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Thursday Highlights: Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reporting Apple on chip engineer recruiting spree in San Diego in effort to eliminate need for Qualcomm chips in future devices; prior to Apple's post-earnings stock drop, "prominent managers loaded up on Apple" in hopes stock would continue growth; does new MacBook Air foretell "end of configurable Macs"?; Kantar Millward Brown's new report sees Apple move into "number one spot as the Most Valuable US brand"; eMarketer says Walmart pushes Apple out of #3 spot in list of US online businesses; Apple previews new Champs-Élysées Store Paris store opening; Swiss banks under investigation for supposed Apple Pay boycott; Tim Cook to receive Anti-Defamation League Courage Against Hate award; Todd Haselton reviews iPad Pro, tried but unable to replace his laptop.

  • "Apple Recruiting Chip Engineers to Work in Qualcomm's Backyard: Apple Inc. is aggressively hiring engineers in Qualcomm Inc.'s home base of San Diego, seeking designers to develop wireless components and processors that would further weaken the chipmaker's chances of again supplying chips for the iPhone maker's future devices."  Bloomberg 8:04 AM
  • "Prominent managers loaded up on Apple before recent tumble" Reuters 7:41 AM
  • "Big mutual funds loaded up on AAPL in Q3, some now worrying about growth" AppleInsider 7:47 AM
  • "Tax reforms benefited AAPL investors but didn't create jobs – FT" 9to5Mac 7:47 AM
  • "Why the MacBook Air might spell the end of configurable Macs" ["Looking a bit further into the future, if Apple starts building Macs with ARM processors, is it going to want to offer different classes of processors within those models? On iOS, Apple has steadfastly refused to do this. Every model-year of a given model is generally powered by the same processor across the board."]  Macworld 7:42 AM
  • "Easier Ways To Open File With" MacMost 9:35 AM
  • "The Internet Has a Huge C/C++ Problem and Developers Don't Want to Deal With It: What do Heartbleed, WannaCry, and million dollar iPhone bugs have in common?" Motherboard 8:16 AM
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  • "Customer experience emerges as critical factor, along with innovation, boosting brands in the 2019 BrandZ™ Top 100 Most Valuable US Brands ranking: Apple jumps into the number one spot as the Most Valuable US brand, with a brand worth of $316 billion on the strength of devices combined with services," Kantar Millward Brown 10:06 AM
  • "BrandZ Top US Brands: New number 1 Apple increased its brand value by 13% in the last year to $316.1 billion. Its continued innovation across an entire ecosystem of services wrap around its key devices, ensuring that Apple increasingly owns and transforms the user experience in a way that is meaningful to consumers." Kantar Millward Brown 10:03 AM
  • "Walmart Overtakes Apple as No. 3 Online Retailer in US: Big-box retailer has one of the fastest-growing online businesses"  eMarketer 8:04 AM
  • "Apple Champs-Élysées to open on famed Parisian avenue this Sunday"  Apple 7:44 AM
  • "Apple Champs-Élysées is a stunning blend of old and new" Cult of Mac 8:00 AM
  • "Apple Previews New Champs-Élysées Store in Paris, Opening This Sunday" MacRumors 8:17 AM
  • "Regulator investigates Swiss banks over alleged Apple Pay boycott: The Weko competition authority said it had carried out searches of premises amid suspicions that the financial institutions had agreed to boost Twint, a local payments app, by not allowing their credit cards to be used with rival systems. Weko said it had received complaints about the apparent boycott without revealing who had made them." Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:05 AM
  • "Facebook denies it ordered execs to use Android phones to hit back at Apple" 9to5Mac 8:11 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook to receive Anti-Defamation League award in December" AppleInsider 7:45 AM
  • "Taboola wants your clicks while you're waiting for your ride, and it's part of a plan to take on Apple News" Business Insider 8:00 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook has a growing morale problem: A long and dirty public-relations war hasn't protected the company from criticism — and more employees are now planning to leave" The Verge 7:49 AM
  • "Google's Thanksgiving report can help you avoid traffic and crowds" The Verge 7:49 AM
  • "iPhone XR Now Available SIM-Free in the United States" MacRumors 8:22 AM
  • "You can now buy a SIM-free iPhone XR" The Verge 9:39 AM
  • "iPhone X bug lets hackers snag deleted photos" Engadget 10:06 AM
  • "Trick reveals all 102 hidden magnets in the 2018 iPad Pro" Cult of Mac 7:44 AM
  • "Apple considering offline mode for Siri that could process voice locally on an iPhone" AppleInsider 8:17 AM
  • "Apple wants your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch to be able to get back to Wi-Fi quickly" Apple World Today 8:56 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "B&H Photo Offers Holiday Deals on Apple Products" Business Wire 8:27 AM
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:28 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:28 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:28 AM

  • "Review: Apple's 11-inch iPad Pro is stunningly powerful, and in a class of its own" AppleInsider 10:43 AM
  • "I tested the new iPad Pro and it still can't replace my laptop like Apple says it can" CNBC 8:04 AM
  • "iPhone XS: Just another £300 for a better cam- Wait, come back! Did we mention the worse battery?" The Register 7:38 AM
  • "Hands-on with the $350 Surface Headphones: Why is Microsoft making them, and are they any good?" GeekWire 8:16 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Headphones review: all the style without the polish" The Verge 8:11 AM
  • "Otterbox Symmetry Series review: Slim and stylish protection" iMore 8:05 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "'SEGA Heroes' Review – Welcome to the Previous Level" Touch Arcade 10:43 AM
  • "How to Start a YouTube Channel Using Just Your Apple iPhone" Apple Gazette 10:43 AM
  • "How to use your iPad Pro to replace your laptop (Part 5)" Computerworld 10:41 AM
  • "A Siri Shortcut to Tell Me What to Say to Siri" Macdrifter 8:17 AM
  • "A Look Back at the Original iPad mini" MacStories 10:43 AM
  • "A Handful of iOS 12 Features You'll (Probably) Love..." The Mac Observer 8:35 AM
  • "Is This Why Apple's iPhone XR Sales Are Disappointing?" The Motley Fool 8:18 AM
  • "Oops, he did it again: Credulously spinning iPhone production cuts" Macworld 7:42 AM
  • "Supply chain channel check stories hurting skittish investors, enriching Apple's shareholders"  AppleInsider 7:42 AM
  • "Cassandra -Midweek Thursday Morning at the Apple Store, IconSiam -A Photo Essay" eXtensions 7:28 AM
  • "It's finally here: This is the ugliest smartphone in the history of smartphones" BGR 8:16 AM
  • "Facebook's weapon amid chaos and controversy: misdirection" TechCrunch 10:43 AM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg's spectacular failure of leadership shows why some Facebook investors are desperate to fire him" Business Insider 8:00 AM
  • "Lies, damn lies, and HQ: Cities are far from future-proof. That's a mistake." TechCrunch 7:49 AM
  • "Welcome to the awkward future of the open office" TechCrunch 7:49 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Add 14 ports to your Mac or PC with the OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock" ZDNet 10:22 AM
  • "Facebook Messenger's unsend feature is rolling out now on iOS and Android" BGR 10:22 AM
  • "Denali Publishing Partners With Skillz to Launch Guns, Cars and Zombies! Turbo Mobile Game" PRNewswire 10:05 AM
  • "Apple Watch Now Part of UnitedHealthcare Wearable Device Program That Helps Motivate People to Walk Nearly 12,000 Steps Per Day" Business Wire 10:04 AM
  • "Waze rolling out audio player with support for Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, iHeartRadio & more" iDownload Blog 8:42 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Office data telemetry breaches GDPR, Dutch investigators rule: Report concludes Redmond offers a lack of control and visibility for users" The Inquirer 6:43 AM
  • "Windows 10 preview adds smarter active hours and a true light theme: It's also easier to pause updates." Engadget 6:42 AM
  • "Windows 10 1809's new rollout: Mapped drives broken, AMD issues, Trend Micro clash/Steer clear of the rereleased Windows 10 October 2018 Update, IT pro warns. Meanwhile, Microsoft promises fix for buggy mapped drives at some point next year." ZDNet 6:47 AM
  • "Dell raises VMWare tracking stock offer to $120 per share" Reuters 7:17 AM
  • "Dell Is Near Deal to Win Support of Tracking Stock Holders" Bloomberg 6:56 AM
  • "HPE brings InfoSight's predictive analytics to HPE servers: InfoSight, which gathers operational intelligence from infrastructure to offer predictions and suggestions, was previously only available on storage." ZDNet 7:17 AM
  • "HPE's Bill Philbin On InfoSight's AI VMware Advantage: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Global Chief Technology Officer for Hybrid IT Bill Philbin speaks with CRN about the launch of InfoSight for the first time on HPE servers and the artificial intelligence advantages that the platform brings to VMware." CRN 6:57 AM
  • "HPCC and HP enterprise team up for Hawk supercomputer" Fudzilla 7:04 AM
  • "Intel has unveiled Intel Neural Compute Stick 2: A self-contained neural network on a thumbdrive." Tech Explorist 7:08 AM
  • "Intel USB-sized Neural Compute Stick 2 promises smarter edge devices" IT PRO (UK) 7:08 AM
  • "Intel's new 'neural network on a stick' aims to unchain A.I. from the internet" Digital Trends 7:08 AM
  • "Intel processor shortages to continue into 2Q19 says ASUS" Guru3D 7:08 AM
  • "Intel VP confirms upcoming support for Adaptive Sync" Hexus 7:09 AM
  • "Intel to Reduce Processor Shipments to DIY Distributors" CDR Info 7:09 AM
  • "AMD to gain big over Christmas with Intel cutting gaming CPU supply for Q4" PCGamesN 7:04 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 7 3700U Quad Core CPU Spotted — Features 3.8 GHz Boost Clocks and Picasso RX Vega 10 iGPU" WCCFTech 7:04 AM
  • "Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ out now: $25 for cut-down Pi 3 B+ with quad-core CPU/Raspberry Pi Foundation updates its budget single-board computer with the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A" ZDNet 6:47 AM
  • "What's New In Red Hat OpenStack Platform 14" eWeek 7:34 AM
  • "Robotic process automation software spend set to hit $680m this year: Analysts say companies see RPA as a 'quick fix' to automate mundane tasks." ZDNet 7:17 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Hemorrhaging Halts as Morgan Stanley Touts Services Unit" Bloomberg 8:04 AM
  • "Apple supplier AMS cuts forecast, indicating poor iPhone demand" Reuters 7:38 AM
  • "Another Apple Supplier Just Cut Its Forecast" Bloomberg 8:04 AM
  • "Apple just entered a bear market, but it could be your best chance to buy" CNBC 8:04 AM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stock futures point to slight opening gains, but perils lie ahead" MarketWatch 7:22 AM
  • "Dow Drops Triple Digits for Fourth Day, Led By Apple, Travelers, Banks: Stocks ended lower Wednesday following softer consumer inflation data. The Dow's decline was led by Apple and Goldman Sachs." TheStreet 7:22 AM
  • "Stocks mostly rise but Europe weighed down by Brexit discord" Associated Press 7:22 AM
  • "Brexit Drama Rattles European Markets: U.K. stocks and pound under pressure following cabinet resignations over divorce deal" [Paid Membership Required] 7:23 AM
  • "Nikkei slides amid mixed trading by Asian markets: Tencent boosts Hang Seng; mainland China stocks rise" MarketWatch 7:23 AM
  • "Europe markets close lower as stocks fail to defend rebound: German growth, Italian budget squabbling, Brexit in focus" MarketWatch 7:23 AM

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