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Friday Highlights: Jury in the never-ending patent battle between Apple and Samsung finds the South Korean company must pay $539 million to Apple in damages—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; in other legal news, court documents reveal Apple did actually know "iPhone 6 was bendier than previous models" concerning touch disease; several articles at Triangle Business Journal cover Apple's close ties with Research Triangle Park, asking if area is actually ready for larger Apple presence, seeing possible revolution in area tech community with Apple's decision; Low End Mac warns of using SATA III drives in a Mac only equipped to handle SATA II; Jon Collins catches up with the creators of Mellel word processor for Mac; Apple blocks Steam app on iOS meaning you can no longer enjoy PC games on your iDevice, Killian Bell at Cult of Mac calls ban "silly".

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  • "Samsung to pay $539 million for iPhone patent infringement: A California jury has decided in a long-running legal battle that South Korea's Samsung must pay $539 million to Apple for copying some iPhone features."  ZDNet 7:00 AM
  • "Apple's $539 Million in Damages Is a 'Big Win' Over Samsung"  Bloomberg 6:34 AM
  • "Apple awarded $539m in US patent case against Samsung" BBC 7:03 AM
  • "Samsung must pay Apple $539 million for violating iPhone patents" Cult of Mac 6:52 AM
  • "Apple reportedly knew the iPhone 6 was bendier than previous models: It also apparently changed the phone's structure to prevent the touch disease a year after it launched."  Engadget 6:31 AM
  • "Court docs show Apple knew about the bendiness of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus: Engineering changes were eventually made to prevent 'Touch Disease' screen problems." Ars Technica 9:59 AM
  • "Documents show Apple knew the iPhone 6 range would bend" Digital Trends 7:19 AM
  • "Apple's ties to Triangle run through Raleigh, Durham" ["But despite the gap and cultural differences, the Triangle has significant ties to the California tech juggernaut. While much of the country has weighed the next moves of Amazon, a company with no significant North Carolina connections, Apple has stealthily zeroed in on Research Triangle Park as a target for a new campus. And the people in charge of making that decision are well aware of what the Triangle offers."]  Triangle Business Journal 7:04 AM
  • "New to iCloud? Apple will give you the first month's storage for free" Cult of Mac 6:52 AM
  • "Watch Out for SATA III Drives in SATA II Macs" Low End Mac 8:23 AM
  • "How to save an MP3 or AAC file to your iPhone or iPad: Saving music files to your iPhone is easy, you just need a computer with iTunes." Macworld 7:10 AM
  • "How to Add an AirDrop Shortcut to Your Mac's Dock" MacRumors 6:35 AM
  • "How to back up your iCloud Photo Library" iMore 8:17 AM
  • "5 questions for... the Mellel word processor" Gigaom 10:06 AM
  • "macOS 10.14: Improvements that Apple's Mac operating system could use/Apple's primed to launch a new version of macOS in a couple weeks, and Dan Moren has a few improvements he'd like to see to the venerable OS." Macworld 6:35 AM
Press Releases
  • "DEVONthink & DEVONthink To Go add iCloud synchronization" DEVONtechnologies 6:30 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Jony Ive Reveals Secrets of the Apple Watch, His Favorite Brands" Bloomberg 7:05 AM
  • "Apple Just Blocked PC Gamers From Playing Steam Games On iOS" ["Clearly something broke down following Apple's original approval, and Valve appears to have been completely blindsided by it. Apple hasn't cited a more specific reason for blocking the app, and wasn't immediately available for comment."]  Forbes 6:31 AM
  • "Valve accuses Apple of rejecting Steam Link mobile streaming app: So much for easily playing PC games on your iPhone." CNET 7:09 AM
  • "Apple blocks Steam Link on iOS for 'business conflicts'" Engadget 7:50 AM
  • "Apple kills Valve's Steam Link iOS app, but you can still stream PC games to Android: Hope you have a robust home network and thin walls." PCWorld 10:06 AM
  • "Why Americans aren't using their phones to make payments in stores" ["Apple says that Apple Pay is accepted at half of the merchants in the U.S., a huge jump from 3% in 2014. But most users aren't fans of mobile payment apps and mobile wallets like Apple Pay. According to Gallup, a consumer in the U.S. has an average of 3.4 credit cards. Longtime credit card users don't necessarily see the benefits of switching to mobile and most mobile payment apps are still in the nascent stage."]  Yahoo Finance 7:36 AM
  • "Apple Commemorates Memorial Day With 'Remembrance Table' at Apple Park" MacRumors 10:07 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Google just dethroned Amazon in the smart speaker wars" BGR 8:26 AM
  • "Notorious Kansas swatter charged in net neutrality bomb threat: Tyler Barriss was indicted for famously interrupting the net neutrality vote." Engadget 7:19 AM
  • "Another T-Mobile bug gave anyone access to your sensitive info" Engadget 7:00 AM
  • "Orlando confirms it's testing Amazon's facial recognition in public: The city's police chief says they still only track the officers who volunteered for the program." Engadget 6:59 AM
  • "Android Creator Puts Essential Up for Sale, Cancels Next Phone" Bloomberg 6:55 AM
  • "AppleInsider Podcast discusses Foxconn in Wisconsin, Apple's self-driving news" AppleInsider 8:02 AM
  • "Some iPhone X owners are experiencing camera lens cracks they can't explain" BGR 8:02 AM
  • "Apple offers $50 refund for users who replaced their old iPhone batteries in 2017" phoneArena 7:24 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple Begins Selling Refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 Models With LTE" MacRumors 11:00 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:39 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:39 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:39 AM

  • "Huawei Honor 10 vs iPhone X – Specs Comparison" GSMinsider 7:25 AM
  • "Huawei Honor 10 vs iPhone 8 Plus – Specs Comparison" GSMinsider 7:26 AM
  • "Huawei Honor 10 vs iPhone 8 – Specs Comparison" GSMinsider 7:25 AM
  • "Review: Shinola Canfield headphones have exceptional looks, but audio left us wanting more" AppleInsider 10:20 AM
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  • "YouTube Music Finally Gets It Right: After years of false starts, YouTube is now serious about music streaming" The Verge 10:05 AM
  • "How to use the Smart Search bar in Safari on iPhone and iPad" iMore 11:10 AM
  • "Taking Photos While Recording Video" MacMost 9:02 AM
  • "How to create location-based reminders on iPhone" Computerworld 9:02 AM
  • "How to delete your account at Apple's Data and Privacy portal" Apple World Today 6:54 AM
  • "Apple Had Numbers on Bending iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Units" 512 Pixels 10:58 AM
  • "CMV: With even porn sites offering VPN, the three reasons Apple should do the same"  9to5Mac 9:59 AM
  • "Steam Link Rejected by App Review" MacStories 11:10 AM
  • "Silly App Store bans have gone too far with Steam Link"  Cult of Mac 7:58 AM
  • "Comment: Apple's example shows how Europe's new privacy law will benefit people worldwide" 9to5Mac 6:54 AM
  • "Samsung Vs Apple Patent Retrial Rules In Apple's Favour" Benjamin Mayo 6:34 AM
  • "Column: Hey Alexa, come clean about how much you're really recording us" Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 10:43 AM
  • "Amazon Key took over my door for 3 months. It wasn't as creepy as I expected: Not only did Amazon Key keep my front porch blissfully free of boxes, the in-home deliveries didn't even freak me out." CNET 7:37 AM
  • "The OnePlus 6 shows you don't need to splash out for an iPhone or Samsung to get a good phone" Quartz 7:26 AM
  • "People are outraged by this school shooter game for all the wrong reasons" The Next Web 7:00 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Here are the cars that currently support Apple CarPlay" iMore 10:20 AM
  • "Apple CarPlay added to 2019 Subaru WRX line" AppleInsider 9:59 AM
  • "PayPal will work inside Gmail, YouTube, and more, thanks to Google Pay: Using PayPal to use G Pay to pay for something" The Verge 9:05 AM
  • "Mechanical keyboard gives your iPad a Mad Men makeover" Cult of Mac 8:26 AM
  • "Beats 'Decade Collection' headphones revealed online ahead of release" AppleInsider 6:31 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: The whole world is now a computer" ZDNet 8:11 AM
  • "Satya Nadella aims to make Microsoft the most ubiquitous AI platform for businesses" Campaign Live 9:11 AM
  • "The one 'fascinating' mind-training exercise Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella practices every day" Quartz 9:13 AM
  • "Microsoft will extend GDPR rights to customers worldwide" Help Net Security 9:12 AM
  • "This Windows 10 April 2018 Update Bug Removing Colors Should Be a Feature" Softpedia 9:10 AM
  • "Microsoft Launches Windows 10 Redstone 5 (Fall 2018) Build 17677" Softpedia 9:10 AM
  • "Chevy, IBM offer NASCAR, Indy drivers head start" FOXBusiness 8:59 AM
  • "IBM to invest in technology to predict floods, cyclones in India" Financial Express 8:58 AM
  • "IBM banned USB drives. Is it the future of security or a knee-jerk reaction?" Digital Trends 8:57 AM
  • "Crédit Mutuel selects IBM's Watson to manage risk and compliance issues" The Paypers 8:57 AM
  • "HP Envy x2 (Snapdragon 835) review:" CNET 8:53 AM
  • "HP Spectre 15 x360 2018 review: Made better by standard 4K, great battery life" Ars Technica 8:49 AM
  • "Dell Launches New Precision Mobile Workstation Line-Up Powered by Ubuntu Linux" Softpedia 8:52 AM
  • "15in MacBook Pro vs Dell XPS 15 head-to-head review" IT PRO 8:51 AM
  • "Intel's rumored octa-core Coffee Lake-S CPU gets even faster" TechRadar UK 8:49 AM
  • "Intel's future silicon may not be Spectre-proof after all" bit-tech 8:49 AM
  • "Intel India, Israel Consulate tie up to drive innovation among start-ups" Hindu Business Line 8:48 AM
  • "Will Intel's Deep Neural Processor Be Too Late?" EE Times 8:48 AM
  • "Budget King: Intel Pentium Gold G5400 review" Hardware.Info 8:47 AM
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  • "Download AMD's New Radeon Pro Adrenalin Edition Driver - Version 18.5.1" Softpedia 8:44 AM
  • "Raja Koduri Left AMD Because He Did Not See A Future There Competing With Nvidia" SegmentNext 8:43 AM
  • "Cisco Systems: Russian cyber-attack likely" Energy Global 8:38 AM
  • "Q&A: Cisco's Theresa Bui on the company's Kinetic IoT platform" Network World 8:38 AM
  • "Cisco admins: Hold that IOS XR update while you get new firmware" The Register 8:38 AM
  • "When being cloud-native is a bad idea" InfoWorld 8:27 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Stocks drift lower as tumbling oil whacks energy sector; Nasdaq pops higher: Energy sector sees weakness on report of possible higher oil production" MarketWatch 11:14 AM
  • "Stocks Trade Mixed, Energy Shares Fall on Sharp Drop in Oil Prices: Stocks are mixed on Friday. Shares of energy companies move lower amid a sharp decline in oil prices." TheStreet 11:14 AM
  • "Oil prices and energy companies keep falling; US stocks dip" Associated Press 11:14 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Pause Ahead of Long Weekend: Energy sector is headed for a sharp weekly loss; bond yields edge down" [Paid Membership Required] 11:13 AM
  • "Asian markets cautious after Trump cancels North Korea summit: Japanese auto makers continue to fall; energy stocks weigh in Hong Kong" MarketWatch 8:51 AM
  • "European stocks rebound into weekend after North Korea's response to canceled summit: Spanish stocks tumble after vote of no confidence in PM" MarketWatch 8:51 AM

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