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  • "Apple's iPhone X assembled by illegal student labour: Interns say they were 'forced' to work at Foxconn plant in China in order to graduate" ["Six high school students told the Financial Times they routinely work 11-hour days assembling the iPhone X at a factory in Zhengzhou, China, which constitutes illegal overtime for student interns under Chinese law."]  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:04 AM
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  • "Swift code will run on Google's Fuchsia OS: Still doesn't help explain why Fuchsia exists" The Verge 7:03 AM
  • "Google adds Swift support to upcoming Fuchsia OS" iDownload Blog 7:13 AM
  • "Google's mysterious Fuchsia OS gets Apple Swift language support: And Google allays concerns that it is forking Apple's popular Swift programming language." ZDNet 9:20 AM
  • "Roger Bolton from Coremelt Demos His Chromatic Color Correction Plugin and the Scribeomatic Text Based Dialogue Search Tool for FCPX" 7:10 AM
  • "These text expanding apps will make your life easier" iMore 9:20 AM
  • "Why I Haven't Upgraded To High Sierra" Low End Mac 8:50 AM
Press Releases
  • "Overhauled Scrivener 3 Writing Suite for macOS Now Available" MacRumors 7:10 AM
  • "Cisdem PDF Converter OCR 5.1.0 Released with Enhanced Conversion Quality" Cisdem 7:07 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Skype Vanishes From App Stores in China, Including Apple's"  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:15 AM
  • "Apple removes several apps, including Skype, in China" Reuters 8:42 AM
  • "Apple forced to pull Skype from Chinese App Store" Cult of Mac 7:16 AM
  • "Microsoft warns: Bogus Apple, Windows tech support sites open your phone app/Tech-support scam sites now contain click-to-call to 'help' victims more easily contact their sham hotlines." ZDNet 8:34 AM
  • "Digitimes Research: Worldwide tablet shipments to reach 128 million units in 2018" ["Apple, Samsung Electronics and Amazon will be the top-3 tablet vendors worldwide in 2017, while Huawei will move to fourth place, surpassing Lenovo thanks to a strategy to push product differentiation. The gap between Huawei and Lenovo gap is expected to further extend in 2018."] DigiTimes 7:01 AM
  • "Steve Jobs' BMW Z8 Goes Up for Auction" Forbes 7:37 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "FCC Prepares to Unveil Plan to Gut Net Neutrality" Wired 7:33 AM
  • "Epic antitrust fight looms for AT&T's $85B Time Warner deal" Associated Press 7:33 AM
  • "Toyota's T-HR3 robot mimics your movements" Engadget 7:22 AM
  • "The Facebook whistleblower wave"  Axios 7:18 AM
  • "Korean Bible reading app turns your Android phone into a botnet" The Next Web 7:13 AM
  • "Microsoft Testing New MacOS Spotlight-like Search UI for Windows 10" Thurrott 7:10 AM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 214: iPhone X third impressions" iDownload Blog 7:13 AM
  • "iMac Pro Could Include Mobile Connectivity for 'Always On' Theft Protection" MacRumors 7:05 AM
  • "Compal, Foxconn to benefit from smart speaker demand, says paper" ["The HomePod's rescheduled launch is expected to undermine Inventec's shipment performance in the fourth quarter. Foxconn reportedly will join HomePod's supply chain to provide assembly services."] DigiTimes 7:01 AM
  • "Apple granted a patent for an automatic recording and authoring tool" Apple World Today 8:32 AM
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  • "25% off from Black Friday to Cyber Monday on DEVONthink & Co." DEVONtechnologies 7:07 AM
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:07 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices (latest models)" MacPrices 7:07 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:07 AM

  • "Apple Watch Series 3 (non-LTE) review: third time's the charm" The Verge 7:21 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone X Leather Folio is gorgeous, but overpriced" Apple World Today 7:33 AM
  • "Hands On: Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Puck with Radeon RX 560" AppleInsider 7:05 AM
  • "How To View Only Unread or Flagged Emails in the iOS 11 Mail App on Your iPhone News, Mac, iPhone & iPad How To & Reviews" MacTrast 8:27 AM
  • "How to monitor your car's onboard computer with your iPhone" iMore 7:15 AM
  • "How to power off your iPhone X: Have you tried turning it off and then on again?" Macworld 7:14 AM
  • "I've been an iPhone user for 10 years — here's what happened when I switched to the Google Pixel 2 for a week" ["Even though I've been an iPhone disciple for like, 10 years, I feel like that's just because it's been a force of habit and not really because I felt like iPhones were the best phones. And now that I'm comfortable with the Android operating system, I might be ready to make the switch."]  Business Insider 9:21 AM
  • "Not HomePod for Christmas: Apple's delay problems"  Macworld 7:05 AM
  • "Comic: I Miss Secretive Apple" iMore 8:28 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Gamevice, the makers of the zero latency and direct connected controller, announced today that it will provide full support to Spark, an easy-to-use, fun-to-fly mini camera drone from DJI, the leading drone and flying camera creators. The Gamevice controller gives Spark users the added benefit of improved precision, control, and ergonomics when flying the drone using their smartphone. Gamevice is an approved Apple MFi partner with direct Lightning support." Reverb Communications 7:34 AM
  • "'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp' Is Now Available Worldwide on iOS and Android" Touch Arcade 7:09 AM
  • "Animal Crossing Debuts on iOS a Day Earlier Than Expected" MacStories 7:03 AM
  • "New Drum Loop Collection by Dennis Chambers Now Available for DrumCore 4" prMac 7:03 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's Surface Book 2 Drains the Battery While Gaming, Even When Plugged In" ExtremeTech 7:55 AM
  • "Microsoft Testing New MacOS Spotlight-like Search UI for Windows 10" Thurrott 7:32 AM
  • "Microsoft is experimenting with making Windows 10 search more Apple-like" The Verge 7:32 AM
  • "Skype disappears from mobile app stores in China" The Verge 7:32 AM
  • "Microsoft to discontinue the Reader app; urges users to switch to Microsoft Edge" Social Barrel 7:19 AM
  • "Intel: We've found severe bugs in secretive Management Engine, affecting millions" ZDNet 7:18 AM
  • "Samsung may be readying a fully detachable 2-in-1 Chromebook powered by Kaby Lake chips" TrustedReviews 7:48 AM
  • "How Dell EMC is preparing for GDPR: The technology giant used its recent merger as the ideal opportunity to get its data practices in order ahead of the GDPR compliance deadline in May" Computerworld UK 7:46 AM
  • "HP Inc Names Hamilton to Applied Research Network" Hamilton.edy 7:46 AM
  • "HPE adds recommendations to AI tech from Nimble acquisition" TechCrunch 7:33 AM
  • "HPE pushes toward autonomous data center with InfoSight AI recommendation engine: InfoSight will also be rolled out for HPE's 3Par flash-storage customers, and eventually throughout the company's product line" IDG News Service 7:28 AM
  • "Cisco: A Venture Capitalist's POV on What is Coming in Tech" DABCC 7:48 AM
  • "Cisco, Interpol team up to share cybercriminal threat data" ZDNet 7:18 AM
  • "GPU market continues to grow" Fudzilla 7:47 AM
  • "Qualcomm: Mesh networking is the future of smart homes" ZDNet 7:11 AM
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Apple News
  • "Apple influences Russia selection" Apple 3.0 7:10 AM
Industry News
  • "Nasdaq shapes up for another record, while Dow futures add 100 points: Earnings arrive from Lowe's, Dollar Tree, Medtronic, Campbell Soup and more" MarketWatch 8:51 AM
  • "Wall Street Opens Confidently Higher as Dow Soars, Nasdaq Jumps to Record High: Stocks jump at the open Tuesday with the Nasdaq securing an intraday record." TheStreet 8:51 AM
  • "Global Stocks Advance, U.S. Futures See Positive Open: Chinese gaming giant Tencent leads regionwide advance" [Paid Membership Required] 8:51 AM
  • "Tech Stocks lead broad gains by Asian markets: Tencent market cap climbs to around $530 billion; Hang Seng up nearly 2%" MarketWatch 8:51 AM
  • "European stocks look for 2nd straight win despite choppy trade: EasyJet shares jump by the most in 4 years" MarketWatch 8:50 AM

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