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Tuesday Highlights: Interesting observation from CNET's Chris Matyszczyk on "Apple's biggest problem", that they see "few large threats" thus less competition, thus less urgency; Matthew DeBord believes CarPlay has potential to "completely disrupt the auto industry"; Apple claims the EU commission, responsible for levying tax fine, made fundamental errors in ruling; Oscar Raymundo thinks "'Planet of the Apps' totally misses the point of original programming"; TechRepublic helps you minimize damages from malware threat "Xagent"; BBC report on FBI under pressure to reveal iPhone hack tool cost; Verizon/Yahoo deal going through minus $350 million for breaches; KGI predicting iPhone 8 with OLED, "revolutionary" 3D front camera—more in our Hardware/Software section; what are we expecting at Apple's March event?

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  • "Apple's biggest problem is one it can never solve/Commentary: With Apple again being named the world's most admired company, does this mean Apple has it all worked out? Not exactly." ["Much of Apple's recent complacency — the dull iPhone 7, the messing around with dongles, the MacBook Pro that depressed creative types — can surely be put down to the fact that Apple sees few large threats. Competition makes you better. It's a problem if you don't have it. Nothing feels urgent."]  CNET 7:23 AM
  • "How Apple CarPlay could completely disrupt the auto industry"  Business Insider 8:45 AM
  • "Here Comes The iPhone 'Supercycle': Apple shares are already at an all-time high, but this analyst sees plenty of gains still to come." Barron's 2:19 PM
  • "European Commission Made 'Fundamental Errors' in Irish Tax Ruling, Says Apple" MacRumors 7:22 AM
  • "Apple says Brussels made 'fundamental errors' when calculating its €13 billion Irish tax bill" Business Insider 7:46 AM
  • "Apple rips 14 holes in the EC's $14 billion Irish tax edict" Apple 3.0 8:21 AM
  • "Why Apple's 'Planet of the Apps' totally misses the point of original programming: Apple Music's new shows play it way too safe to standout against shows on Amazon and Netflix." ["Planet of the Apps follows a very specific TV formula by having iOS developers pitch their app idea to celebrity judges. It's basically Shark Tank meets The Voice."] Macworld 7:34 AM
  • "Beta 3 of iOS 10.3 and macOS Sierra 10.12.4 released for public beta testing" iDownload Blog 1:21 PM
  • "macOS 10.12.4 beta 3 arrives for devs and public testers" Cult of Mac 1:21 PM
  • "Apple Updates Logic Pro X With Minor Bug Fixes and Feature Improvements" MacRumors 1:21 PM
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General Interest/Potpourri
  • "FBI pressured on cost of iPhone hack tool: Three news organisations have asked a US judge to force the government to reveal the amount it paid for technology to unlock an iPhone used by the San Bernardino gunman."  BBC 7:41 AM
  • "FBI urged to reveal how much it cost to unlock the San Bernardino iPhone" The Next Web 7:48 AM
  • "Foxconn turns to China, initiates large-scale recruitment for company" ["As shipments of the iPhone 7 series are past their peak level, Foxconn Electronics has temporarily stopped operations of many iPhone production lines and shifted workers to other production lines. However, many workers are reluctant to shift and thus have chosen resignation and this is possibly one of the reasons behind the recruitment, local media reports surmised."] DigiTimes 3:31 PM
  • "New permit details Apple's planned $50 million Project Isabel data center in Nevada" 9to5Mac 12:10 PM
  • "Apple plans $51M expansion of Reno iCloud data center, codenamed 'Project Isabel'" AppleInsider 2:19 PM
  • "Australian Banks ING Direct and Macquarie Now Offering Apple Pay to Customers" MacTrast 7:22 AM
  • "Apple nabs Israeli firm RealFace for facial-scanning tech" V3 7:31 AM
  • "Apple, Microsoft and Amazon offer UK consumers fairer deal on cloud storage: Pushed by a government regulator, the companies have offered consumers in the UK fairer contract terms" IDG News Service 7:40 AM
  • "iPhone users spend more than ever on apps" Cult of Mac 2:54 PM
  • "Apple debuts two new ads showing off iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode" Cult of Mac 7:29 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple and Cisco settle over 'iPhone' name" Cult of Mac 8:20 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Exclusive: Facebook in talks to live stream one MLB game per week - sources" Reuters 5:04 PM
  • "I infected my Windows computer with ransomware to test RansomFree's protection" TechRepublic 2:45 PM
  • "Verizon and Yahoo agree to cut $4.83 billion deal by $350 million" CNET 7:53 AM
  • "Discussing Design Criticism with Jarrett Fuller on Scratching the Surface" Subtraction 3:17 PM
  • "New iPad Pro and iPhone SE Report -TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-21" The Mac Observer 2:22 PM
  • "Kirk McElhearn Updates iTunes 12: The FAQ and Answers Your iTunes Questions" MacVoices 1:18 PM
  • "Post Producing the Oscar Nominated Live Action Short Film Timecode on FCPX" 7:22 AM
  • "KGI: OLED iPhone 8 to feature 'revolutionary' 3D-sensing front camera, detects depth for games and facial recognition" 9to5Mac 7:29 AM
  • "iPhone 8 Will Include 'Revolutionary' Front Camera With 3D Sensing Abilities" MacRumors 7:29 AM
  • "'iPhone 8' to include game changing 3D facial recognition tech in FaceTime camera" AppleInsider 7:29 AM
  • "TrendForce Says New iPhone Production Volume to Exceed 100M Units This Year; AMOLED Model to Feature 3D Facial Recognition" TrendForce 8:44 AM
  • "The iPhone 8 could have a next-generation selfie camera" Business Insider 9:03 AM
  • "Wireless charging likely coming to Apple's 'iPhone 8,' but not Energous's long-range solution" AppleInsider 8:45 AM
  • "TPK to quit touch panel production for Apple Watch, say sources" DigiTimes 9:03 AM
  • "Apple seen switching to glass-film touch tech this year for Apple Watch Series 3" AppleInsider 9:04 AM
  • "New Touchscreen for 'Apple Watch Series 3' Said to Enter Production Later This Year" MacRumors 10:03 AM
  • "Intel's 7560 Modem Could Push Next iPhone to 1Gbps" PC Magazine 3:49 PM
  • "iOS 10.3 Previous Betas Said To Drain iPhone 6s Plus Battery Fast; Apple Rolls Out Third Beta To Developers" International Business Times 7:23 AM
  • "Apple releases iOS 10.3 public beta 3 for iPhone and iPad" 9to5Mac 12:24 PM
  • "Apple Wins Patent for Next-Gen Force Sensors for Apple Pencil that could Control Zoom, Scrolling and More" Patently Apple 7:33 AM
  • "Patent Report: an avatar editing app, a Mac compatible Apple Pencil, more" Apple World Today 8:17 AM
  • "Apple's New MacBook Pro keyboard is Giving Some Users Fits" Digital Trends 5:05 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "9" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:14 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:14 AM

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  • "MacBook Pro Review - Love and Hate with the Touch Bar" Abduzeedo 8:17 AM
  • "Battle of the buds: how Apple AirPods stack up against other wireless earbuds" Ars Technica 7:22 AM
  • "Review: These Wireless Earbuds Gave Me Supersonic Hearing" Time 10:05 AM
  • "These tiny earbuds are the wildest pair of headphones I've ever used — here's what they can do" Business Insider 3:32 PM
  • "LuMee Duo review: Let there be light, and with this iPhone case, there was light" Macworld 8:26 AM
  • "Libratone Q Adapt wireless headphones review: You control how much of the world to allow in" TechHive 8:26 AM
  • "The Slate Mobile LapDesk is like having a portable desk for your portable computer" Apple World Today 7:26 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Product Review: OrthoGraph I—Building Survey System for AEC Pros" Architosh 7:14 AM
  • "On the hunt for Pokémon Go's 80-plus new monsters: It's the best reason yet to dive back into the location-based sensation." Macworld 7:33 AM
  • "'Strange Telephone' Review - Weird, and Not Always in Good Ways" Touch Arcade 2:19 PM
  • "How to browse videos in fullscreen mode on YouTube for iPhone" iDownload Blog 4:40 PM
  • "How to use a third-party remote to control your Apple TV" iMore 2:47 PM
  • "How To Clear Your Browsing History On Your iPhone Or Android Device" Digital Trends 9:04 AM
  • "Muting Activity Sharing Notifications from friends on Apple Watch Tips" iLounge 3:17 PM
  • "6 Tips for How to Shop at an Apple Retail Store" Apple Must 10:32 AM
  • "6 gotta-know Spotify tips for Android and iOS: Save Spotify radio stations for offline listening, snip out the gaps between songs, keep the music playing when your playlist runs out, and more." PCWorld 7:38 AM
  • "Apple 2017 World Wide Developers' Conference; HomeKit; and Secure Messaging (Bangkok Post, Life)" eXtensions 6:02 PM
  • "Apple's Reported Plan to Launch Several New iPads Makes Sense, But Won't Stabilize Tablet Sales" TheStreet 3:46 PM
  • "Here's the TV Set-Top Box Apple Could Have Built: Caavo" The Mac Observer 3:15 PM
  • "Apple's No Longer Working on a Standalone Siri Speaker" AppAdvice 2:44 PM
  • "Apple Doesn't Need to Buy Netflix"  Above Avalon 12:11 PM
  • "Apple And The Tim Cook Era Pipeline" Mac360 8:25 AM
  • "Outer Space Caused Your iPhone To Crash" McSolo 8:24 AM
  • "Hello, Math, And Goodbye, iPad mini" Mac360 8:17 AM
  • "Editorial: Uncertainties of a dysfunctional American government likely to hurt Apple's performance"  AppleInsider 7:29 AM
  • "Is Apple losing its edge in China?" Apple 3.0 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 7:21 AM
  • "Apple's March iPad Pro event – What to expect" Computerworld 8:54 AM
  • "New Secret iPhone Revealed, Set For Surprise Early Release" Forbes 7:39 AM
  • "Rumors about March Apple Event for iPhone SE and iPads Get Serious" The Mac Observer 7:12 AM
  • "It's Down To The Tech Industry To Protect Free Speech In The Trump Era" Forbes 5:10 PM
  • "Opinion: Google, why can't you just let people backorder the unlocked Pixel?" 9to5Google 12:11 PM
  • "What Facebook Owes to Journalism" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:03 AM
  • "Suffering ceepie-geepies! Do we need a new processor architecture?" The Register 7:39 AM
  • "Razer Blade Pro (2016) review: Now this is how you do a 'Pro' laptop/For the first time in years, the Razer Blade Pro feels like it deserves the name." PCWorld 7:38 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Remote Desktop Updated with Touch Bar Support" The Mac Observer 5:22 PM
  • "After confirming upcoming Apple TV app, Facebook said to be in talks to stream MLB games" 9to5Mac 4:40 PM
  • "Your Apple Pencil needs — nay, deserves — a bespoke leather grip" The Verge 3:20 PM
  • "Marco Arment's Overcast 3 testing in-house ads as new app monetization strategy" 9to5Mac 12:10 PM
  • "QuickerTek Announces 5TB Apple AC AirPort Time Capsule Highest Performance Upgrade" MacPrices 12:02 PM
  • "Apmato adds Attractions-Editor to create mobile tour and audio guides" prMac 10:03 AM
  • "This iPhone app built by teens helps you finish your tasks on time for once" The Next Web 7:48 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Google, Microsoft pledge to strike piracy sites from front page searches" ZDNet 6:16 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Phone: Is The Company Canceling The Windows Smartphone?" Tech Times 7:25 AM
  • "EU Working Party still has concerns over Microsoft's Windows 10 privacy policy" The Inquirer 6:16 AM
  • "EU still concerned over Windows 10 privacy despite Microsoft's changes: 3" The Verge 6:19 AM
  • "Windows 10: New privacy settings still leave users in dark on how Microsoft uses data" ZDNet 6:32 AM
  • "'Windows as a service' means big, painful changes for IT pros" ZDNet 12:19 PM
  • "Microsoft's Azure claims 34 regions worldwide; becomes Flipkart's exclusive cloud provider" Neowin 6:40 AM
  • "Intel announces Optane system requirements" bit-tech 6:25 AM
  • "Intel Kaby Lake: Spec refresh coming soon?" TrustedReviews 6:25 AM
  • "Intel and Qualcomm are steadily gearing up for 5G: Both companies will show off their progress at Mobile World Congress." Engadget 11:24 AM
  • "How Intel plans to cash in on 5G" VentureBeat 6:26 AM
  • "Intel's mobile future is in blazing modems as it buries Atom failure: Intel's announcing new modems, and cool new uses for 5G in autonomous cars and VR at Mobile World Congress next week" IDG News Service 10:45 AM
  • "Intel takes on IoT complexity with carrier-approved boards: The ready-to-use boards are intended to help vendors and users get IoT up and running quickly" IDG News Service 12:22 PM
  • "AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Performance Leak: Faster Than Intel Core i7-5960X" Forbes 6:21 AM
  • "HP reduces Elite x3 price by 5% in the UK again, also includes free 'Privacy Screen'" Neowin 6:20 AM
  • "HP's sleek new Spectre x360 is thinner, lighter and more powerful: The second generation machine gets a sexy new makeover, yet remains a powerful, multitasking marvel" Stuff Magazine 6:24 AM
  • "Five new IBM competencies target cognitive computing" CDN 6:38 AM
  • "The confusion over cognitive computing: IBM's Ginni Rometty says cognitive is 'much more' than artificial intelligence . What does this really mean?" Live Mint 6:39 AM
  • "IBM's Watson proves useful at fighting cancer—except in Texas: Despite early success, MD Anderson ignored IT, broke protocols, spent millions." Ars Technica 8:49 AM
  • "IBM Researcher Warns Of Second-Hand Car Security Risk" 6:39 AM
  • "Watson powers intelligent whiteboards" IT-Online 6:40 AM
  • "Sapho integrates with IBM Domino, highlights multi-year trend of stretching legacy systems" ZDNet 12:15 PM
  • "Cisco intros NFV for branch network, upgrades security" Telecompaper 6:25 AM
  • "Oracle Corp. Faces Setback in $40 Million 401(k) Fee Lawsuit" Bloomberg BNA 6:41 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "AAPL hits record highs again as analyst predicts iPhone 8 w/ longer battery life, curved body, more" 9to5Mac 6:38 PM
  • "Apple reaches yet another all-time intraday high" CNBC 2:45 PM
  • "Apple's stock hits record high after Morgan Stanley boosts price target" MrTopStep 12:22 PM
  • "Is Apple A Good Investment At Over USD 700bn?" Seeking Alpha 2:45 PM
Industry News
  • "Dow logs 8th gain in a row as energy, defensive sectors power record close: All of S&P 500's 11 sectors end higher on the day" MarketWatch 3:36 PM
  • "Dow Posts Eighth Consecutive Record Close; S&P 500 and Nasdaq Also Score New Highs: Wall Street returns from the long holiday weekend with enough energy to push stocks to new records." TheStreet 3:36 PM
  • "Stocks gain as Dow rises for 8th straight session" [Video Report] USA Today 3:36 PM
  • "Wall Street Closes at Record High, Gets Retail Boost" Reuters 3:35 PM
  • "Stocks Climb, Driven by Utility and Consumer Shares: U.S. stocks notched fresh records Tuesday, lifted by gains in shares of utility and consumer staples companies." [Paid Membership Required] 3:35 PM
  • "China stocks rise as investors see a bull market on the horizon" MarketWatch 6:37 AM
  • "European stocks rise after brighter eurozone data, but HSBC shares knocked down" MarketWatch 6:38 AM

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