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Thursday Highlights: Bloomberg article probes whether or not Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook should be broken up, suggesting they are responsible for some of "U.S. economy's most persistent ailments"; with Apple's stance on encryption, and changes to iCloud, the company is on a "collison course with governments seeking access to encrypted messages"; Macworld reviews Transmit 5, the latest of one of the best FTP clients for the Mac; Apple seems intent on getting deeper into the car business pursuing auto battery R&D in China on the hush hush; Apple is #9 in Fortune's Global 500, but leads the pack as most profitable US company; yet another alleged iPhone 8 chassis leaks lending credence to rear Touch ID—more in our Hardware/Software section.

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  • "Should America's Tech Giants Be Broken Up? Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook may be contributing to the U.S. economy's most persistent ailments."  Bloomberg 8:25 AM
  • "iPhone manufacturers join hands with Apple in Qualcomm spat: The manufacturers stopped paying Qualcomm's royalty fees earlier this year, when Apple stopped covering the cost." CNET 7:53 AM
  • "Changes to iCloud Put Apple on Collision Course With Governments Seeking Access to Encrypted Messages" MacRumors 7:55 AM
  • "Apple sends top executives to lobby Australian government over proposed encryption laws" AppleInsider 8:04 AM
  • "Apple, the enterprise, and why mobile matters: Enterprises that are already mobile have a better chance in future" Computerworld 8:04 AM
  • "Apple Becomes A Little Less Secretive"  Seeking Alpha 7:55 AM
  • "Command line macOS update reportedly faster, allows use of Mac while updating" 9to5Mac 8:11 AM
  • "Transmit 5 review: File transfer utility expands support for cloud services/With a facelift and back-end improvements, Transmit is now nearly up to date." Macworld 8:15 AM
  • "How to Install and Use the Tor Browser on Your Mac" MacTrast 8:38 AM
  • "Using Undo To Take a Step Back" MacMost 7:38 AM
  • "How to use apps in full screen or Split View in macOS Sierra" Apple World Today 7:39 AM
  • "How to remove the Macintosh HD icon from the desktop on Mac" iDownload Blog 8:10 AM
  • "Shairwaves makes it easy for Macs to share connected audio devices" Apple World Today 7:39 AM
  • "Get An iMazing iOS Backup On Your Mac" Mac360 7:39 AM
  • "The Year Of Linux On The Mac's Desktop" PixoBebo 8:24 AM
  • "My Mac's Finder Is The New Menubar" McSolo 7:54 AM
Press Releases
  • "Twelve South Charleston at Sea Level Dual-Screen Wallpaper Collection + Mac" iLounge 10:56 AM
  • "Cocktail 10.4.1 (Sierra Edition) has been released" Maintain 10:26 AM
  • "Idustrial Revolution Releases XEffects 3D Video Walls Plugins for Final Cut Pro X" 8:23 AM
  • "Bear Notes 1.2.2 Update Brings Text Highlighting, Multiple Windows, and More" MacRumors 8:22 AM
  • "Announcing Videux: the Video Organizer, Player and Workflow Assistant" prMac 8:11 AM
  • "E-on Software Announces Pre-Release of Carbon Scatter and CloudFactory Ozone 2017 Plugins" Architosh 7:57 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Secretly Pursues Automotive Battery R&D in China, May Become Carmaker"  Yicai Global 10:52 AM
  • "Apple Reportedly Working With Chinese Manufacturer of Electric Vehicle Batteries" MacRumors 10:52 AM
  • "Apple is reportedly working on electric car batteries with China's biggest battery maker" Electrek 12:19 PM
  • "The Global 500: The Top 10" [Apple #9] Fortune 8:01 AM
  • "Apple Stock Price, Financials and News | Global 500" Fortune 8:02 AM
  • "AAPL again declared the most profitable company in the world" 9to5Mac 8:49 AM
  • "Apple ranked as most profitable US company by far on newest Fortune 500 ranking" AppleInsider 8:49 AM
  • "Apple greenlights Dash cryptocurrency in the App Store" BetaNews 10:52 AM
  • "Even Apple's founder thinks iPhone prices are 'high in the extreme'" BGR 7:56 AM
  • "Apple to build iCloud datacenter in Guizhou" DigiTimes 8:00 AM
  • "Apple greenlights Dash cryptocurrency in the App Store" BetaNews 10:30 AM
  • "Florida Man to Pay Thousands Over Insider Trading Charges Tied to Apple Takeover" Reuters 7:55 AM
  • "Former AuthenTec Employee Settles Insider Trading Case from Apple Purchase" The Mac Observer 12:15 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: World's first third-party iPhone app arrives" Cult of Mac 8:24 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "These before-and-after photos show tech billionaires' dramatic transformations" Business Insider 10:56 AM
  • "This little USB stick is designed to make AI plug-and-play: The Neural Compute Stick from Movidius makes it easy to add a machine vision processor to any device" The Verge 10:51 AM
  • "When the Selfie Turns Sacreligious" Wired 9:16 AM
  • "UK teens say Instagram is the worst app for cyberbullying: Facebook is a close second." Engadget 8:10 AM
  • "China unveils plan to become a world leader in AI by 2025" Reuters 7:56 AM
  • "The Wearables Giving Computer Vision to the Blind: Aira, eSight, MyEye" Wired 7:53 AM
  • "The House of Lords is going to carry out a public inquiry into artificial intelligence" Business Insider 7:53 AM
  • "The airplane laptop ban is over" Axios 12:21 PM
  • "US lifts laptop ban for all remaining airlines and airports" TechCrunch 7:51 AM
  • "Our Favorite Mail, Calendar, and Reminders Alternatives -TMO Daily Observations 2017-07-20" The Mac Observer 1:10 PM
  • "146: Everybody Wants the Sandwich" The Rebound 8:36 AM
  • "I might know the truth about Touch ID on Apple's iPhone 8" BGR 8:24 AM
  • "Alleged chassis for Apple's 'iPhone 8' revives claims of rear-mounted Touch ID" AppleInsider 8:37 AM
  • "The inner workings of eight Apple iOS vulnerabilities exposed" ZDNet 8:28 AM
  • "PSA: Update to iOS 10.3.3 to fix serious wifi vulnerability allowing attacker complete control" 9to5Mac 8:11 AM
  • "iOS 10.3.3 fixed 'Broadpwn' exploit letting attackers take control of your device via Wi-Fi" iDownload Blog 8:10 AM
  • "Today in ARKit: Mixed Reality for new Experiences" Apple Must 1:09 PM
  • "TSMC InFO packaging brings more competitiveness to its 7nm process technology" ["Samsung has grabbed Apple's A9 chip orders for the new 9.7-inch iPads introduced earlier in 2017, the observers claimed. TSMC, which is already the sole supplier of Apple's 10nm A11 chips for the upcoming iPhones, will still likely obtain all of the next-generation A-series chip orders for Apple's 2018 series of iPhones with its 7nm FinFET process, the observers said."] DigiTimes 10:53 AM
  • "Samsung might get aced out of big iPhone chip deal" Cult of Mac 11:07 AM
  • "TSMC's 7nm process enhancement may keep Apple from using Samsung for 'A12" chip production" AppleInsider 12:39 PM
Apple Patent Applications
  • "Future AirPods might feature automated audio passthrough feature" AppleInsider 8:03 AM
  • "Apple's Patent Reveals Micro-LED based 'Smart-Pixel' Technology for Possible Future iMacs, iPhone & TV" Patently Apple 8:23 AM
  • "Apple's 'scanning depth engine' patent involves 3D profiles and the Mac" Apple World Today 8:03 AM
  • "Apple Acquires BellSouth Patent Regarding Home Device Automation and Smart Interaction" Patently Apple 9:05 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "10' iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:40 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:40 AM
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:40 AM

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  • "Gaming Mouse Roundup: Corsair Sabre RGB, G.Skill RIPJAWS MX780, SteelSeries Rival 500" HotHardware 12:15 PM
  • "Master & Dynamic MW60 wireless and MW50 wireless headphones review" The Gadgeteer 8:52 AM
  • "Phiaton BT 460 headphone review: Sleek, smart, and feature rich. But they sound best wired" TechHive 8:12 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Things 3 Is Great at Helping You Get the Job Done" Gadgets 360 10:50 AM
  • "CARROT Weather 4.0: Simply Delightful" MacStories 9:06 AM
  • "How to assign iOS 11"s Smart Invert 'dark mode' to the Home button" 9to5Mac 10:50 AM
  • "How to use the Apple TV remote in iOS 11"s Control Center" iMore 8:23 AM
  • "Finding the Date on a Map Image: Q. Is there any way to tell the age of a photo used in Google Maps Street View?" New York Times [Free Registration Required] 10:52 AM
  • "iPhone: Do not force quit apps by swiping them away, warn experts" The Independent 8:31 AM
  • "Here's Why You Still Need to Force Quit Some iPhone Apps" The Mac Observer 8:42 AM
  • "iOS: How to See Your Print Queue (and Cancel a Print Job!)" The Mac Observer 8:12 AM
  • "Comment: The suggestion of a constrained iPhone 8 launch in September seems credible to me" 9to5Mac 10:51 AM
  • "iPhone 8 Musings on Price and Rumored Delays" Tech.pinions 9:16 AM
  • "Artificial Intelligence Loves Apple's Tim Cook" Mac360 8:32 AM
  • "New iPhone 8 Leak Is Very Bad News" Tom's Guide 8:29 AM
  • "Here's the Most Stunning iPhone 8 Video Yet" Tom's Guide 8:27 AM
  • "Insanely Gr8: The iPhone 8 paradox" Macworld 8:12 AM
  • "Hoping for a small Mac mini revival" Macworld 8:11 AM
  • "iPhone Movies Are This Good" Mac360 7:57 AM
  • "Google vs Amazon: Who will win the cloud pricing war? With Amazon Web Service's (AWS) cloud infrastructure and customer base dwarfing its competitors, does AWS have greater leeway to reduce prices than rivals in the long run?" TechRepublic 9:01 AM
  • "It's Time for Amazon to Make a Phone Again. Seriously" Wired 7:53 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Autodesk Behind Bipartisan Industry Coalition to Promote Investment in US Infrastructure" Architosh 1:10 PM
  • "Apple lets you Take the Mickey (Mouse) with Clips Update" Apple Must 1:20 PM
  • "Clips app adds Disney/Pixar & Apple-designed effects, has over 1M monthly unique users" 9to5Mac 12:19 PM
  • "Latest Professor Layton game available now on iPhone and iPad ahead of console release" 9to5Mac 10:51 AM
  • "DEVONthink To Go 2.1.7 For iOS Brings Usability And Automation Enhancements" MacPrices 10:44 AM
  • "Atari invented a hat with speakers in it, aka a 'Speakerhat'" The Verge 9:16 AM
  • "Carrier billing for Apple services spreads to Denmark, Hong Kong, Sweden" AppleInsider 9:15 AM
  • "Amazon 'Spark' feature in iPhone app tempts users to buy items through Instagram-style feed" AppleInsider 8:23 AM
  • "Apple launched special edition Balmain-designed Beats that look stunning on Kylie Jenner" phoneArena 8:28 AM
  • "Apple Partners With Balmain on Special Edition Beats Studio and Powerbeats3" iClarified 8:23 AM
  • "ElcomSoft Tool Decrypts WhatsApp iCloud Backups" PRNewswire 8:14 AM
  • "Mobile Gaming Segments are the Most Lucrative in the Global Gaming Market" PRNewswire 8:14 AM
  • "Destination XL Group, Inc. Announces Launch of First Mobile App with PredictSpring" Business Wire 8:13 AM
  • "New Logo Maker Shop app lets businesses get creative with their branding" prMac 9:06 AM
  • "Battleships for iPhone and iPad: Discover the Ships - Solve the Puzzle" prMac 8:11 AM
  • "SwiftKey for iOS adds new emoji features & themes, 3D Touch improvements, more" 9to5Mac 8:10 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Intel has 'eliminated' its entire wearables division: Chipmaker reportedly shifts focus from fitness devices to augmented reality" The Inquirer 8:01 AM
  • "Intel culls health wearables division: Report" ZDNet 8:01 AM
  • "Skype for Linux Beta gets group video calling" Neowin 8:02 AM
  • "No Creators Update for some older PCs, but security updates to continue until 2023" Neowin 8:02 AM
  • "Microsoft unveils a Cortana-powered thermostat" TechCrunch 8:17 AM
  • "Microsoft Is A 'Relative Value Bet' Ahead Of Earnings, Pro Says" Benzinga 8:42 AM
  • "AMD defends its EPYC processor from a barrage of insults from Intel" Neowin 8:42 AM
  • "Dell EMC rolls out further channel programme enhancements" ComputerWeekly 8:22 AM
  • "Blockchain: IBM and London Stock Exchange Group team up for securities data project" ZDNet 8:40 AM
  • "Arrow Joins Force With IBM for Internet of Things Support" Zacks 8:41 AM
  • "IBM CEO Ginni Rometty Rules Struggling Tech Giant, Aided by Entrenched Board Members" TheStreet 8:41 AM
  • "Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) registers a price change of 1.24% while SL Green Realty Corp. (SLG) finishes with a flow of 1.52%" Stocksgallery 8:24 AM
  • "Oracle expands on-premise public cloud offering – sounds weird right?" Banking Tech 8:43 AM
  • "Lenovo's PC business to return to positive growth this year: CEO" Reuters 8:35 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "How many iPhones did Apple sell last quarter?" Apple 3.0 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:22 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks Under Pressure as Materials Slump, Home Depot Sinks" TheStreet 11:33 AM
  • "Major Averages Turning In Mixed Performance In Mid-Day Trading - U.S. Commentary" RTT News 11:34 AM
  • "Dow Retreats from Record Highs: Decline in Home Depot shares puts pressure on the blue-chip index" [Paid Membership Required] 11:35 AM
  • "Asian stocks advance as BOJ stays pat" MarketWatch 8:28 AM
  • "European stocks buoyed by earnings before ECB's Draghi steps on stage" MarketWatch 8:29 AM
  • "European Markets Finished Mostly Lower After Late Sell-Off" RTT News 11:34 AM

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