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Apple being unfairly targeted by BBC when other major tech companies use same Chinese factories? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Friday Highlights: UK's Telegraph reports that Apple's Tim Cook is "deeply offended" by BBC's report "that Apple is failing to protect its Chinese factory workers", also posts an exclusive letter sent by Apple UK SVP Jeff Williams defending Apple's supplier responsibility; Karen Haslam at Macworld UK argues that Apple shouldn't be blamed as there are many Pegatron clients like Google, Microsoft, HP, Dell — reports aplenty in our Apple/Macintosh, and Op/Ed sections; Foss Patents tells of Apple losing "very important round over its pinch-to-zoom API patent" case versus Samsung; need to uninstall MacKeeper from your Mac? Macworld shows how; MarketWatch looks back at Apple's 2014, covering "the good, bad, and ugly"; Morgan Stanley note reveals expectation of a record 67 million iPhones sold this December quarter; in response to fluctuation of Russia's ruble, Apple raises prices of apps; Woz remains skeptical of wearables like smartwatches, smart glasses; shipping times of iPhone 6, 6 Plus, Retina iMacs drop; is it true that rapidly charging your iPhone can damage it?; iMore staff offer thoughts on iPhone 6, 6 Plus after 3 months use; video comparison of iOS 8.1.3 vs 8.2 running on iPhone 4S.

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  • "Apple goes to war with the BBC/Exclusive: Chief executive Tim Cook 'deeply offended' by allegations made by BBC's Panorama programme that Apple is failing to protect its Chinese factory workers"  Telegraph 7:56 AM
  • "Read: Apple's letter to UK staff over Chinese factory conditions"  Telegraph 8:10 AM
  • "Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC investigation: Apple has said it is 'deeply offended' by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices." BBC 8:17 AM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook hits out at BBC report" CNBC 8:15 AM
  • "Tim Cook 'deeply offended' by BBC allegations of poor working conditions in iPhone factories" 9to5Mac 8:01 AM
  • "BBC investigates Apple supplier, saying it found workers asleep on iPhone production line" MarketWatch 8:19 AM
  • "BBC's Panorama Attacks Apple Over Indonesian Tin" Forbes 8:15 AM
  • "Why Apple shouldn't be blamed for exploitation in China and Indonesia: BBC Panorama programme noted that Apple has gone to some lengths to moderate the practices within the factories of its suppliers, and to try and trace the origin of the soldering tin that it uses, but it was very much a programme about 'Apple's factories' and 'Apple's use of illegally mined tin'."  Macworld UK 8:06 AM
  • "Apple loses very important round over its pinch-to-zoom API patent, Samsung tells appeals court" Foss Patents 8:05 AM
  • "How to uninstall MacKeeper from your Mac" Macworld 8:18 AM
  • "Yosemite - Apple Mail account configuration; 'The Humane Interface', 'Macintosh Human Interface Guidelines' and 'Designing for Yosemite' (and Jef Raskin, the Canon Cat, Xerox Star, Lisa, etc.); Preview printing changes; issues with system recovery, Disk Utility, Time Machine, TRIM support etc." MacInTouch 8:26 AM
  • "Hands On: Snapselect photo management app (OS X)" MacNN 8:06 AM
  • "Using multicam in Final Cut Pro X to edit the Bioneers 25th Anniversary Conference" 8:05 AM
  • "Guest List Organizer a one-stop solution for organizing events" Apple Daily Report 7:48 AM
  • "Yes, There's A List Of Mail Add-on's For Mail Junkies" NoodleMac 7:53 AM
  • "How To Customize Mac Folder Icons" Mac 360 7:53 AM
  • "Free: How To Enjoy iTunes Radio Ad Free" Mac 360 7:54 AM
  • "Try The Mac App For Google-holics" TeraTalks 7:53 AM
Press Releases
  • "Brotens renewed all their 6 Lighting Software for Mac (and Only for Mac)" Brotens 7:50 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple in 2014: The good, bad, and ugly" MarketWatch 8:16 AM
  • "Apple could sell record 67M iPhones in December quarter, survey suggests" AppleInsider 7:56 AM
  • "Apple's 10 biggest hits, misses, and head-scratchers of 2014" [Slideshow] Macworld 8:00 AM
  • "Apple increases app prices in Russia in response to changing exchange rates" 9to5Mac 8:00 AM
  • "Apple Increases App Prices in the Russian App Store" iClarified 8:05 AM
  • "Apple co-founder Wozniak skeptical on smartwatches, Google Glass" AFP 8:10 AM
  • "After hacks, Sony's 'stuck in 1992' ... except for Mac users" Cult of Mac 8:09 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Delaying worldwide releases can kill song sales, Spotify data shows" The Verge 8:14 AM
  • "Sorry Zuck: Teens Have Once Again Declared That Facebook Isn't Cool" Business Insider 8:56 AM
  • "Study: More teens are fleeing from Facebook" Mashable 8:02 AM
  • "Autodesk Talks to Architosh about AutoCAD for Mac 2015—Features, Parity and Market Segments" Architosh 7:49 AM
  • "iPhone 6 Plus 16GB, 64GB now ship in one day: All other versions of iPhone 6 still require longer ship times as supply catches up with demand." CNET 8:57 AM
  • "iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Retina iMac ship times shrink away to nothing" Cult of Mac 8:09 AM
  • "Will Rapid Charging Damage Your iPhone 6 Or 6 Plus?" Forbes 8:19 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:39 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:39 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:39 AM

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  • "iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus review: 3 months later" iMore 8:20 AM
  • "Review: MOTA's new Battery Case for iPhone 6 Plus shows what 4000mAh can – and can't – do for Apple's big iPhone" 9to5Mac 8:56 AM
  • "Review: Draco Design Draco Bumper for the iPhone 6 Plus" Run Around Tech 8:14 AM
  • "Case-Mate Barely There review: The iPhone 6 case for case-haters!" iMore 8:05 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Speed Test: iOS 8.2 Beta 3 [Video] Redmond Pie 8:24 AM
  • "500px App Integrates Adobe Creative Cloud Features and More" Best App Site 8:46 AM
  • "Hands On: Photon Flash Player for iPad (iOS)" MacNN 8:06 AM
  • "Send last-minute holiday photo cards right from your iPhone or iPad" Macworld 8:00 AM
  • "Appidemic: Corto Maltese: Secrets of Venice for iOS" TechnologyTell 8:08 AM
  • "Watermark Photos On iPhone, iPad, Mac" Mac 360 7:53 AM
  • "You Should Play: Micromon is the best Pokémon knock-off on the App Store" Macworld 8:00 AM
  • "Shadowrun: Dragonfall – Director's Cut review" iDownload Blog 8:06 AM
  • "Apple comes out swinging against BBC labor report, says no other company does more for workers" iMore 8:56 AM
  • "BBC accused of bias over expose of Apple working conditions in China: Broadcaster clashes with tech giant after secretly filming workers asleep on iPhone 6 production line" Daily Mail (UK) 8:52 AM
  • "3 questions the BBC must answer about its Apple 'abuse" Computerworld 8:52 AM
  • "Bad Apple or the best of a bad bunch? The sad reality about Apple's Broken Promises from BBC Panorama" PC Pro 8:19 AM
  • "Apple CEO Cook 'deeply offended' by allegations of factory worker mistreatment" ZDNet 8:18 AM
  • "Apple not doing enough for factory workers, BBC probe finds" Digital Trends 8:09 AM
  • "Apple's Chinese Factories: Did the BBC Pass Off China Labor Watch's Reporting as Their Own?" Kirkville 8:06 AM
  • "Should Apple double the RAM in next year's iPhones and iPads? [Poll] 9to5Mac 7:55 AM
  • "What Apple Has More Of Than Google, Microsoft, Amazon, And Samsung" Mac 360 7:53 AM
  • "How A Google Chromebook Is Better For Schools Than An iPad" Mac 360 7:53 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "New app lets you take awesome interactive 3D photos with your iPhone – and it's free" BGR 8:17 AM
  • "This iPad app will land your airplane if your pilot can't" The Verge 8:10 AM
  • "Bing iOS apps updated with refreshed homescreens; iPad gets instant translation within the app" 9to5Mac 8:01 AM
  • "taprrific Announces the Launch of UponPixels" prMac 8:56 AM
  • "Video Zoom 1.0 for iOS - Add Zoom Effect To Existing Videos" prMac 7:55 AM
  • "Conquer The Solar System With Exciting New Puzzle Game - Atmosflares 1.0" prMac 7:55 AM
  • "Delete Hundreds Of Photos And Videos In Seconds With SwipeDelete 1.0.0" prMac 7:55 AM
  • "The next big mobile hit? Yabado launches Bird Duel for iOS and Android" prMac 7:55 AM
  • "09apps releases DinoDoc - know the dinosaurs! 1.0 - Dinosaur Quiz App" prMac 7:55 AM
  • "GRAPHISOFT partners with buildingSMART Korea to foster national BIM standards" Architosh 7:49 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft extends open-sourcing spree with Project Orleans" InfoWorld 8:48 AM
  • "Microsoft: Don't lock small firms out of big data" Chanel Web 8:16 AM
  • "Love the cloud? Be a 'Cloud Hero' with Microsoft" The Register 8:16 AM
  • "Next build of Windows 10 codenamed Awesome" PC Pro [Free Registration Required] 8:18 AM
  • "Windows 10 Tech Preview hits half a million daily users" Tech Central 8:09 AM
  • "Microsoft drags alleged tech support scammers into court" PCWorld 8:35 AM
  • "Microsoft files suit against alleged tech support scammers" PCWorld 8:17 AM
  • "Microsoft takes on tech support scammers" BBC 8:16 AM
  • "Microsoft Tracks Down Tech Support Scammers, Files Lawsuit" Softpedia 8:08 AM
  • "Microsoft Bing Adds AMBER Alerts In Search Results" Microsoft News 8:07 AM
  • "Surat Partners Up With Microsoft to Become a Smart City" Outlook 8:09 AM
  • "Intel launches free Easy Migration app to transfer files to Chromebooks" ZDNet 8:42 AM
  • "Employees are the biggest security risk in the cloud" BetaNews 8:46 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Stock Rating Reaffirmed by Goldman Sachs" Ticker Report 8:19 AM
  • "Apple Stock Cheap But Not Ridiculously Cheap: Holland" Bloomberg TV 7:51 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks: 4 things to know before the open/Stocks are poised for more gains Friday after a huge recovery this week that could put the main U.S. indexes on course for a positive month." CNNMoney 7:53 AM
  • "Muted Start for Stocks After Best Two-Day Run in Three Years: Stocks opened higher, though only barely with little economic news to help feed a two-day rally that saw the S&P 500 post its best two straight sessions in three years. The Federal Reserve infused markets with new vigor after promising on Wednesday a 'patient' approach to raising interest rates." TheStreet 9:04 AM
  • "Wall Street Wobbles After Fed-Fueled Run Higher: U.S. stocks opened little changed on Friday, after the Federal Reserve's most recent policy statement sparked the best two-day run for the benchmark S&P 500 in three years." Reuters 9:03 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Open Mixed, On Track for Weekly Gains: U.S. stocks opened mixed Friday, but remained on track for weekly gains amid indications monetary policy will remain easy among major central banks." [Paid Membership Required] 9:02 AM
  • "Asia Markets: Asian stocks rise on Federal Reserve stance/Stocks in Japan and Australia led Asia higher for a second day on Friday, as investor confidence continued to be bolstered by expectations the U.S. is in no rush to raise interest rates." MarketWatch 7:52 AM
  • "Europe Markets: BASF, Air France drop in European trade, but benchmark in for weekly rise/European stocks turned lower Friday, with shares of BASF SE and Air France-KLM SA each weighing on Stoxx Europe 600, but the benchmark remained on track to finish the week higher." MarketWatch 7:51 AM

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