 PM
  • "European stocks push higher as Yellen's remarks point to confidence in growth: European stocks swung higher Thursday, with investors taking remarks from Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen as a signal of confidence in economic growth worldwide." MarketWatch 11:10 AM

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