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Thursday Highlights: New York Times broke the story of Apple joining forces with Volkswagen to build fleet of driverless vehicles for shuttling employees; Bloomberg notes Apple only testing a couple dozen vehicles while Google buys 20,000 SUVs for their efforts; Business Insider posts a few details from Apple's now-scrapped future-car ideas—more in our Apple/Macintosh, and Op/Ed sections; Silicon Valley ponders more taxes on big employers like Apple due to "impact of rapid growth on housing and traffic"; iDownload Blog details how you can remove "mshelper" cryptominer malware from your Mac; on Wednesday, Jason Snell let us all know that OS X became as old as the Classic Mac OS; branded credit cards part of Apple, IKEA strategy to lure Millenials according to report; Adam Engst warns of phone scam purporting you have an iCloud breach; while an Android phone wins Tom's Guide's toughest smartphone test, iPhone X was "the toughest non-ruggedized phone".

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  • "Apple teams up with Volkswagen to make a fleet of self-driving passenger vans"  Business Insider 8:14 AM
  • "Apple Inks Driverless Car Deal With Volkswagen" Investopedia 8:15 AM
  • "Apple reportedly partners with VW to build self-driving shuttle vans" The Next Web 8:19 AM
  • "Apple's scrapped ideas for the car of the future sound wild"  Business Insider 9:39 AM
  • "Google Buys 20,000 SUVs, Apple Gets Two Dozen VW Vans" Bloomberg 8:15 AM
  • "Is Apple Leaving Billions on the Table? Apple Inc. is trying to grow the non-iPhone services portion of its business but it could be leaving potentially billions of dollars on the table in terms of subscription revenue."  Investopedia 11:36 AM
  • "Apple Leads The Way As Wearable Tech Charge Continues" Forbes 8:05 AM
  • "Apple Watch still dominates the market, but there's a surprising amount of competition" BGR 8:31 AM
  • "Swamped by Growth, Silicon Valley Weighs Taxing Big Employers: Cities home to Google and Apple are contending with the impact of rapid growth on housing and traffic" [Paid Membership Required] 8:49 AM
  • "How to remove Mac cryptominer malware 'mshelper' that kills your battery and CPU" iDownload Blog 8:41 AM
  • "How to take control of GDPR emails in Mail" Apple Must 8:42 AM
  • "Use Your Mac More Efficiently with Accessibility Options" Intego 8:38 AM
  • "Turning On Or Off the MacBook Power Chime" MacMost 9:27 AM
  • "How to Tame macOS Hot Corners Using Modifier Keys" MacRumors 8:38 AM
  • "Video: What to expect at WWDC 2018" AppleInsider 11:04 AM
  • "OS X/macOS now older than Classic Mac OS" 9to5Mac 8:07 AM
Press Releases
  • "Release: Tracker For High Sierra" Rixstep 8:50 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple is missing out on billions in subscription fees"  Cult of Mac 8:33 AM
  • "To lure millennials, Apple, Ikea and Uber are pushing branded credit cards"  CNBC 8:15 AM
  • "Amazon and Apple engage in turf war for location of second headquarters" [Video Report] CNBC 8:50 AM
  • "Beware 'iCloud Breach' Phone Scam" TidBITS 8:20 AM
  • "In 1985, Steve Jobs made these eerily accurate predictions about the future of tech"  CNBC 11:37 AM
  • "Foxconn smartgear unit IPO seeks to break financial addiction to Apple's iPhone" AppleInsider 8:32 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Verizon seemingly cancels its oft-delayed streaming TV service" The Verge 10:20 AM
  • "Samsung Gear S4 with Wear OS: Tizen is dead" SlashGear 8:49 AM
  • "Judge: President Trump blocking people on Twitter is unconstitutional" BetaNews 8:42 AM
  • "A Basic Z-Wave Hack Exposes Up To 100 Million Smart Home Devices" Forbes 8:06 AM
  • "The new Gmail steals some great ideas and invents some fresh ones: Gmail's redesign borrows heavily from other apps. Now it's their turn to push email forward again." PCWorld 8:05 AM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 174: WWDC invites, Beats HomePod rumor, 'audioOS' wish list" 9to5Mac 10:44 AM
  • "Surprise: Next iPhone will be even faster than anything else" Computerworld 7:48 AM
  • "This could be the first major next-gen iPhone X leak" BGR 8:31 AM
  • "iPhone SE 2 stars in beautiful concept TV ad" Cult of Mac 8:33 AM
  • "Tom's Guide Names World's Toughest Smartphone in Ultimate Drop Test" ["The iPhone X proved to be the biggest surprise in the Tom's Guide's report, as it was the toughest non-ruggedized phone. Apple's $1,000 handset suffered less damage than most of the competition after being dropped on its face from 4 feet."]  PRNewswire 8:52 AM
  • "Siri could soon make declining phone calls more useful and personal" iDownload Blog 10:46 AM
  • "Apple allowing downloads of all personal data associated with Apple ID" The Apple Post 8:38 AM
  • "Apple's Siri could decline phone calls with context-sensitive text responses in the future" AppleInsider 8:05 AM
  • "Apple Files Patent Describing the Next Phase of the iOS 'Do Not Disturb' Feature" Patently Apple 8:40 AM
  • "Apple patent is for a 'user interface for camera effects" Apple World Today 7:46 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple Begins Selling Refurbished iMac Pro Models at 15% Discount" MacRumors 11:04 AM
  • "10" iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:47 AM
  • "9" iPad Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:47 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:47 AM

  • "What If You Had A TITAN Xp Attached To Your iMac Pro?" Bare Feats 11:04 AM
  • "Review: AirFly is a neat way to use wireless headphones on planes" 9to5Mac 10:43 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Obscura 2 Review: An Approachable Manual Camera App with Tasteful Filters" MacStories 9:31 AM
  • "Castro 3 review: iOS podcast app adds silencing trimming, other premium features for a recurring fee" Macworld 8:08 AM
  • "'Pocket Run Pool' Review - Help Me, I Can't Stop Playing" Touch Arcade 8:40 AM
  • "Pool on your iPhone is better when it's more like a video game: Zach Gage's latest game reimagines a classic for touchscreens" The Verge 8:32 AM
  • "How to keep the kids away from your iPhone screen" New York Post 8:51 AM
  • "How to correct your info at Apple's Data and Privacy portal" Apple World Today 7:47 AM
  • "How to watch the Apple WWDC 2018 keynote online" ZDNet 11:22 AM
  • "Secret iPhone tips and tricks you may not know about: iOS 11 contains several features that Apple hasn't let on about" Mirror Online UK 8:49 AM
  • "Training My iPhone" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 11:05 AM
  • "The self-driving Apple Car has arrived, but it's not exactly what we dreamed it would be" Macworld 10:08 AM
  • "Apple's Self-Driving Tech Project May Be Closer Than It Appears" Seeking Alpha 9:39 AM
  • "Apple's Autonomous Car Plans Now Look Way Less Ambitious Than They Once Were"  Fortune 8:51 AM
  • "Siri at WWDC 2018: what it needs to be smarter"  SlashGear 8:50 AM
  • "Apple's Emoji Search Is Bad" MacStories 9:42 AM
  • "Apple's Emoji Search is Bad" 512 Pixels 8:39 AM
  • "Swapping an iPhone for a BlackBerry made me appreciate the physical keyboard" Digital Trends 8:35 AM
  • "Release the hounds: When a press release fits your notions" Macworld 8:08 AM
  • "This Is the Biggest Privacy Scandal No One Is Talking About" iDrop News 8:42 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Pro camera app Obscura 2 launches with new filters, metadata viewer, and one-hand friendly UI that looks great on iPhone X" 9to5Mac 8:55 AM
  • "AI Deep Dive: Steve Wozniak Joins Goldman Sachs Intl. Chairman and Many More To Speak in Amsterdam" Business Wire 8:48 AM
  • "Latest Apple Pay promo offers free delivery on first food order from Postmates" 9to5Mac 8:07 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft accused of illegal data collection, spying and data theft" MSPoweruser 6:58 AM
  • "Windows 10 Update Wiping PC Desktops" 7:00 AM
  • "Microsoft and Publicis unveil Marcel, an AI-based productivity platform for the ad giant" TechCrunch 6:14 AM
  • "Microsoft to Improve Cortana With Semantic Machines Startup" Edgy Labs 6:59 AM
  • "Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 17134.81 with fixes for Intel and Toshiba SSDs" Neowin 6:15 AM
  • "Windows 10 April Update Intel And Toshiba SSD Boot Loop Issue Now Fixed" SegmentNext 7:00 AM
  • "Microsoft fixes Windows 10 April 2018 Update problems with Intel and Toshiba SSDs" TechRadar UK 6:59 AM
  • "Microsoft's Xiaoice bot can fool humans into thinking they're talking to a person: Rise of the chatty robots" The Motley Fool 6:15 AM
  • "Intel, Micron lag behind Toshiba in 96-layer 3D-NAND, 4bits per cell" ee News 6:35 AM
  • "Intel Nervana NNP-L1000 Neural Network Processor Coming in 2019" CDR Info 6:35 AM
  • "Intel to Spend $5 Billion on 10nm Fab in Israel" EE Times 6:35 AM
  • "Intel India and Consulate of Israel Bengaluru sign MoU to accelerate innovation" Deccan Herald 6:41 AM
  • "Intel and Micron's QLC memory could make for the perfect gaming SSDs" PCGamesN 6:41 AM
  • "New Spectre variant 4: Our patches cause up to 8% performance hit, warns Intel" ZDNet 7:10 AM
  • "Acer's stack of Predator and Nitro gaming PC come packing Intel's Coffee Lake chips and Nvidia graphics: But real eye-catching gaming tech was missing" The Inquirer 6:15 AM
  • "Acer launches Nitro and Predator Series gaming desktops" Hexus 6:34 AM
  • "Acer's Chromebook Spin 13 temps professionals to use Chrome OS at work: It's the most powerful Chromebook to join Acer's large family of Chrome OS devices." Ars Technica 8:09 AM
  • "HP weathers split challenges" IT Web 6:32 AM
  • "HP looking to partner with the Indian government to push 3D printing dream" Times Now News 6:32 AM
  • "HP Omen 17: HP's 17-inch Gaming Rig" TecHLector 6:33 AM
  • "IBM calls on global techies to better prepare for natural disasters" tahaul tech 6:37 AM
  • "IBM's Lauded Universal Blockchain Payment Solution In Final Stages" Crypto Coin Spy 6:38 AM
  • "IBM is calling on all companies to adhere to its responsible AI and data principles" SD Times 6:38 AM
  • "Oracle nemesis MariaDB tries to lure enterprise folk with TX 3.0: Release adds Big Red compatibility, migration service" The Register 7:00 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple price target raised to $214 at Morgan Stanley on optimism about services business" MarketWatch 9:31 AM
  • "Morgan Stanley: Buy Apple shares on the 'emerging power' of its services" CNBC 8:49 AM
  • "Morgan Stanley bullish on Apple services, ups AAPL price target to $214" AppleInsider 10:20 AM
Industry News
  • "US Stocks-Wall St set to open lower as auto tariff threat weighs" Reuters 8:43 AM
  • "Global Auto Stocks Fall on U.S. Tariff Concerns: Auto sector hit by news the White House is considering new tariffs; futures pointed to an opening decline for the S&P 500" [Paid Membership Required] 8:43 AM
  • "Nikkei, Kospi slide as automaker stocks tumble on new Trump tariff threat" MarketWatch 7:14 AM
  • "European stocks stage small comeback as jitters over Italy ease" MarketWatch 7:15 AM

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