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Friday Highlights: Quartz and CNNMoney investigate why Apple is investing heavily in wind turbines in China; yet another Apple Store robbery prompts headline "Apple has a serious security issue..." on hand; Kirk McElhearn proves Safari is "too demanding of memory resources" in his latest Macworld column; Apple ordered by Denmark court to replace iPhone of man with new, not refurbished model; Apple analyst Gene Munster to leave Piper Jaffray; to combat piracy, forthcoming Super Mario Run will require always-on internet connection to play; Digital Spy says new MacBook Pro Touch Bar, "the best laptop ever made just changed the scene forever"; Jonny Evans pulls 15 things we didn't know from the Get a Mac campaign.

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  • "Apple's Mysterious AirPods Delay Marks Rare Misstep: Months after trumpeting its breakthrough, Apple hasn't made AirPods available in time for the critical holiday season" [Paid Membership Required] 10:34 AM
  • "Apple just invested in China's largest wind-turbine maker to power its supply chain: What does an iPhone have in common with a wind turbine in rural China? Apple is behind them both."  Quartz 7:14 AM
  • "Why Apple is investing in wind turbines in China" CNNMoney 6:55 AM
  • "Apple shows seriousness about clean energy, invests in China's largest wind-turbine maker" Mashable 7:04 AM
  • "Apple has a serious security issue as another one of its stores gets robbed"  The Next Web 7:05 AM
  • "Apple: earning the wrath of Steve" ["As much as I like the new MacBook Pro, I can't help imagining Apple as a person making this presentation to Steve. When it's finished, Apple sits back with a smug smile, expecting praise. Instead, it gets broadsided. 'That's it?' Steve says. 'You could have done this one year after the last Mac event. What have you been doing for the last four years?' Like those who tried before, Apple can't wiggle out of this one."]  Ken Segall's Observatory 10:15 AM
  • "Report on Government Information Requests" Apple [6-page PDF] 11:32 AM
  • "New Apple Report suggests governments everywhere are demanding customer data" Apple Must 11:33 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.2 to Developers & Public Beta Testers" MacTrast 7:41 AM
  • "Google starts using HTML5 by default instead of Flash for some Chrome users" VentureBeat 2:55 PM
  • "It's time for Safari to go on a memory diet: Safari is a very capable web browser, but it's too demanding of memory resources." Macworld 6:40 AM
  • "5 of the Silliest Uses of Touch Bar on MacBook Pro" OS X Daily 12:42 PM
  • "How to open apps from unidentified developers on macOS Sierra" iMore 9:42 AM
  • "Living Earth On Mac, iPhone, And iPad" Mac360 7:26 AM
Press Releases
  • "There's a tiny piano app for the MacBook Pro Touch Bar: At least your cat will make some music while it tramples over your keyboard." Engadget 1:51 PM
  • "Cisdem Releases PDFCompressor 3 to Smartly Reduce PDF Size on Mac" Cisdem 7:43 AM
  • "New Motion and Visualization Features Headline 2017 Release of solidThinking Inspire and Evolve" Architosh 6:23 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "In Denmark, Apple loses court case over refurbished phone" Associated Press 9:40 AM
  • "Danish Court Rules Apple Must Replace Man's iPhone With New Rather Than Refurbished Model" MacRumors 9:40 AM
  • "Apple Analyst Gene Munster Leaving Piper to Start VC Firm" Bloomberg 6:41 AM
  • "Gene Munster Leaving Piper Jaffray To Launch VC Firm" Benzinga 6:41 AM
  • "A consumer protection group alleges iPhone batteries have exploded in China" Mashable 6:08 PM
  • "New photos offer an inside peek at Apple's 'spaceship' Campus 2" Digital Spy 7:13 AM
  • "Has Samsung, er, rounded the corner with Apple court win? Little ray of sunshine as Sammy recovers from Galaxy blows" The Register 7:16 AM
  • "Shigeru Miyamoto, Live at the SoHo Apple Store Event in NYC, on Nintendo History and 'Super Mario Run'" Touch Arcade 6:55 AM
  • "Super Mario Run's always-on Internet requirement could ruin the fun for many gamers: Ian Paul" Macworld 10:38 AM
  • "Super Mario Run requires a persistent internet connection to play, no offline mode due to piracy concerns" 9to5Mac 6:41 AM
  • "UGH! Super Mario Run Will Require an Internet Connection to Play - No Internet, No Play" MacTrast 10:18 AM
  • "Watch an Apple store being robbed in 12 seconds" CNET 7:04 AM
  • "15 things you never knew about Apple's 'Get a Mac' campaign" Computerworld 9:33 AM
  • "Twitter accidentally pushes confusing @username change to all iOS users, now withdrawn" 9to5Mac 6:41 AM
  • "Tim Cook to give commencement speech at MIT next summer: Apple's CEO will send off the graduating class of 2017 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology." CNET 3:37 PM
  • "Apple Watch gets two new holiday ads focused on fitness" Cult of Mac 6:07 PM
  • "Watch: Unboxing Apple's 'Shot On iPhone' 2016 Book [Video] Redmond Pie 9:50 AM
  • "Original 2007 iPhone 2G Vs First Android Phone Google G1 [Video] Redmond Pie 8:34 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple opens its Grand Central, New York store" Cult of Mac 9:43 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Obama Orders Investigation of Russian Hacking Efforts" PC Magazine 9:10 PM
  • "How Snapchat managed not to fade like a vanishing photo" Associated Press 8:41 PM
  • "The inventor of Bluetooth on where wireless is going next" Engadget 5:51 PM
  • "Bluetooth 5: It's All About the Internet of Things" The Mac Observer 5:50 PM
  • "Verizon refuses to release update that would kill Samsung's Note 7: 'We do not want to make it impossible to contact family, first responders or medical professionals in an emergency situation.'" The Verge 12:02 PM
  • "Samsung Announces Update That Will Brick All Galaxy Note 7 Devices in America, Verizon Refuses to Release It" iClarified 8:41 PM
  • "Samsung Is About to Brick Every Galaxy Note 7 in America" Gizmodo 10:18 AM
  • "Hello Moto: Timely Android 7 Nougat update propels Z Force Droid over the Google Pixel XL" ZDNet 9:43 AM
  • "The 'Apple of China' might be launching an electric vehicle on Monday" Business Insider 6:40 AM
  • "Hulu aims to avoid mix of chocolate, peanut butter with new profiles" Six Colors 6:40 AM
  • "The Episode Show Before 'Super Mario Run' - The TouchArcade Show #285" Touch Arcade 8:41 PM
  • "Apple Shares AI Research, Listener Comments -TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-09" The Mac Observer 12:48 PM
  • "Why Apple's done chasing hit products, this week on The CultCastCult of Mac 9:42 AM
  • "AppleInsider podcast goes hands-on with 13" MacBook Pro & Powerbeats3, talks 'iPhone 7s' rumors" AppleInsider 7:55 AM
  • "iPhone Screen Makers Have a Blurry Future: The race to supply OLED screens to Apple could hurt suppliers" [Paid Membership Required] 2:29 PM
  • "The iPhone is still the only phone that matters" BGR 2:38 PM
  • "iPhone power plug knock-offs are a fire hazard: Virtually none of the third-party chargers that were tested met safety standards" Network World 7:16 AM
  • "Apple Leaks Reveal New iPhone Price Changes" Forbes 7:04 AM
  • "Apple iPhone 8 Curved OLED Patent Shows New Features" Know Your Mobile 7:13 AM
  • "Expel water from your iPhone speaker grille using only sound" Cult of Mac 7:04 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:14 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:14 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:14 AM

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  • "Apple MacBook Pro Touch Bar Review: the best laptop ever made just changed the scene forever" Digital Spy 7:12 AM
  • "Google Home vs Amazon Echo vs Apple Home: Microsoft Home Hub could compete with Amazon Echo" IT PRO 7:13 AM
  • "2456MB/s Thunderbolt 3 using a Budget Blade" Bare Feats 1:26 PM
  • "Review: Add 256GB Of Storage In Seconds To The MacBook Pro With Transcend's JetDrive Lite 360" MacTrast 3:26 PM
  • "Review: Furbo is an iPhone & Apple Watch-controlled, treat dispensing security camera for your dogs" 9to5Mac 10:00 AM
  • "Mangobeat Amplifies iPhone Volume Naturally and Sustainably" TidBITS 3:26 PM
  • "SMK-Link USB-C Multi Port Hub review: This hub has every port you need for your new MacBook Pro" CNET 7:09 AM
  • "iHome iSP8 SmartPlug review: The iHome SmartPlug gives renters a taste of the smart-home dream" CNET 7:09 AM
  • "The Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Dimmable Light works well, but lacks Apple Home compatibility" Apple World Today 7:45 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Clean Text 1.0 review: Now even mobile devices can scrub untidy copy/iOS utility helps reduce the amount of time spent editing text to fix common problems such as extraneous line breaks or spaces, remove empty lines, join paragraphs, and more." Macworld 9:42 AM
  • "Hands-On With the 'Super Mario Run' Demo" Touch Arcade 6:55 AM
  • "Our favorites: iOS/Mac Games" Six Colors 12:01 PM
  • "Brain teasing iPhone puzzler is Tetris with rings" Cult of Mac 9:42 AM
  • "How to ensure a call will ALWAYS get through to you" Mac Kung Fu 2:08 PM
  • "How to Use Tapback in Messages on iPhone & iPad" OS X Daily 1:51 PM
  • "Help! Pictures I didn't take keep appearing in my camera roll!" Mac Kung Fu 12:42 PM
  • "Use On an iPad or iPhone" MacMost 11:37 AM
  • "How to block a number on iPhone" IT PRO 7:13 AM
  • "How to connect the Apple Cinema Display to the new MacBook Pro: Older Apple displays can't pass the necessary signal through a Thunderbolt 2–to–Thunderbolt 3 adapter, but Mini DisplayPort adapters are on the way." Macworld 7:11 AM
  • "Want better iPhone photos? Shoot raw: Raw photos give you more control when editing images. If you have a newer iPhone and iOS 10, here's how to get started." CNET 7:05 AM
  • "How to find out which third-party apps on your iPhone support Siri" iDownload Blog 6:55 AM
  • "How to Find All of the Selfies on Your iPhone" Time 6:41 AM
  • "iOS 10: Tips and hidden secrets/Most of these tips should work on all iPhones or iPads that support iOS 10, but note that some are only available on newer devices." ZDNet 9:42 AM
  • "32 tips and tricks for Google Photos: Got Google Photos? This guide will help you get around the service like a pro." Computerworld 7:03 AM
  • "Apple Loop: New iPhone 8 Leaks, Serious iOS Bugs, Apple's Growing iPhone Problem" Forbes 8:36 PM
  • "Unboxing Apple's Ugliest Mac" 512 Pixels 6:05 PM
  • "Ken Segall: What Has Apple Been Doing All These Years?" The Mac Observer 8:30 PM
  • "A Fascinating, Realistic Glimpse: What Would Steve Jobs Have Done?" The Mac Observer 5:51 PM
  • "Rush Limbaugh: Is Apple losing their edge?" MacDailyNews 3:14 PM
  • "Why I Left MacOS for a Surface Book: Windows has a chance to steal creative types away from the Mac platform. Here's why I switched."  PC Magazine 2:29 PM
  • "WSJ Report on Apple's Mysterious AirPods Delay" Daring Fireball 6:08 PM
  • "Apple's AirPods are nowhere to be seen, or heard: Apple will miss the critical holiday shopping season." Macworld 6:08 PM
  • "Evan Rachel Wood reveals that Siri is a bit of a Westworld fan" 9to5Mac 9:42 AM
  • "Messaging Madness... Which Services Do You Use?" Low End Mac 9:41 AM
  • "The Future Of Apple TV" Mac360 9:34 AM
  • "iPhone 7's Big Failure" NoodleMac 9:34 AM
  • "Apple And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Badly Hidden Secret" Mac360 9:34 AM
  • "Watch Out. Samsung Could Soon Become The Apple Inc. Of Your Nightmares" Forbes 7:05 AM
  • "The Apple Watch doesn't have to trade fashion for fitness: True, the ultra-luxe gold Edition is a thing of the past, but the fitness-forward Series 2 still packs plenty of style." Macworld 6:41 AM
  • "Unpacked for Friday, December 9th, 2016" Tech.pinions [Insider Content] 6:40 AM
  • "Opinion: Google's 'Magic Minute' marketing campaign simply highlights that Android Wear is practically useless" 9to5Google 8:36 PM
  • "Microsoft's Surface Book isn't the dream video-editing machine I hoped for" The Verge 2:29 PM
  • "Taking the headphone jack off phones is user-hostile and stupid when Samsung does it too: Bad ideas are bad ideas"  The Verge 2:28 PM
  • "Amazon won't shake up your neighboring store any time soon: This year has been full of rumors that Amazon wants to open lots of new stores. The reality is likely different." CNET 7:33 AM
  • "'Reality' of Magic Leap could be further away than we thought" Engadget 7:14 AM
  • "What Pokemon Taught Me About the Cloud" The Next Web 7:13 AM
  • "Lenovo Yoga Book review: A keyless keyboard that will get you talking, not typing" Ars Technica 6:55 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Gmail App for iOS Now Lets You Copy/Paste Rich Content Into Messages, Mark Read/Unread, More" iClarified 8:51 PM
  • "Coming December 10: Gene Steinberg meets author Bob 'Dr. Mac' LeVitus and The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 5:56 PM
  • "Here's why the iPad Mini 2 still makes a great gift: The iPad Mini 2 has most of the Apple goodies you love, while being the cheapest iPad you can buy." CNET 3:37 PM
  • "Apple's first original documentary '808: The Movie' now available for Apple Music subscribers" 9to5Mac 2:28 PM
  • "The TV App Just Hit the iOS App Store - But There's a Catch" AppAdvice 2:08 PM
  • "[Retro Winter Sports 1986] The Tribute to the Great Sports Games From the '80s Is Now Available on iOS and Android" Headup Games 11:35 AM
  • "A small startup just launched the first AR headset for iPhone" Business Insider 10:54 AM
  • "Dejal introduces Date Stamp - Customizable Stickers for iMessage" prMac 10:38 AM
  • "DietSensor App Targeting Diabetes and Obesity Launches in the Apple App Store" MacPrices 9:46 AM
  • "Runkeeper update allows Apple Watch Series 2 & Nike+ users to track iPhone-free runs via GPS" AppleInsider 9:40 AM
  • "Premium Wireless Audio Gift Guide: a sound choice for the music lovers in your life" 9to5Mac 7:55 AM
  • "Apple's CarPlay is now available in more than 200 different models" The Verge 6:55 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Here's what Microsoft wants to do with LinkedIn" TechRadar UK 8:03 AM
  • "Microsoft's vision for LinkedIn about tying business data into services" Tech Central 8:05 AM
  • "Microsoft's $26.2 Billion LinkedIn Acquisition Now Officially Closed" Tech Times 8:09 AM
  • "How LinkedIn will invade Windows and Office" IT PRO 8:23 AM
  • "Microsoft Completes The $26.2 Billion LinkedIn Acquisition" Techtree 7:58 AM
  • "Microsoft seals US$26bil LinkedIn deal; now comes the hard part" The Star: Malaysia 7:40 AM
  • "Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Cumulative Update KB3201845" Softpedia 8:07 AM
  • "Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference is now Microsoft Inspire" MS Power User 8:00 AM
  • "Intel, Microsoft going long distance with Cortana on Windows 10 PCs" IDG News Service 1:58 PM
  • "ATO reveals 2014-15 tax bills for Apple, Microsoft, Google, Telstra, IBM and more" CRN 7:30 AM
  • "IBM and Rice University create prototype of Watson-enabled robot for assisting elderly people" News Medical 7:30 AM
  • "IBM India revenue shoots up 10% in 2015-16" IndiaTimes 7:30 AM
  • "CCI rejects complaint against HP on laptop sale, service" CNBC 7:27 AM
  • "How Samsung, Dell are reinventing IT products" GreenBiz 7:26 AM
  • "Dell retains PC sales leadership in Brazil" ZDNet 1:52 PM
  • "Dell Technologies warns of 'short-term disruption' as it integrates channel" CRN UK 7:25 AM
  • "Dell posts strong PC sales, but servers slump" MarketWatch 7:25 AM
  • "Intel Kaby Lake-X & Skylake-X specs, features & details revealed; Extreme processors to debut in Gamescom 2017" International Business Times 7:23 AM
  • "Qisda to cooperate with Intel to promote IoT" DigiTimes 7:23 AM
  • "Driver-update: AMD Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 16.12.1" tweakers 7:21 AM
  • "AMD Crimson ReLive Radeon Update Boosts Performance, Reduces Power Consumption" Tech Times 7:21 AM
  • "Oracle Competitor Amazon Empowers AWS for Ongoing AI Wave" Market Realist 6:06 PM
  • "Cisco Wins Another Patent Ruling Against Arista: ITC could decide to order ban on imports of company's hardware" [Paid Membership Required] 8:33 PM
  • "U.S. trade judge rules Arista infringes more Cisco network patents" Reuters 9:10 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "'Super Mario Run' Seems to be a Hit With Investors" Touch Arcade 8:33 PM
  • "Wall Street Firm Says Apple Remains One of the World's Most Unappreciated Stocks" MacRumors 2:28 PM
  • "3 Reasons to Own Apple Stock in Retirement" Kiplinger 9:40 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close at record as S&P 500 logs longest win streak since 2014: Dow industrials extend gains for fifth week" MarketWatch 3:47 PM
  • "Dow, in Another Record Close, Ends With Weekly Gains for Fifth Consecutive Week: The Dow Jones Industrial Average roared to new records on Friday and ended with weekly gains for the fifth time in a row." TheStreet 3:47 PM
  • "Stocks soar as year-end rally gains steam" USA Today 3:47 PM
  • "Stocks Rally, Notch 3% Gains for the Week" Reuters 3:47 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Close at Record Highs; Dow 1.2% From 20000: Rally continues ahead of next week's Federal Reserve meeting" [Paid Membership Required] 3:46 PM
  • "Asian markets mostly gain, shaking off ECB easing: Asian stock market reaction to perceived policy easing by the European Central Bank was mostly positive, even as currencies in the region took a hit." MarketWatch 8:29 AM
  • "Stoxx Europe 600 ends higher, scores best week in almost 2 years: European stocks rallied on Friday, with the benchmark index scoring a fifth straight day of gains as investors largely continued to cheer the European Central Bank's decision to extend its stimulus efforts." MarketWatch 12:46 PM

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