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Wednesday Highlights: A new approach to cleaning up supply chain issues, poor working conditions, excessive overtime, is what's needed for Apple to clean up abuses, argues Tim Culpan; tech giants such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, Apple, may need to be broken up so says Greg Ip for the Wall Street Journal; Farhad Manjoo at New York Times discusses smartphone addiction, laying out argument "for Apple to build a less addictive iPhone"; Morgan Stanley bullish on Apple's China stake; beware chaiOS text bomb which can freeze/crash your iOS or Mac, Tom's Guide tests and confirms the crashes; App Annie's new stats reveal 2017 "A monumental year for the app economy"; Apple ranks 6th in Reuters' Top 100 Technology Companies; Variety reports renowned director J.J. Abrams' new sci-fi drama series being shopped to Apple, HBO; Taipei Times reporting first batch of HomePods shipping from Inventec.

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  • "Apple accelerates US investment and job creation: $350 Billion Contribution to US Economy Over Next Five Years"  Apple 12:55 PM
  • "Apple Expects to Pay $38 Billion Tax on Repatriated Cash" Bloomberg 12:56 PM
  • "It looks like Apple is bringing back home nearly all of its $250 billion foreign cash" CNBC 12:55 PM
  • "Apple Needs a New Approach: The company really does care, but too many abuses are happening." ["For all the talk of cleaning up its supply chain, too many stories keep popping up about poor working conditions and excessive overtime."]  BloombergGadfly 7:54 AM
  • "Watchdog Cites Apple Supplier for Deplorable Working Conditions: Apple says it has a monitoring group already in place and China's Catcher Technology denies the allegations." TheStreet 12:00 PM
  • "The Antitrust Case Against Facebook, Google and Amazon: A few technology giants dominate their worlds just as Standard Oil and AT&T once did. Should they be broken up?" ["Google and Apple Inc. provide 99% of mobile phone operating systems; while Apple and Microsoft Corp. supply 95% of desktop operating systems. A growing number of critics think these tech giants need to be broken up or regulated as Standard Oil and AT&T once were."] [Paid Membership Required] 9:15 AM
  • "It's Time for Apple to Build a Less Addictive iPhone/It's not Apple's fault that you feel enslaved by your phone. But the company that gave the world the modern smartphone has a perfect opportunity this year to create a brave and groundbreaking new take on that device: a phone that encourages you to use it more thoughtfully, more deliberately — and a lot less."  New York Times [Free Registration Required] 11:22 AM
  • "China is a huge reason to be bullish on Apple, says Morgan Stanley" Business Insider 11:19 AM
  • "Apple may be slowing down production of the iPhone X — but it's still making more iPhones than ever" Business Insider 7:56 AM
  • "Ireland May Face More Delays in Collecting Apple Tax Billions" Bloomberg 11:43 AM
  • "Voip-Pal Says Apple's Sanctions Bid At PTAB 'Absurd'" Law360 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 7:39 AM
  • "This Nasty Link Crashes Apple's Messages Apps" Tom's Guide 11:51 AM
  • "Warning: A simple text message can crash iOS and macOS" BetaNews 7:56 AM
  • "UGH! Another Malicious 'Text Bomb' Surfaces That Can Crash or Hang Messages and Safari" MacTrast 8:07 AM
  • "ChaiOS 'text bomb' can crash your iPhone, iPad or Mac with a single malicious link" iDownload Blog 9:23 AM
  • "How to make a Dock shortcut to find recently opened items" Apple Must 1:09 PM
  • "How to go directly to a specific folder in macOS Sierra" Apple World Today 8:19 AM
  • "eXtensions: The Wednesday File (40) -Mac Failure Thrice Over" eXtensions 7:11 AM
Press Releases
  • "Vectorworks, Inc. Brings Apple's ARKit to CAD/BIM Designers—Lastest Nomad App" Architosh 11:51 AM
  • "Announcing SoftRAID version 5.6.4" SoftRAID 7:09 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "2017 Retrospective: A Monumental Year for the App Economy" App Annie 11:20 AM
  • "Global app downloads topped 175 billion in 2017, revenue surpassed $86 billion" TechCrunch 11:21 AM
  • "Microsoft tops Thomson Reuters top 100 global tech leaders list: The list, which aims to identify the industry's top financially successful and organizationally sound organizations, features U.S. tech giants such as Apple Inc, Alphabet Inc, International Business Machines Corp and Texas Instruments Inc, among its top 10." Reuters 7:16 AM
  • "Thomson Reuters Names the World's Top 100 Technology Companies" [Apple #6] Reuters 7:44 AM
  • "Apple Earns Sixth Place on 'Top 100 Global Technology Leaders' List" MacRumors 7:37 AM
  • "Apple supplier denies charges of unsafe, unclean conditions" Associated Press 7:24 AM
  • "Workers at an Apple manufacturing plant in China complained about poor working conditions and exposure to noxious chemicals" Business Insider 7:37 AM
  • "Kristen Wiig to Star in Apple Comedy Series From Reese Witherspoon (Exclusive)"  The Hollywood Reporter 12:00 PM
  • "J.J. Abrams Sci-Fi Drama Series Shopped to Apple, HBO" Variety 7:09 AM
  • "Apple is battling HBO to acquire new J.J. Abrams sci-fi show" Cult of Mac 8:45 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Sprint goes after Verizon subscribers again with free unlimited service for a year" Pocketnow 8:50 AM
  • "The Moto X5 will feature an iPhone X-like notch, according to new leak" Digital Trends 8:33 AM
  • "Kaspersky reveals details of extraordinarily powerful Android trojan, Skygofree" BetaNews 7:56 AM
  • "Amazon's Fire TV boss: We're beating Roku, and we're still doing smart TVs" TechHive 7:30 AM
  • "More than 20 states sue to stop FCC's net neutrality repeal" CNNMoney 7:26 AM
  • "Net neutrality showdown: Now Mozilla and 21 states sue FCC over internet freedom" ZDNet 7:16 AM
  • "chaiOS Bug, J.J Abrams New Sci-fi Series -TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-17" The Mac Observer 12:52 PM
  • "Inventec begins shipping long-awaited HomePods"  Taipei Times 7:42 AM
  • "iPhone supply chain braces for low order visibility in 1Q18"  DigiTimes 7:52 AM
  • "Poor iPhone 8 sales could be dragging down iPhone X momentum" Cult of Mac 8:05 AM
  • "How Apple Developer Enterprise license works: Apple's Developer Enterprise Program lets enterprises develop and distribute proprietary iOS apps across the company outside of the App Store." Computerworld 11:07 AM
  • "'Hey Siri, What's the News Today?' Feature Begins Rolling Out to iOS 11.2.2 Devices" MacTrast 8:07 AM
  • "The Current Status of iOS 10 - iOS 10.3.3 Jailbreak" iPhone Hacks 11:52 AM
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  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:10 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:10 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:10 AM

  • "Hands-on: Nomad Wireless Hub with integrated 4-port USB charger [Video] 9to5Mac 9:18 AM
  • "Hands-on with the Hive View security cam designed by Yves Béhar" iDownload Blog 8:06 AM
  • "You Can Now Send iMessages on Android, as Long as You Have a Mac" Lifehacker 12:55 PM
  • "How to use the World Clock on iPhone and iPad" iMore 12:55 PM
  • "How to Enable Dark Theme in YouTube App for iPhone and iPad" iPhone Hacks 11:52 AM
  • "How to add specialised activities to your Workout app" iDownload Blog 8:06 AM
  • "How to set up a new iPhone by restoring it from an older device" Macworld 7:37 AM
  • "Tips: How to create a PDF of a webpage for offline reading in iOS 11" AppleInsider 12:01 PM
  • "When iPhone Batteries Go Bad" Intego 12:01 PM
  • "5 Things Apple Should Have Done to Handle the iPhone Battery Controversy Better" iPhone Hacks 11:52 AM
  • "Should Apple be made responsible for making iPhones less addictive?" 9to5Mac 11:27 AM
  • "Design Ethicist Imagines How Apple Could Help Combat Tech Addiction in Future iOS Updates" MacRumors 11:27 AM
  • "Why AI has to develop a personality to succeed" The Next Web 11:45 AM
  • "No, machines can't read better than humans: Headlines have claimed AIs outperform humans at 'reading comprehension,' but in reality they've got a long way to go" The Verge 8:32 AM
  • "Envisioning CES in 2024" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:08 AM
  • "Knock It Off With the Tech Prediction Stories/My yearly prediction is the only accurate one: by the end of 2018, expect a lot more predictions." PC Magazine 8:07 AM
  • "Cryptocurrency doesn't have the same price between countries — here's why" The Next Web 7:56 AM
  • "Graphics card prices are ludicrous. Here's how to keep gaming in the coin mining era" PCWorld 7:30 AM
  • "Embrace mobile or it will run over you: Visa has learned this lesson, but Kroger is still resisting." Computerworld 7:29 AM
  • "Pearls Before Swine" GoComics 8:44 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "ParcSlope is a great hybrid stand for Mac laptops, iPad Pros" Apple World Today 8:19 AM
  • "Google finally updates Gmail for iOS with iPhone X OLED display support" iDownload Blog 8:06 AM
  • "Revolut now lets you automatically buy travel insurance based on your phone's location" The Next Web 7:46 AM
  • "Google Arts & Culture tops iOS free app charts for all the wrong reasons" 9to5Mac 7:44 AM
  • "AudioFile for iOS 1.0 - Find Your Voice Memos" prMac 7:37 AM
  • "Turn your iPhone/Android into a satellite phone" ZDNet 7:16 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Euro Trade Groups Urge Justices To Side With Microsoft: Major European trade organizations told the U.S. Supreme Court that if the justices overturn a decision quashing a warrant served on Microsoft and allow the U.S. Department of Justice to grab data stored overseas, they would place international companies in the uncomfortable position of having to choose between violating European privacy laws or an American search warrant" Law360 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 7:40 AM
  • "Microsoft tops Thomson Reuters top 100 global tech leaders list" Reuters 7:16 AM
  • "Microsoft named the world's most powerful tech company" V3 8:06 AM
  • "Microsoft Cortana, the Cinderella of CES18" Tech.pinions 8:21 AM
  • "Microsoft releases confusing patches for AMD systems bricked by Meltdown and Spectre fixes" BetaNews 7:56 AM
  • "AMD CEO: Our processors are more affordable than Intel's" Yahoo! Finance 8:06 AM
  • "Intel Corp. Is Now Sampling XMM 7560 LTE Modem" The Motley Fool 7:47 AM
  • "IBM shares jump 2% after Barclays upgrade: 'The worst may finally be over'" CNBC 7:46 AM
  • "Lenovo Unveils New Digital Assistants, AR Glasses And Cameras And ThinkPads At CES 2018" Forbes 11:04 AM
  • "Oracle to market: We're Cloud 2.0" ZDNet 7:15 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple gets one of its most bullish forecasts yet after Bank of America predicts surge to $1.1 trillion"  CNBC 7:54 AM
  • "Apple gets rare downgrade because analyst believes iPhone cycle is just 'good, not great'" CNBC 7:54 AM
  • "Apple is breaking out — here's how to trade it" CNBC 7:54 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks rise, but bank weakness keeps Dow from retaking 26,000: Buoyant stock market looks 'extraordinarily stretched,' says strategist" MarketWatch 11:28 AM
  • "Stocks Rise as Strength in Tech Offsets Weakness in Bank Shares: Stocks on Wall Street rebound Wednesday as tech shares give markets a boost. Financial stocks trade lower." TheStreet 11:28 AM
  • "Wall Street hits new highs on earnings optimism, data" Reuters 11:28 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise as Bank Results Roll In: Investors weigh earnings from Goldman Sachs and Bank of America" [Paid Membership Required] 11:28 AM
  • "Hong Kong stocks score fresh all-time high: Chinese stocks buck the trend following crackdown on shadow banking" MarketWatch 8:47 AM
  • "European stocks follow Wall Street into the red, as Burberry falls short: Skanska to lay off thousands; Burberry sales fall" MarketWatch 8:47 AM

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