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  • "Tim Cook Speaks Up" ["At the same time, I believe deeply in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, who said: 'Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'‚ÄČ' I often challenge myself with that question, and I've come to realize that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important. That's what has led me to today. For years, I've been open with many people about my sexual orientation. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I'm gay, and it doesn't seem to make a difference in the way they treat me."]  Bloomberg Businessweek 8:05 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook: I'm Proud to Be Gay/Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has acknowledged that he is gay for the first time in an essay written for the latest edition of Bloomberg Businessweek. Bloomberg Businessweek editor Josh Tyrangiel discusses being approached by Cook to tell his story and what prompted him to come forward at this point in time." Bloomberg TV 8:03 AM
  • "Tim Cook, Apple's C.E.O., Says He Is Proud to Be Gay" Associated Press [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:21 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook Says He is 'Proud to Be Gay'" Re/code 8:22 AM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook says 'proud to be gay'" Reuters 8:23 AM
  • "Tim Cook says 'I'm proud to be gay'" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:21 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'" USA Today 8:24 AM
  • "Tim Cook: 'I'm Proud To Be Gay,' And Helping Others Is Worth Trading Personal Privacy" TechCrunch 8:54 AM
  • "Tim Cook: 'I'm Proud To Be Gay'/'While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven't publicly acknowledged it either, until now,' Cook said." PC Magazine 10:22 AM
  • "Tim Cook Tells the World 'I'm Proud to Be Gay'" Wired 10:26 AM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook: 'So let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay'" CNET 8:54 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out: 'I'm proud to be gay'" CNNMoney 10:26 AM
  • "Tim Cook: I'm proud to be gay" The Verge 8:54 AM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook on being gay: 'I have the skin of a rhinoceros'" MarketWatch 8:24 AM
  • "I'm grateful Tim Cook said he's gay: Barney Frank" CNBC 8:24 AM
OS X
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  • "The Worst Bugs in OS X Yosemite and How to Fix Them" Gizmodo 10:43 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "Using OS X Yosemite's revamped Spotlight Search" iDownload Blog 8:40 AM
  • "How to use iCloud Password in OS X Yosemite" iDownload Blog 8:40 AM
  • "System Preferences in OS X 10.10, Yosemite: Network" eXtensions 8:53 AM
  • "How to uninstall App Store apps from the command line" MacIssues 10:25 AM
  • "Goodbye, BBEdit, Hello BBEdit Lite" Mac 360 8:09 AM
  • "Free: Cleanup Email Forwarding Cruft" Mac 360 8:10 AM
  • "Mac Bookmark Problems Still Not Solved" Mac 360 8:10 AM
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  • "How The Mac App Store Messes With The App Economy" McSolo 8:10 AM
Press Releases
  • "Skype for Mac updated with OS X Yosemite support" iDownload Blog 8:40 AM
  • "InSili.co introduces Peppermint - Advanced Code Editor for OS X" prMac 8:21 AM
  • "Nektony Offers Tools to Prepare a Mac for OS X Yosemite" prMac 8:21 AM
  • "Noteboom Productions Introduces Tutor for OS X Yosemite" prMac 8:21 AM
  • "Handoff Ready Apps for iOS 8, OS X Yosemite" FairerPlatform 8:10 AM
  • "Autumn updates for DEVONsphere Express, PhotoStickies, and XMenu" DEVONtechnologies 8:08 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Pay fans express displeasure at MCX in app ratings; consortium suggests possible future switch to NFC" 9to5Mac 8:53 AM
  • "Apple Pay fans tears down CurrentC's App Store rating, MCX suggests possible switch to NFC technology" O'Grady's PowerPage 10:45 AM
  • "Wal-Mart and allies in face-off with Apple Pay over mobile payments" Reuters 8:24 AM
  • "Why Meijer isn't ditching Apple Pay like other retailers" Michigan Live 10:27 AM
  • "Meijer is first MCX member to break ranks, continuing to support Apple Pay" 9to5Mac 10:27 AM
  • "Worldwide Smartphone Shipments Increase 25.2% in the Third Quarter with Heightened Competition and Growth Beyond Samsung and Apple, Says IDC" Business Wire 8:13 AM
  • "Apple's market-leading tablet share falls to 22% against growing cheap media consumption options" 9to5Mac 10:30 AM
  • "Fueled by Back-to-School Promotions and US Growth, the Worldwide Tablet Market Grows 11.5% in the Third Quarter, According to IDC" Business Wire 8:13 AM
  • "Apple in preliminary talks to sell smartphones in Iran" [Video] CBS News 10:22 AM
  • "Apple trying to sell iPhone in Iran, report claims" TechnologyTell 10:34 AM
  • "Android Wear Devices won't be iOS or Mac compatible this year" 9to5Mac 9:13 AM
  • "Samsung Counts on Wraparound Screens to Fend Off Apple" Bloomberg 8:04 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "In glow of Apple, NXP pitches tap-to-pay technology to car makers" Reuters 8:23 AM
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  • "Apple Revisits their Major 3D Imaging System Invention" Patently Apple 8:14 AM
  • "Apple Files Patents that Advance Haptics & New iOS Metaphors" Patently Apple 8:14 AM
  • "Apple wants to make its portable OS X, iOS devices even slimmer" Apple Daily Report 8:12 AM
  • "Apple wants to make it easier to customize iTunes Radio to your tastes" Apple Daily Report 8:15 AM
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  • "Mooniz For iPhone And iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $1.99)" Apple Sliced 8:38 AM
  • "Pixology For iPhone Is Free Today (Was $0.99)" Apple Sliced 8:38 AM
  • "Mac Pro Prices & Deals" MacPrices 8:19 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:19 AM

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  • "iMac With Retina 5K Display Review: Do Those Extra Pixels Really Matter?" Gizmodo 10:25 AM
  • "Review: Uniq Bodycon, LifePro, and Helio for iPhone 6 + Bodycon for iPhone 6 Plus" iLounge 10:45 AM
  • "Review: SHARKK 16400 DPI High Precision Programmable Laser 14 Buttons Gaming Mouse" Run Around Tech 10:20 AM
  • "Twelve South HiRise can takes your iMac with 5K Retina display to new heights" Apple Daily Report 8:15 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Review: OmniFocus 2 for iPad makes life easier with extensions and background syncing" Macworld 10:02 AM
  • "Take the pain out of two-factor authentication with an app" Macworld 10:02 AM
  • "Use these apps to keep your little monsters safe on Halloween" Macworld 10:02 AM
  • "Revealed: How I Capture Articles Online To Share Between My Mac, iPhone, And iPad" PixoBebo 8:10 AM
  • "Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge is harder than ever" iDownload Blog 8:39 AM
  • "Dragon Quest II Review: Dragon Quest 2 is another quality remake of one of the progenitors to the modern JRPG." 148Apps 10:34 AM
Tips
  • "Best Mac for making music: Which Apple Mac should I buy for editing music?" Macworld UK 10:26 AM
  • "iPhone 6 vs Plus vs iPhone 5S vs 5C: Apple Buyers Guide 2014" Stabley Times 9:46 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Anonymous Apple employees reveal what it's like to work for Tim Cook" BGR 10:41 AM
  • "Apple Pay vs. CurrentC: Prelude to the Beacon Wars" TechNewsWorld 10:25 AM
  • "The d-word: Which is doomed, Apple Pay or CurrentC?" Macworld 10:02 AM
  • "How Newsstand failed The Magazine, and what Apple should do"  Macworld 10:02 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'" The Daily Dot 10:37 AM
  • "Tim Cook's Gay Coming Out is a Big Deal for Equal Rights" The Mac Observer 10:33 AM
  • "Apple chief Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'" BBC 10:26 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks out: 'I'm proud to be gay'" Macworld 10:03 AM
  • "'I'm proud to be gay,' Apple CEO Tim Cook says in open letter supporting equality" AppleInsider 8:54 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook Publicly Comes Out as Gay in Letter Declaring Support for Equality" MacRumors 8:54 AM
  • "Why Tim Cook Decided To Announce His Sexuality To The World" Business Insider 10:21 AM
  • "With Microsoft's storage move, can Apple maintain its iCloud prices?" Apple Daily Report 8:16 AM
  • "What We Don't Know About Apple Watch" Mac 360 8:09 AM
  • "Microsoft, Google, Samsung, Amazon, Apple And The 'Brand Of Cheap" Mac 360 8:09 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Faster Followed: Samsung's smartphone ascent was breathtaking. From having essentially zero market share in the category in late 2010 to becoming the largest vendor took less than two years." asymco 10:36 AM
  • "The FCC And The TV Tsunami" Mac 360 8:09 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "The Gamers' Guide to iPad Games Fishes Out the Best Titles for Gamers" PadGadget 10:45 AM
  • "Trade-in service Gazelle begins selling certified pre-owned iPhones and iPads" 9to5Mac 10:30 AM
  • "Skype for iPhone update brings picture saving options, plus speed and UI improvements" The Next Web 10:19 AM
  • "Spotify brings its new dark look to iPad" The Next Web 10:19 AM
  • "OWC Unveils New 2.0TB Option for the Award-Winning Mercury On-The-Go Pro, Offering 33% More Capacity for this Popular Bus-Powered Portable Drive" Other World Computing 10:17 AM
  • "Flipboard launches version 3.0: Smarter recommendations plus a curated daily newsmagazine" Gigaom 10:40 AM
  • "Flipboard 3.0 is out with design refresh, Zite-fueled 'Topics' feature and more" iDownload Blog 8:28 AM
  • "Mujjo Steps Up The Game With Refined Touchscreen Gloves" MacPrices 8:27 AM
  • "New Software to Improve Management of Global Payments Industry" Business Wire 8:13 AM
  • "Toshiba Expands Internal Desktop Hard Drive Offerings to Include 4TB and 5TB Models" Business Wire 8:13 AM
  • "Anix LLC introduces MeowMix 1.0 for iOS - First Game Made by Cats" prMac 8:21 AM
  • "Gormaya Announces Version 5.0 of Cooking Times for iOS 7 and iOS 8" prMac 8:21 AM
  • "PhatWare releases WritePad 8.0 featuring a custom keyboard extension" prMac 8:21 AM
  • "AssistiveWare launches Keeble - Accessible iOS 8 Keyboard for iPad" prMac 8:06 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Jumps Into the Growing Market for Wearable Fitness Technology" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:36 AM
  • "Microsoft Band and Microsoft Health: the $199 all platform fitness band/Designed to let you 'leave your phone in your pocket and miss nothing.'" Ars Technica 7:42 AM
  • "Microsoft smartwatch is official... but it's more of an affordable fitness band" BGR 7:51 AM
  • "Microsoft debuts its forward-thinking fitness tracker" The Daily Dot 7:52 AM
  • "$199 Microsoft Band launches as flagship device for new Microsoft Health data platform" GeekWire 8:00 AM
  • "Watch Microsoft's Band in action with the first video showing off the new device" Neowin 8:07 AM
  • "Microsoft Health platform launches with payments-friendly, $199 Band wearable" Gigaom 8:00 AM
  • "Microsoft Health: the company's new fitness and health platform" Neowin 8:07 AM
  • "Microsoft's wearable announced, called the Band and launching Thursday for $199" Neowin 8:07 AM
  • "HP's 3D printing invasion strategy: 7 things to know" TechRepublic 8:37 AM
  • "Intel releases System Studio 2015: Low level coding and debugging enthusiasts rejoice!" Semi Accurate 8:24 AM
  • "IBM and Twitter Sign Pact to Turn Tweets Into Better Business Decisions" Time 8:35 AM
  • "Oracle letter asks Oregon Legislature to pull funding for suit" The Oregonian 8:35 AM
  • "ARM unveils toolkit for students learning how to program/Summary: ARM has revealed the Embedded Education Kit, a low-cost toolkit for teaching embedded systems design and programming concepts." ZDNet 8:04 AM
  • "Xiaomi Now The World's Third Biggest Smartphone Maker, Says IDC" TechCrunch 8:27 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Tim Cook just publicly declared he's gay and Wall Street doesn't care" Mashable 10:45 AM
  • "Apple dealer CANCOM: We're raking it in" The Register 10:26 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks: 4 things to know before the open" CNNMoney 8:30 AM
  • "Stock Market Today: Futures Fall as U.S. Economy Grows 3.5% and Fed Ends QE" TheStreet 8:30 AM
  • "Futures Fall as Investors Continue to Digest Fed View" Reuters 8:31 AM
  • "U.S. Stock Futures Pare Losses After GDP Data: Third-Quarter GDP Expands at 3.5% Rate" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:31 AM
  • "Asia Markets: Asian shares mixed, Shanghai hits 20-month high/Shanghai shares closed at their highest in almost 20 months Thursday, although performance in the rest of region was lackluster with the U.S. Federal Reserve on track to end its monthly bond-buying program." MarketWatch 8:30 AM
  • "Europe Markets: European stocks falls for first time in three days/European stock markets were on track to snap a two-day winning streak on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would end its asset-purchase program." MarketWatch 8:30 AM

 
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