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Thursday Highlights: Apple has an unexpected ally in their battle over taxes with the European Union: The United States, which warns EU that they will suffer consequences if they continue against Apple (worst-case scenario is a $19 billion tax bill)—more in our Apple/Macintosh and Op/Ed sections; meanwhile, The Motley Fool asks if Steve Jobs would have been better these past 5 years as CEO than Tim Cook, but MarketWatch says Cook has done these 5 things better than Jobs; Mark Gurman at Bloomberg reports Apple making greater push into the social space next year with a Snapchat-like app; Forbes' Paul Armstrong hopes Apple instead explodes the augmented reality industry; super-fast USB 3.1 revealed in macOS Sierra code, may see light of day in future Macs?; according to Blanco Technology Group's report, iOS is losing to Android when it comes to failure rates and crashing apps; Apple Music Festival coming to London again for 10th anniversary; AppleInsider points to a new patent application from Apple which could collect fingerprints and photos of thieves; Macworld tracking odd AirPort Extreme issues where the station becomes unreachable via AirPort Utility; Jason Snell loves Apple Music.

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  • "Jony Ive Is Making People Uneasy/Apple pessimism is on the rise. New Apple products are being questioned like never before. Even some of Apple's most loyal customers are beginning to wonder about Apple's direction. While many are directing criticism towards Tim Cook, nearly all of the criticism pointed towards Apple can in one way or another be traced back to a different person: Jony Ive."  Above Avalon 2:19 PM
  • "5 things Tim Cook has done better than Steve Jobs: Apple has shipped billions back to investors in five years under Cook"  MarketWatch 8:28 AM
  • "Would Steve Jobs Have Been a Better Apple CEO Than Tim Cook? Apple stock has done merely okay under Cook's watch, but that doesn't mean it would have fared better under Jobs."  The Motley Fool 7:46 AM
  • "Apple's stock has gotten a bad rap under Tim Cook: Apple became the most valuable U.S. company under Cook, but under Jobs it went from 459th to second"  MarketWatch 7:42 AM
  • "Apple's Cook Reaped $373 Million in Stock in Five Years as CEO" Bloomberg 7:46 AM
  • "U.S. warns EU: Don't hit Apple with a massive tax bill/The United States has sent a message to the European Union: Stop your tax crackdown on American companies or be prepared to suffer the consequences."  CNNMoney 7:32 AM
  • "US criticises EU tax probes ahead of Apple ruling" ["Apple has been accused of sheltering billions of pounds in profit in the Republic of Ireland tax-free, under a deal it reached with Irish authorities. JP Morgan, an investment banker for Apple, has said the company could face a bill for $19bn (£14.3bn) in a worst-case scenario."] BBC 8:17 AM
  • "US sends nastygram to European Union over alleged Apple tax dodging: Brussels' officials once again deny accusations of bias against US firms." Ars Technica 7:55 AM
  • "US companies braced for tax shake-up as Apple feud escalates" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:46 AM
  • "Apple Plans iPhone for Japan With Tap-to-Pay for Subways: Apple Inc. is planning a new iPhone feature for Japan that will enable users to pay for mass-transit rides with their smartphones instead of physical payment cards. A future iPhone will include technology called FeliCa, a mobile tap-to-pay standard in Japan developed by Sony Corp., according to people familiar with the matter."  Bloomberg 7:35 PM
  • "Apple Weighs iPhone Video Editing App in Renewed Push on Social: Apple Inc., seeking to capitalize on the popularity of social networks, is developing a video sharing and editing application and is testing new related features for its iPhone and iPad operating systems."  Bloomberg 7:22 AM
  • "Apple is creating its own Snapchat, says Bloomberg" The Verge 7:40 AM
  • "Apple hopes to stake fresh space in social media" Computerworld 7:47 AM
  • "Why Apple Needs To Forget Chasing Snapchat And Explode The Augmented Reality Industry"  Forbes 10:54 AM
  • "The Sad State of Mics Is Holding Back Siri and Alexa: The billion-dollar digital mic industry hasn't seen much improvement since the launch of the iPhone 5."  Bloomberg 3:53 PM
  • "macOS Sierra Code Suggests 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2 Ports Coming To Future Macs" Redmond Pie 7:33 AM
  • "String in macOS Sierra beta code points to possible USB 3.1 Gen 2, Thunderbolt 3 support in future Mac hardware" O'Grady's PowerPage 7:26 AM
  • "Homebrew Enthusiasts Emulate Macintosh Plus on Nintendo 3DS" MacRumors 3:10 PM
  • "How to Prepare Your Mac for macOS Sierra" Intego 3:10 PM
  • "Controlling a Mac From Afar With IFTTT and Dropbox" Envato Tuts+ 7:12 AM
  • "How to Make Video With Capto, a Lightweight Screencasting Tool for Mac" Envato Tuts+ 8:24 PM
  • "How To Look Up What An Emoji Means Using The macOS Dictionary" AddictiveTips 2:24 PM
  • "How to use iCloud Drive to share your Desktop & Documents folder in macOS Sierra" Cult of Mac 3:10 PM
  • "3D Weather Comes To The Mac" Mac360 7:56 AM
  • "A Better Way To Use Gmail On A Mac" Mac360 7:36 AM
Press Releases
  • "BBEdit 11.6.1 contains fixes for reported issues, as well as refinements to new features that were added in BBEdit 11.6." Bare Bones Software 6:57 PM
  • "Dassault's Spatial's New 2017 version of its 3D ACIS Modeling Kernel" Architosh 12:43 PM
  • "Style for OS X Offers Prisma-Like Photo Effects on Your Mac" MacTrast 11:04 AM
  • "Is Deux Ex: Mankind Divided Really Coming to Mac?" Mac Gamer HQ 10:33 AM
  • "Pixelmator 3.5.1" TidBITS 7:52 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Startup Manipulated iPhone to Allow Government Spying, Report Says: Israeli firm said to have exploited Apple smartphone flaws to help nations spy on their citizens" [Paid Membership Required] 2:19 PM
  • "Apple fixes security flaw after UAE dissident's iPhone targeted" Reuters 9:07 PM
  • "Everything We Know About NSO Group: The Professional Spies Who Hacked iPhones With A Single Text" Forbes 6:57 PM
  • "Apple's iOS Loses Smartphone Performance Battle to Android Devices, Plagued by High Failure Rates & Crashing Apps"  PRNewswire 7:16 AM
  • "New study finds iPhones fail far more often than Android phones" BGR 7:39 AM
  • "Report: Android devs update apps nearly twice as often as iOS devs" FierceWireless 8:17 AM
  • "Digitimes Research: Global tablet shipments to up over 16% on quarter in 3Q16" ["Despite the absence of new models for the second half of 2016, Apple will see its tablet shipment dip only slightly on year to 9.5 million units in the third quarter thanks to steady demand for 9.7-inch iPad Pro."] DigiTimes 7:40 AM
  • "Touchy iPhone 6, 6S chips prone to breaking down and giving up" The Register 7:12 AM
  • "Tim Cook hosts fundraiser for Hillary Clinton alongside environmental head Lisa Jackson" 9to5Mac 7:07 AM
  • "Samsung has begun beta testing iPhone support for its Gear smartwatches" Apple Must 7:01 AM
  • "Microsoft is challenging Google on Apple's iOS devices" Tech Insider 8:58 AM
  • "These smartphone makers are beating Apple in China" CNNMoney 8:47 PM
  • "Apple signs music streaming deal with EE" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 6:59 PM
  • "Apple Music Festival to Light Up London with 10 Nights of Spectacular Performances This September: Alicia Keys, Bastille, Britney Spears, Calvin Harris, Chance The Rapper, Elton John, Michael Bublé, OneRepublic, Robbie Williams and The 1975 Headline Festival's 10th Anniversary" Apple 7:14 AM
  • "Apple Music Festival to Light Up London with 10 Nights of Spectacular Performances This September" Business Wire 7:15 AM
  • "Apple Music Festival 2016: See Britney, Elton, Alicia Keys and more for free" CNET 7:07 AM
  • "Unique 'Celebration' Apple-1 Sells for $815,000" MacRumors 2:23 PM
  • "Rare Apple I 'Celebration' model fetches $815k in auction, falling short of $1m estimates" 9to5Mac 5:24 PM
  • "Apple Proposes 5 New Emoji Professions" PC Magazine 9:07 PM
  • "The hidden history of educational gaming on the Mac" iMore 11:04 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Meet the 'world-saving' PowerBook 5300" Cult of Mac 8:41 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "WhatsApp to Share User Data With Facebook to Show Targeted Ads" MacRumors 8:58 AM
  • "Twenty-five years of Linux overcoming hurdles and overshooting goals" TechRepublic 7:47 AM
  • "Politicians are accusing Facebook and Twitter of 'consciously failing' to tackle terrorism" Business Insider 7:40 AM
  • "Rebound 100: Why Aren't We Doing THAT Show?" Six Colors 3:10 PM
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-25: Interview with Ruby Calling's Jean MacDonald" The Mac Observer 10:33 AM
  • "Podcast 522: Headphone jack interrupted" Macworld 8:41 AM
  • "Apple boosts iPhone security after powerful spyware targets an activist" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 3:11 PM
  • "Government Hackers Caught Using Unprecedented iPhone Spy Tool" Motherboard 3:11 PM
  • "Apple Boosts iPhone Security After Mideast Spyware Discovery" Associated Press 3:12 PM
  • "iPhone vulnerability used to target journalists, aid workers" CNNMoney 3:54 PM
  • "iOS Update Prevents Snooping Via Remote Jailbreaks" PC Magazine 9:07 PM
  • "Emergency iOS update patches 'Trident' vulnerabilities used to hack the New York Times" The Next Web 2:19 PM
  • "Apple Patches Critical Zero-Day Data Security Exploit in iOS 9.3.5 Update" The Mac Observer 5:18 PM
  • "iOS 9.3.3 / iOS 9.3.2 Are No Longer Signed By Apple, Here's What That Means For Jailbreakers" Redmond Pie 7:33 AM
  • "Apple Has Stopped Signing iOS 9.3.2 and iOS 9.3.3" iClarified 7:26 AM
  • "Apple advises immediate update to iOS 9.3.5 after discovery of targeted iPhone spyware" Macworld 2:24 PM
  • "iOS 9.3.5 Blocks Remote Jailbreak" TidBITS 2:24 PM
  • "iPhone 7 Plus Dual Camera Takes Surprising Twist" Forbes 7:19 AM
  • "New Leak Shows 'iPhone 6 SE' Packaging For Next iPhone But We're Not Convinced" Redmond Pie 7:33 AM
  • "Apple Patent Reveals A Potentially Cutting Edge Feature For Future iPhones" Forbes 7:19 AM
Apple Patent Applications
  • "Future iPhones might collect fingerprints, photos of thieves" AppleInsider 7:12 AM
  • "Apple Continues to Advance iPhone Security Features to Record Fingerprint of Thieves" Patently Apple 7:33 AM
  • "Apple is granted patents for an automotive 'head unit' and devices that would capture info on Mac, iOS device thieves" Apple World Today 8:30 AM
  • "Apple Reveals work on a Deadly Accurate 3D Depth Light Beam Camera Scanner" Patently Apple 7:33 AM
  • "Does your AirPort Extreme Base Station work but is unreachable via AirPort Utility? We're tracking a problem and would love to hear your experience."  Macworld 7:34 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "12" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:14 AM
  • "9" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:14 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:14 AM

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  • "One Year With Apple Watch" McSolo 7:47 AM
  • "Otterbox Statement Review – iPhone 6s cases (Video Review)" Mobile Reviews Eh 3:16 PM
  • "The Sena Watch Roll is a great travel companion for Apple Watch users" iDownload Blog 7:33 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Apple Music is so good that I'm totally trapped: Jason Snell doesn't want to quit Apple Music—he'd have to buy a couple dozen albums, for starters." Macworld 7:53 AM
  • "'Eisenhorn: Xenos' Review - For Warhammer Fans Only" Touch Arcade 3:10 PM
  • "'Space Marshals 2' Review - It's 'Space Marshals', Too" Touch Arcade 7:21 PM
  • "How to add Accessories in the Home app for iPhone and iPad" iMore 7:33 AM
  • "TV Everywhere apps aren't just for cable subscribers" TechHive 7:13 AM
  • "5 reasons to install Microsoft's Word Flow keyboard on your iPhone: Microsoft's free iOS keyboard app is fun and feature-packed." CNET 9:16 PM
  • "Three Ways to Free Up Space on your iPhone and Remove Old App Data" The Mac Observer 12:01 PM
  • "5 Apple Watch tips everybody needs" Apple Must 8:53 AM
  • "Apple's Horrible Week Continues With Another Serious iPhone Problem" Forbes 7:49 PM
  • "Apple has patched the Pegasus malware, but here's what you need to know" iMore 7:41 PM
  • "Apple to Eliminate Home Button in 2017 iPhone" MacRumors 7:40 PM
  • "Steven Levy, Behind the Scenes on Apple's AI and Machine Learning" Daring Fireball 6:58 PM
  • "What If Apple's Next Big Announcement Was About Customer Experience, Not A New iPhone?" Forbes 5:23 PM
  • "I'm Calling It: 'Spotify And Pandora Are Toast" PixoBebo 8:18 AM
  • "iPhone 7 UK release date, features and rumours: Is Apple dropping the iPhone 7 Pro?" Alphr 8:18 AM
  • "Without A Streaming TV Service, Apple TV Remains Apple's Stepchild Hobby" Mac360 8:05 AM
  • "Non-final grades: Judging Tim Cook's tenure" Macworld 7:53 AM
  • "Who Needs an Apple Snapchat? Old People Like Me" Gizmodo 11:05 AM
  • "Bloomberg: Apple developing Snapchat competitor" Six Colors 7:46 AM
  • "Apple Working on Video-Sharing Social Network App for Launch in 2017" MacRumors 7:33 AM
  • "Apple to take on Snapchat, Facebook in 2017 with new iPhone video editing app - report" AppleInsider 7:33 AM
  • "$19 billion: the 'worst-case' bill Apple could face in long-running European tax investigation" 9to5Mac 8:19 AM
  • "What You Need to Know about the U.S. Defending Apple's European Taxes" The Mac Observer 7:12 AM
  • "Why Samsung Needs To Dump Android" Mac360 8:30 AM
  • "Will we ever be able to go entirely laptop free?" BetaNews 7:33 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Samsung Gear S2 and Gear Fit 2 gain iOS compatibility in limited beta program" 9to5Google 3:12 PM
  • "BookBook Releases SurfacePad, BookBook & BookBook Rutledge Edition For iPad Pro 9.7-Inch" MacPrices 12:01 PM
  • "DJI debuts iPhone-connected Osmo+ camera with zoom & other enhancements" AppleInsider 11:05 AM
  • "Best alternatives to Apple's Magic Keyboard" iMore 11:05 AM
  • "Spigen rolls the dice, launches 33 protective cases for Apple's unannounced 'iPhone 7' lineup" AppleInsider 11:05 AM
  • "Apple Maps team enhances Japanese station data, setting stage for transit directions in iOS 10" AppleInsider 8:58 AM
  • "Anglr is Fitbit for fishing" TechCrunch 8:58 AM
  • "J.D. Power ranks Apple's iTunes below average for customer satisfcation among video services" 9to5Mac 10:57 AM
  • "Streaming Video Customer Satisfaction Highest When Paired with Pay TV Subscription, J.D. Power Finds: Netflix Ranks Highest among Paid TV Streaming Video Services" PRNewswire 7:16 AM
  • "BizWireTV Launches on Apple TV, iPhone and Android Devices" Business Wire 7:15 AM
  • "ThingThing iOS keyboard app adds meeting invites to woo Sunrise users" TechCrunch 7:09 AM
  • "Full Fat releases v2.0 update to Blocky Football for the 2016-17 Season" prMac 7:39 AM
  • "Assets Generator Plus 1.0 - Create Icon Asset Catalogs in Seconds" prMac 7:09 AM
  • "Clean Text 1.0 for iOS - Reduce Text Cleanup and Editing Time" prMac 7:09 AM
  • "Style 1.0 Creates Artistic Interpretations of Photos and Videos" prMac 7:09 AM
  • "Mondly launches first voice Chatbot for learning new languages" prMac 7:09 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Excel blamed for gene study errors" BBC 6:52 AM
  • "Windows 10 update breaks PowerShell and Microsoft won't fix it until next week" ZDNet 10:25 AM
  • "Amazon Kindle devices are crashing Windows 10 PCs with the Anniversary Update" TechRadar UK 10:26 AM
  • "Windows 10 Anniversary Update crashes when a Kindle is plugged in" Neowin 10:17 AM
  • "Microsoft Garage formally announces Cache" Neowin 7:00 AM
  • "Skype now supports bots on Android devices with latest app update" WinBeta 10:18 AM
  • "Microsoft offers free Windows Server 2016 licenses to VMware switchers" ZDNet 10:18 AM
  • "HP Could Return to Growth in Fiscal 2018" Barron's 3:10 PM
  • "HP Revenue Slips on Weaker Demand for Printers" FOXBusiness 7:14 AM
  • "HP built a privacy screen into its EliteBook laptops: Thwart all the creepers with the company's new Sure View tech." Engadget 7:04 AM
  • "HP Introduces Built-In Privacy Screen Filter" Social Barrel 7:02 AM
  • "HP Sure View brings a built-in privacy screen to EliteBook laptops: Good news for HP laptop users still living with mum" The Inquirer 6:59 AM
  • "HP's Sure View screens strive to stop shoulder surfing: Press F2 and the person next to you on the plane won't be able to read your screen." Ars Technica 6:47 AM
  • "HP laptop blocks over-shoulder snooping" BBC 3:15 PM
  • "Laptops using Intel's next budget processors will suffer from one big flaw" TechRadar UK 10:26 AM
  • "AMD reveals trio of Alienware PCs featuring Polaris graphics cards" Hexus 10:26 AM
  • "IBM will emphasize Watson and AI at new cloud computing center in South Korea" GeekWire 3:11 PM
  • "IBM Takes Aim at Intel With Upcoming Power9 Chips" eWeek 7:03 AM
  • "IBM, SK launch cloud datacentre in South Korea" ZDNet 7:00 AM
  • "IBM details next-gen Power 9, will take the fight to Intel's data center strongholds" ExtremeTech 10:30 AM
  • "International Business Machines Corp.'s Best Business Segment So Far In 2016: Big Blue is growing across its key business segments, but one in particular warrants monitoring in the months and years ahead." The Motley Fool 10:25 AM
  • "Oracle pushing hard for Android-Java re-retrial while Google fails to justify its lies to the jury" Foss Patents 3:53 PM
  • "Cisco starts patching firewall devices against NSA-linked exploit: Cisco has released some fixed versions of its Adaptive Security Appliance firewalls, and more patches are expected" Computerworld New Zealand 12:52 PM
  • "Wireless Broadband Alliance Launches WiFi Roaming Project: The Wireless Broadband Alliance's City WiFi Roaming project aims to provide public WiFi users in cities around the globe with the ability to roam between different public wireless networks. Some of the host cities that are part of this public, private partnership include New York, San Francisco, and San Jose." InformationWeek 12:15 PM
  • "Health IT Pros Worried About Mobile Security Threats" eWeek 12:51 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Will Apple Stock Be Helped By Video Sharing App?" TheStreet 7:47 AM
  • "Short Interest in Apple Rises a Modest 1 Million Shares" 24/7 Wall St. 7:46 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks slip as investors freeze up ahead of Yellen speech: Health care sector leads the decline" MarketWatch 5:27 PM
  • "Stocks Break Lower in Choppy Trade on Fed Jitters: Stocks break into the red by mid-afternoon Thursday after a choppy morning as Federal Reserve members head to Jackson Hole, Wyo., for their closely watched summer summit." TheStreet 5:27 PM
  • "Stocks drop for 2nd day as Yellen speech looms" USA Today 5:26 PM
  • "Wall St Slips on Healthcare, Consumer names; Fed Eyed" Reuters 5:26 PM
  • "Stocks Slip as Investors Look to Fed's Jackson Hole Meeting: U.S. stocks drifted lower Thursday, with market attention focused on the Federal Reserve's annual meeting at Jackson Hole, Wyo." [Paid Membership Required] 5:26 PM
  • "Asian stocks meander as investors stay on Yellen watch" MarketWatch 7:17 AM
  • "European stocks slide after surprise drop in German business confidence" MarketWatch 7:17 AM

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