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Friday Highlights: Apple has found itself on the losing end of VirnetX's patent battle, and now the patent firm is seeking more monetary damages as well as suspension of iMessage and FaceTime claiming "irreparable harm"; Apple hard at work bringing Apple Pay to more European and Asian countries; and perhaps a "loyalty program" for Apple Pay is a quick way the company can bring more users into the program; Samsung not sitting still, though, intends to bring SamsungPay Mini to iOS next month; GuruFocus questions whether Apple's $1 billion investment in Didi is more about R&D than a tie-up; CNET reporting that the Apple TV set to rival Amazon Echo will be able to see you thanks to facial recognition technology; Business Insider posts leaked document detailing the importance of Apple's datacenter in Ireland; iTunes guy runs through changes in latest iTunes 12.4 for OS X; Congress apparently not considering a mandatory encryption bill "despite Apple case spotlight"; major government study links cell phone radiation to cancer; mad scientist Rob-ART Morgan looks at the Razer Core GPU Expander for Razer laptop, calls for Apple to release one for MacBooks to expand gaming powers.

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  • "Apple fights call to block Facetime and iMessage: A patent-licensing firm is seeking to force Apple to suspend its Facetime and iMessage services claiming it has suffered 'irreparable harm' as a result of the tech giant's actions."  BBC 8:12 AM
  • "Apple is 'working rapidly' to launch Apple Pay in more countries in Asia and Europe" TechCrunch 7:04 AM
  • "Apple's route to virtual reality: A series of subtle indicators hint that Apple is indeed taking VR seriously, and is laying the groundwork for a future product in the space" Recode 7:48 AM
  • "Is Apple's Didi Investment More About R&D Than Tie-Ups?" GuruFocus 7:59 AM
  • "Apple Signals Interest in Producing Original Content: Apple has expressed interest in purchasing one of the largest traditional cable companies, illustrating its interest to further enter the lucrative original content arena."  TheStreet 8:00 AM
  • "Apple's Echo rival could see you with built-in camera: The company has been exploring the inclusion of facial-recognition tech in its upcoming device, sources tell CNET." CNET 8:11 AM
  • "Apple TV may be working on Amazon Echo rival" CNBC Videos 8:00 AM
  • "This document explains why Apple's Irish data centre is so important to the company"  Business Insider 8:13 AM
  • "Ask the iTunes Guy: Changes in iTunes 12.4" Macworld 8:06 AM
  • "iTunes 12.4 Applies Song Ratings to Albums and Destroys Smart Playlists" Kirkville 7:10 AM
  • "Customizing the toolbar in your Mac Finder window" iDownload Blog 7:48 AM
  • "Manage Mac Passwords For Free" Mac 360 6:52 AM
  • "The Coolest Timer App Ever For The Mac's Dock Is Just Nice" TeraTalks 6:52 AM
  • "Apple discussion talks about update, installation and compatibility issues with OS X, plus a trick for consolidating Apple IDs, a tip about improving Yosemite's system font and notes on Yosemite performance vs. El Capitan performance." MacInTouch 8:20 AM
  • "El Capitan notes talk about storage and startup compatibility issues between Mac OS X and OS X versions, along with Unix command-line programs that cover holes in Apple's Disk Utility app, plus issues with the Messages app, and more." MacInTouch 8:20 AM
  • "10 Siri for Mac features I hope to see in OS X 10.12" iDownload Blog 7:48 AM
Press Releases
  • "First ever Mac Frame rate counter released" Mac Gamer HQ 9:50 AM
  • "Rocket League is still coming to the Mac" Mac Gamer HQ 9:50 AM
  • "Folx 5.0 released for OS X - New Features and a Redesigned Interface" prMac 7:03 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "The next logical step for Apple Pay: a loyalty program"  Quartz 11:01 AM
  • "How Many Hours Does an iPhone Cost?" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:43 AM
  • "SamsungPay Mini to Be Released in Next Month: Samsung Electronics is releasing 'SamsungPay Mini' in next month at the earliest to increase percentage of online payments. It can be used on Android phones as well as iPhones." Electronic Times: Korea 10:00 AM
  • "Samsung to bring web-based 'SamsungPay Mini' to iPhones - report" AppleInsider 10:01 AM
  • "Push for encryption law falters despite Apple case spotlight" Reuters 8:07 AM
  • "Congress won't consider mandatory encryption bill after Apple battle - report" AppleInsider 9:00 AM
  • "Apple Expands iPhone Trade Up Program to France, Italy, and Spain" MacRumors 8:06 AM
  • "'Trade Up with Installments' iPhone program expands to France, Italy and Spain" iDownload Blog 8:13 AM
  • "Steve Jobs is now selling tea/Technically Incorrect: A Polish drinks brand features the Apple co-founder on the box for its cherry-rum tea." CNET 7:47 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook begins tracking non-users around the internet" The Verge 8:08 AM
  • "A major study just linked cell phones to cancer in rats — here's what you need to know" Business Insider 9:50 AM
  • "'Game-Changing' Study Links Cellphone Radiation to Cancer: It's the moment we've all been dreading."  Mother Jones 8:21 AM
  • "Using your phone could give you cancer, says major new study: 'Where people were saying there's no risk, I think this ends that kind of statement'" The Independent 8:00 AM
  • "Cellphone-Cancer Link Found in Government Study: Multiyear, peer-reviewed study found 'low incidences' of two types of tumors in male rats exposed to type of radio frequencies commonly emitted by cellphones" [Paid Membership Required] 7:43 AM
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks about the latest rumors in MacBook, Siri, 'AppleTV 5' and 'iPhone 7' rumors" AppleInsider 8:06 AM
  • "iPhone 8 will be all glass: Apple supplier confirms rumours of radical redesign for iPhone's 10th anniversary" Mirror Online UK 8:07 AM
  • "AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule Out of Stock at U.S. Apple Stores" MacRumors 10:01 AM
  • "Apple patent points to Minority Report-style system operation" ZDNet 9:49 AM
  • "Notifications not forwarding to Apple Watch? Check these likely causes" iDownload Blog 7:48 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:51 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:51 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:51 AM

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  • "OtterBox Universe Review: Modular Case and Accessories Transform Your iPhone/No need to remove your case to connect gadgets from OlloClip, SanDisk, PolarPro and more" [Paid Membership Required] 9:25 AM
  • "Razer Core GPU Expander To Razer Blade Stealth laptop via Thunderbolt 3xThe Razer Blade Stealth got our attention for at least two reasons: Thunderbolt 3 and optional external GPU expander called 'Core.' We finally got our hands on the Razer Core and installed an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti desktop GPU to see what would happen. And we compared those results with the same GTX 980 Ti inside a 2010 Mac Pro tower running both OS X and Windows." Bare Feats 9:02 AM
  • "I used an un-wearable stress tracker for a week — and it gave me some insight into where the industry is headed" Business Insider 10:07 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "The Roll review: iPhone app takes intelligent charge of your Camera Roll" Macworld 11:00 AM
  • "'Mazes Of Karradash 2' Review - Go Big Or Go Home" Touch Arcade 11:00 AM
  • "How to manage Game Center on iPhone and iPad" iMore 8:00 AM
  • "10 tips for new and prospective MacBook owners [Video] 9to5Mac 9:25 AM
  • "8 ways to handle Web pages iOS users need to know" Computerworld 9:21 AM
  • "The Pros And Cons of Travelling With an Apple TV" About 6:52 AM
  • "Trump Needn't Bother Apple About Manufacturing In America: Foxconn Replaces 60,000 With Robots" Forbes 11:00 AM
  • "WWDC 2016: 40 mostly credible rumors (abridged)" Apple Must 10:57 AM
  • "22 Android-only apps that will make your iPhone friends jealous" Business Insider 9:47 AM
  • "Comment: Google's use of Android's Material Design in iOS apps is dumb as well as rude" 9to5Mac 9:00 AM
  • "Apple TV as a smart home hub? I think not" iMore 8:12 AM
  • "Why a revamped Apple TV can't truly be an Echo killer" BGR 8:07 AM
  • "The similarity of differences.: Google held its annual I/O conference recently, and unveiled some extremely interesting developments for the year to come. Focused ever more heavily on data processing and machine learning, its AI initiatives are being inserted into many of their products, and creating some new ones in the process." Greetings from the Grid 7:47 AM
  • "EMV rules ruining Apple Pay: Trader Joe's and Whole Foods are the latest retailers to see the Apple Pay experience bedeviled by EMV rules"  Computerworld 7:13 AM
  • "10 struggles iPhone users will never understand" Greenbot 7:12 AM
  • "Apple Phone Or iPod Phone. Could Either Be A Budget Handset?" Low End Mac 7:10 AM
  • "Inside Apple's Heart" Mac 360 6:52 AM
  • "Microsoft is Desperate to Force Customers to Upgrade to Windows 10" The Tech Night Owl 8:24 AM
  • "Why Amazon is the king of innovation: Online retail mastery" ZDNet 8:24 AM
  • "Three reasons why AI is taking off right now (and what you need to do about it)" ZDNet 8:09 AM
  • "Time for Google to have Consumer-Facing Customer Service" Tech.pinions 7:10 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Google brings Accelerated Mobile Pages to its iOS app" The Next Web 11:00 AM
  • "Google's app for iOS gets 10% faster, AMP support, and sports highlights in Now cards" VentureBeat 11:00 AM
  • "Google's iOS app gains Accelerated Mobile Pages, sports highlight videos in Now cards" iDownload Blog 10:08 AM
  • "Best iPhone cases for people with kids" iMore 9:25 AM
  • "ADATA's Charge/Sync 2-in-1 can possibly reduce the number of cables you need" Apple World Today 7:52 AM
  • "Apple TV debuts new apps for NBCU's Bravo, Syfy and E!" Cult of Mac 7:52 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Satya Nadella Promises Microsoft's Support for Indonesian Developers" Jakarta Globe 8:24 AM
  • "ACLU Files To Join Microsoft Lawsuit Against DOJ Over Data Requests And Gag Orders" Tech Times 8:45 AM
  • "Microsoft and Facebook want to speed up the Web with a 160 Tbps transatlantic cable" The Next Web 8:43 AM
  • "Facebook and Microsoft team up to build undersea internet cable over 4,000 miles long" The Independent 8:27 AM
  • "Microsoft and Facebook building world's highest-capacity undersea cable" The Inquirer 8:17 AM
  • "Microsoft and Facebook to lay a huge subsea cable across the Atlantic" Gizmag 8:16 AM
  • "Microsoft and Facebook to build a high-speed underwater cable connecting the U.S. to Europe" Mashable 8:13 AM
  • "Microsoft, Facebook to build Atlantic cable" Telecompaper 8:09 AM
  • "Microsoft And Facebook Join Hands For Undersea Cable" Techtree 8:06 AM
  • "Windows 10 Build 1607 Shows Up in Microsoft Docs, Likely to Be Redstone 'RTM'" Softpedia 8:30 AM
  • "New Windows 10 beta build 14352 holds a few pleasant surprises" InfoWorld 8:46 AM
  • "Microsoft is now previewing Hyper-V Containers on Windows 10 with build 14352" WinBeta 8:16 AM
  • "HP just officially made backpack VR computers a trend" The Verge 7:58 AM
  • "HP has a backpack for VR coming, and it's equal parts cool and stupid" The Next Web 7:57 AM
  • "HP Wows with Omen X VR Backpack Concept" Tom's Guide 7:56 AM
  • "Strap a VR rig to your back with HP's Omen X VR PC Pack concept" CNET 7:56 AM
  • "HP announces a backpack PC for VR gaming you can strap to your back" Windows Central 7:55 AM
  • "HP and MSI's backpacks put a new spin on VR" TechRadar UK 7:54 AM
  • "The Full Nerd Episode 1: Intel's Skull Canyon NUC and GeForce GTX 1070 vs. GTX 1080" PCWorld 7:39 AM
  • "Intel's buys Itseez to give autonomous cars 20:20 vision" SiliconRepublic 7:48 AM
  • "Intel buys into machine learning and IoT with Itseez acquisition |" Telecoms 7:40 AM
  • "Intel Diving Deeper Into IoT And Self-Driving Cars With Itseez Computer Vision Startup Acquisition" Tech Times 7:39 AM
  • "Intel acquires computer vision firm Itseez for IoT and automated car tech" V3 7:38 AM
  • "We see what you're up to, Intel, with your eye-o-tee vision" The Register 7:37 AM
  • "Amd Discloses Impressive Zen Performance" VR World 7:34 AM
  • "Cisco WebEx Meeting Center Lets Remote Users Determine Valid Usernames on the Target System" Security Tracker 7:30 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Opinion: Why Apple shares are ripe for picking" MarketWatch 7:59 AM
  • "Apple Shares Soar 9% on News of Warren Buffett Stake in Company" MacRumors 7:11 AM
  • "Warren Buffett's $1B investment in AAPL sees stock climb back up 9%, above $100" 9to5Mac 8:13 AM
Industry News
  • "Caution puts lid on U.S. stock futures ahead of Yellen speech: U.S. stock futures inched higher on Friday, with investors hesitant to make major moves ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen and a long holiday weekend." MarketWatch 7:22 AM
  • "Stock Futures Edge Higher Ahead of GDP Revisions: Stock futures edged higher on Friday morning ahead of the first revision to first-quarter economic growth estimates." TheStreet 7:21 AM
  • "Stocks: 4 things to know before the open/The markets look tame right now, but they may not stay that way." CNNMoney 7:21 AM
  • "9 'ninja' stocks spring out of the shadows: The stock market's stealth rally has caught many investors off guard - especially with some ninja stocks hardly anyone could've known were ready to spring." USA Today 7:16 AM
  • "Piecing Together the Economic-Growth Puzzle: January 2016 saw the worst start to a new year ever in the markets, but recent economic data have shown just how resilient the world's biggest economy has been." FOXBusiness 7:11 AM
  • "Oil Prices Poised to Hit Sweet Spot: On Thursday oil prices rose above $50 a barrel, putting crude back within a range between $50 and $60 in which almost everybody benefits, economists and investors say." [Paid Membership Required] 7:07 AM
  • "Asian shares log third straight week of gains: Financial stocks rose across Asia on Friday ahead of expected comments from U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen, while an oil-led rally in Australia helped the market notch its seventh straight week of gains." MarketWatch 7:07 AM
  • "European stocks edge lower with Yellen speech ahead: European stocks slipped Friday, as investors waited for a speech by U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen that could indicate whether an interest rate rise is imminent." MarketWatch 7:06 AM

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