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Tuesday Highlights: Netflix looks to bypass iTunes billing for subscribers, currently testing in 33 countries, avoiding Apple's commissions; new Mac mini, MacBook Air said to launch in October, with pro-user focus, something Ben Lovejoy thinks is a mistake arguing for Apple to keep a low-cost Mac mini; Apple could see hit in Japan as country seeks to cut wireless fees, end bundling of smartphones; to boost sales, Apple expanding retail presence in India looking to open "flagship outlets in key locations"; Apple TV next landing spot for mega-hit game Fortnite?; citizen's arrest on thieves in California Apple Store; 22 US states seek court ruling to reinstate Net Neutrality; Macworld reviews external GPU Blackmagic; as Tesla toils, calls for Apple to sweep in and acquire rise.

  • "Automation technologies will continue to be supported in macOS, Apple exec Craig Federighi says in customer email"  9to5Mac 12:22 PM
  • "Apple's Craig Federighi: 'Every intent' to support automation in macOS/Apple VP responds to concerns about the future of AppleScript and Automator in macOS." Macworld 2:10 PM
  • "AppleScript, the perfect adjunct to iTunes: An open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook/Recent developments in Cupertino makes it seem as if AppleScript could be on the way out. Let's hope not."  Macworld 7:01 AM
  • "Could Trump be the catalyst for an all-American iPhone?"  ZDNet 8:10 AM
  • "US iPhone factories: Designed in California, made by machines" Computerworld 7:42 AM
  • "Apple May Move iPhone Production to US" 24/7 Wall St. 6:39 AM
  • "Report: Apple Mulls Moving iPhone Production to US" PC Magazine 9:35 PM
  • "Apple Can't Produce The iPhone It Wants For 2017 Because Of Samsung" Forbes 7:47 AM
  • "Apple encryption war continues: NY DA requests 400 iPhones be unlocked/The New York district attorney recently released a report calling for smartphone manufacturers to create operating systems that allow them to more easily access user data." TechRepublic 3:12 PM
  • "Ask the iTunes Guy: Mysterious iCloud Status, deleting songs from a playlist, and more" Macworld 8:01 AM
  • "Upgraded to Photos? Here's what you can do with that old iPhoto library" Macworld 8:01 AM
  • "The Clock helps you keep an eye on time zones" Six Colors 8:00 AM
  • "How To Take A Screenshot Of The Touch Bar On A Macbook Pro" AddictiveTips 12:23 PM
  • "How to Add Siri Results into Notification Center on Mac" OS X Daily 1:14 PM
  • "How to show the storage drive icon on your Mac desktop" iDownload Blog 8:01 AM
  • "How to use Stickies on Mac" iMore 8:01 AM
  • "There Is A Best Mac Calculator" TeraTalks 8:12 AM
  • "Record Skype And FaceTime Calls On A Mac" Mac360 7:47 AM
  • "Ubuntu Mate, Windows 10 and macOS Sierra: A marriage of 3 OSs/Why limit yourself to just one desktop OS?" Computerworld 10:55 AM
  • "AppleScript, the Perfect Adjunct to iTunes" MacStories 10:24 AM
Press Releases
  • "iA Writer 4 Adds Markdown Content Blocks" MacStories 10:24 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple's Chip Choices May Leave Some iPhone Users in Slow Lane" ["The latest Apple Inc. smartphones that run on Verizon Communications Inc.'s network are technically capable of downloading data faster than those from AT&T Inc. Yet in testing, the two phones perform about the same, according to researchers at Twin Prime Inc. and Cellular Insights."]  Bloomberg 12:24 PM
  • "Apple confirmed limiting iPhone 7 Qualcomm modem to keep performance on par with Intel chip" AppleInsider 7:19 PM
  • "Apple May Be Throttling Verizon iPhone 7 LTE Performance" MacRumors 12:24 PM
  • "Apple accused of throttling iPhone 7 performance on Verizon to match slower speeds on AT&T" AppleInsider 1:13 PM
  • "Apple adds former Wall Street Journal editor to its China PR team" TechCrunch 6:40 AM
  • "Apple to Show Off Swift Playgrounds App at Hour of Code" Digital Trends 8:00 AM
  • "How Micromax took the fight to Apple and Samsung" CNNMoney 7:48 AM
  • "Indie rockers Airplane Mode get their spark from Apple" Cult of Mac 8:01 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple introduces its biggest iMac G4 yet" Cult of Mac 8:18 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "AT&T has cure for 'texting thumb': Hands aren't free because you're folding the laundry? AT&T will let you dictate text messages through Amazon's Alexa assistant." CNET 3:34 PM
  • "Google reverses its 'digital death sentence' for Pixel phone resellers" TechCrunch 3:17 PM
  • "Trump's attorney general pick could restart the encryption fight" The Verge 12:32 PM
  • "The Best iPad Mini Alternative Is Finally for Sale in US" LAPTOP Magazine 8:01 AM
  • "Arianna Huffington: 'We're drowning in data'" BBC 7:01 AM
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-18: Apple's Bulbs and Listener Email on Apple TV" The Mac Observer 12:36 PM
  • "#97: I'm An I-Guy" Relay FM 11:00 AM
  • "MacBook Pro with Touch Bar: The good, the bad, the ugly, this week on The CultCastCult of Mac 10:24 AM
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, the meaning of 'Pro,' and iPhone news" AppleInsider 8:03 AM
  • "Apple to fix iPhone 6 Plus 'touch disease' for a fee" BBC 7:48 AM
  • "Apple acknowledges significant iPhone 6 Plus issue, but repairs won't be free" BGR 7:01 AM
  • "Apple Launches Multi-Touch Repair Program for iPhone 6 Plus" The Mac Observer 10:08 AM
  • "iPhone 7 supply remains constrained, Apple viewed as unlikely to catch up to demand by end of year" AppleInsider 10:25 AM
  • "Will the Real MacBook Pro (15-Inch) Please Stand Up?" iFixit 8:11 AM
  • "Teardowns Confirm 13-Inch and 15-Inch Touch Bar MacBook Pros Have Non-Removable SSDs" MacRumors 8:39 AM
  • "Some 15-Inch MacBook Pro Models Misreporting Intel Iris Pro 580 Graphics" MacRumors 8:03 AM
  • "PSA: If your 15-inch MacBook Pro claims it has an Intel Iris Pro 580 GPU, it probably doesn't" 9to5Mac 8:39 AM
  • "New iPhone lock screen exploit reveals contact information without passcode" AppleInsider 8:17 AM
  • "iOS 10.1.1 / iOS 10.2 Lock Screen Bypass Discovered, Gives Access To Photos, Contacts [Video] Redmond Pie 10:27 AM
  • "Some Users Experiencing 'Three Finger Drag' Issues on New MacBook Pro" MacRumors 1:13 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:02 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:02 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:02 AM

  • "Comparing Apple's Late-2016 13" & 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar" AppleInsider 4:51 PM
  • "MacBook Pro 15" Touch Bar Teardown" iFixit 8:11 AM
  • "Teardown of 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar reveals non-removable SSD, extra trackpad touch controller, more" AppleInsider 8:31 PM
  • "Touch Bar First Look" MacMost 10:08 AM
  • "Running with the Apple Watch Nike+" TechCrunch 2:11 PM
  • "A podcast studio for under $100" Six Colors 1:23 PM
  • "Review: Monster iSport Victory BT Sweat-Proof Headphones" Wired 8:04 AM
  • "Jony Ive's design book is much more than an ego trip" Cult of Mac 8:00 AM
  • "2660MB/s Thunderbolt 2 Trickery with the 'late 2016' MacBook Pro" Bare Feats 7:42 AM
  • "Testing the Almond 3 smart router in the CNET Smart Apartment" CNET 8:39 AM
  • "iGlass is THE case to show off the beauty of the jet black iPhone (while protecting it)" Apple World Today 7:42 AM
  • "The Coolest Toys You Can Remotely Control with Your iPhone or iPad" iPhone Hacks 8:01 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "3 Investment Apps to Help Save Your Money" Apple Gazette 7:20 PM
  • "Review: Pokémon Sun and Moon are solid entries aimed at newbies" Ars Technica 3:11 PM
  • "iOS 10: How to Delete and Organize Messages Apps" Apple Must 1:15 PM
  • "Feeling Hungry? Search Restaurants with Emoji on iPhone" OS X Daily 11:36 AM
  • "Facebook plans to buy back $6 billion in stock: This is Facebook's first stock buyback since going public." Recode 4:52 PM
  • "Apple Has the Experience to Make an AR Bombshell Come True" The Mac Observer 4:48 PM
  • "Apple should go back to the future with the Mac Pro"  The Robservatory 3:11 PM
  • "iPhone 8 mockups tease Apple's bezel-free future" Cult of Mac 12:02 PM
  • "Sorry Apple, Samsung's Note 7 Loss Is China's Gain" PC Magazine 11:01 AM
  • "Maybe it's time for Apple to bring back the Mac clone programs (at least for desktops)" Apple World Today 10:07 AM
  • "Apple News, Facebook, And The Growing Scourge Of Fake News" NoodleMac 8:32 AM
  • "Apple syncs call logs via iCloud, but it's more of an annoyance than security risk" Six Colors 8:00 AM
  • "Comment: Given the ultra-low repairability of the new MacBook Pro, I'm getting AppleCare this time" 9to5Mac 7:01 AM
  • "Video: Stephen Colbert Late Show perfectly parodies Apple's new design book, touts 'touch page'¬†technology" 9to5Mac 8:01 AM
  • "Pearls Before Swine Comic Strip" GoComics 6:58 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Coming November 19: Gene Steinberg meets Kyle Wiens of iFixit, and columnist Kirk McElhearn, Macworld's 'iTunes Guy,' this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 7:50 PM
  • "These are some fancy iPhone corner protectors" The Verge 3:44 PM
  • "Homebuilder offers first Apple HomeKit accessory package for new homebuyers" 9to5Mac 12:24 PM
  • "What Do You See? Google Nest Comes to Apple TV" AppAdvice 12:02 PM
  • "Top 5 Apple Gifts for the Holidays" AppleBlend 11:59 AM
  • "New iHome Classic Alarm Clock and Clock Radios Deliver Hassle Free Charging for Apple Watch and Qi Compatible Android Devices" PRNewswire 11:38 AM
  • "2017 Jeep Compass will be one of the first Jeeps to come w/ Apple's CarPlay" 9to5Mac 10:24 AM
  • "Google revamps Play Newsstand, adds For You recommendations, rich media, web app & more" iDownload Blog 8:39 AM
  • "Here are products you can buy only at the Apple Store: Play-Doh Touch, Roli Blocks for music creation, and a special edition of the 'Star Wars' BB-8 droid are some of the third-party products Apple exclusively sells." CNET 8:04 AM
  • "Firefox Focus for iOS makes private browsing a breeze" The Next Web 8:00 AM
  • "Mozilla wraps single Firefox private tab into new Focus browser for iOS" ZDNet 8:00 AM
  • "Santa Claws - Monster Mash 1.0 - Free and Festive iOS Game" prMac 7:46 AM
  • "Ben Software releases new CCTV iPhone, iPad and Apple TV app" prMac 7:46 AM
  • "Rapid Turtle Games releases Oil, Inc. for iOS - Free Idle/Clicker Game" prMac 7:46 AM
  • "Just Released - Avadon 3: The Warborn HD, Fantasy Adventure for iPad" prMac 7:46 AM
Computer Industry
Non-Apple News
  • "AT&T has cure for 'texting thumb': Hands aren't free because you're folding the laundry? AT&T will let you dictate text messages through Amazon's Alexa assistant." CNET 3:34 PM
  • "Microsoft says it will tie executive bonuses to diversity hiring goals: After the number of women employees declines" The Verge 5:38 PM
  • "Is Microsoft Set To Steal Apple's Computing Crown?" Red Bulletin 8:46 AM
  • "Microsoft has an answer for why its number of women has decreased" SiliconRepublic 8:44 AM
  • "Microsoft tries to win EU approval for its LinkedIn acquisition" ITProPortal 8:59 AM
  • "Microsoft plays nice with the EU to buy LinkedIn" BetaNews 8:47 AM
  • "Microsoft joins The Linux Foundation to further open-source development" ITProPortal 8:58 AM
  • "Microsoft just joined the Linux Foundation, but end users won't notice right away" PCWorld 8:42 AM
  • "Microsoft proudly announced earlier this week that it is becoming a platinum member of The Linux Foundation, 15 years after its former CEO Steve Ballmer described Linux 'as a cancer.'" Softpedia 8:15 AM
  • "D-Link participates in Microsoft Super Wi-Fi development" DigiTimes 8:12 AM
  • "When Bill Gates did a U-turn on demonetisation" Rediff 8:57 AM
  • "'No opinion' on demonetisation: Bill Gates pulls a one-eighty, a day after calling it a 'bold move'" 8:07 AM
  • "Demonetisation important step to deflate India's economy: Bill Gates" The Indian Express 8:06 AM
  • "Microsoft's Azure Advisor Helps Customers Float Cloud Applications" eWeek 8:17 PM
  • "IBM launches new services to help enterprises with cloud migration" BetaNews 12:32 PM
  • "IBM rolls out new cloud data services and features on Bluemix" ZDNet 7:45 AM
  • "Lenovo, HP under cartel investigation in Russia along with other companies" RAPSI 7:42 AM
  • "Intel is laying off a major portion of its wearables group" TechCrunch 5:39 PM
  • "Here's Intel's abandoned wearable, the Basis Ruby" TechCrunch 6:36 PM
  • "Intel chases AI with new chips, but still lacks a potent graphics processor" PCWorld 12:18 PM
  • "Google-Intel alliance boosts Kubernetes, machine learning, IoT, and more" InfoWorld 7:25 AM
  • "Intel Looks to a New Chip to Power the Coming Age of AI" Wired 7:26 AM
  • "Intel IoT Exec: Channel Will Be Key Driver In Chip Giant's IoT Offensive" CRN 5:39 PM
  • "Intel's new AI strategy involves new deep-learning technology" IT PRO 7:26 AM
  • "Intel announces renewed AI push" bit-tech 7:25 AM
  • "Intel Nervana Aims for AI ~" Converge! 7:24 AM
  • "Intel and Google Alliance Looks to Multi-Cloud Enterprise IT" Converge! 7:21 AM
  • "AMD Zen chips to debut on 17th January: Chinese mobo maker" Hexus 7:19 AM
  • "AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.11.4" Hexus 7:18 AM
  • "AMD Releases Radeon Crimson Edition 16.11.4 Hotfix" Softpedia 7:16 AM
  • "AMD Goes Open Source in Newest ROCm Platform Update" eWeek 8:18 PM
  • "Oracle Is Setting Up Well for More Upside" TheStreet 7:15 AM
  • "Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) Dropped On Disappointing Q2 Forecast" RTTNews 7:12 AM
  • "Managed EdgeCloud with Cisco and NetApp" Light Reading 7:12 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Stock market ends slightly lower as dollar rally sparks concern: Major indexes extend gains for second week" MarketWatch 4:00 PM
  • "Wall Street Hit by Retail Disappointments From Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch" TheStreet 4:00 PM
  • "Stocks Near Record Highs, Dollar Strongest in 13 Years" Reuters 4:00 PM
  • "Stocks Retreat, but End Up for the Week: Postelection rally eases as indexes pull back from near records" [Paid Membership Required] 3:59 PM
  • "Nikkei enters a bull market as Yellen comments drive dollar higher: Japan's Nikkei entered bull market territory on Friday, with a weaker yen helping drive gains across key Asian markets as robust U.S. economic data buoyed expectations of an interest-rate increase next month." MarketWatch 9:03 AM
  • "Bank, commodity shares pull European stocks into loss column: Stocks across Europe finished lower Friday as commodity and bank shares lost ground, with indexes in Spain and Italy taking a hammering." MarketWatch 12:43 PM

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