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Weekend Highlights: Financial Times interviews Jony Ives on the new Apple Watch, responsibilities of big tech firms; analyst thinks Apple could hit $1.5 trillion; Apple riles consumer group in China over recent breach of some customers' Apple IDs; WSJ's Joanna Stern laments the walls around iMessage; Uniloc back in Apple's face with FaceTime lawsuit; Ars Technica reviews Mac browser Vivaldi; what to expect with FCPX 10.5?; iPhone XR available, selling quickly—more in our General Interest section; the plot thickens...will iPad Pro go USB-C? Apple releases USB-C Apple Watch charger; a couple employees of Loup Ventures went phone-less, using only Apple Watches.

  • "Apple Held Talks to Invest in SoftBank Technology Fund: SoftBank is raising up to $100 billion to invest in disruptive technologies" ["Apple and SoftBank have discussed an investment of up to $1 billion, according to people familiar with the matter, who cautioned that nothing has been finalized. The status of the talks couldn't be learned. An Apple investment would connect the world's most valuable company—Apple's market value is nearly $600 billion—with one of the world's largest pools of investment capital."] [Paid Membership Required] 12:41 PM
  • "Apple in talks to invest $1 bln in SoftBank tech fund - source" Reuters 1:32 PM
  • "Apple may participate in $100 billion SoftBank fund" TechCrunch 1:23 PM
  • "How digital photography reinvented itself to become better than ever" ["What is taking its place is an even more democratic world of imagery, where cameras are all around us, selfies rule, and photography is more vibrant than ever. And it's all thanks to Steve Jobs."]  Digital Trends 7:17 AM
  • "MacBook Pro Launch: Perplexing/Once upon a time, Apple was known for its top-tier storytelling skills and the industry's best Supply Chain Management. But the recent MacBook Pro launch, glitchy and undersold, shows worrisome lapses and raises questions about the company's aging culture."  Monday Note 12:47 PM
  • "2016: The year Apple stumbled/And 2017 seems set to be an even tougher year for the Cupertino giant." ZDNet 9:48 AM
  • "Apple CEO invited to attend tax ruling hearing in Dublin: Oireachtas group will examine European Commission finding on tech firm's tax bill"  Irish Times 7:57 AM
  • "Irish legislature invites Tim Cook, other Apple execs to hearing on $14.5B EU tax ruling" AppleInsider 10:38 AM
  • "How Apple's Dwindling Fortunes Are Hurting Smartphone Sales" Market Realist 9:43 AM
  • "Tim Cook will meet with President-elect Donald Trump this week" Cult of Mac 7:56 AM
  • "macOS Safari compatibility added to Amazon Prime Video HTML5 streaming, with limitations" AppleInsider 12:43 PM
  • "Apple tackles calendar spam with 'report junk' button" BBC 7:19 AM
  • "Apple now lets you report iCloud calendar spam" The Next Web 7:00 AM
  • "Apple Adds 'Report Junk' Button to iCloud's Calendar App To Easily Remove Spam Invitations" iPhone Hacks 7:02 AM
  • "How to fix Mac App Store download problems" Cult of Mac 11:03 AM
  • "How to back up large files and collections off site" Macworld 7:19 AM
  • "How to use Apple's new iCloud Calendar anti-spam tools" Apple Must 6:59 AM
  • "Use Custom System and Mail Alerts in Sierra" MacMost 10:36 AM
  • "Play Pac-Man on the MacBook Pro Touch Bar with this app" VentureBeat 7:16 AM
  • "Our favorites: This year's Mac app discoveries" Six Colors 11:37 AM
  • "Yet Another Free And Fast Mac Browser" Mac 360 7:49 AM
  • "App licensing is the headache you don't want to DIY" Cult of Mac 2:42 PM
  • "A Drifting Adventure in Japan With an iPhone 7, GoPro, Red Epic and Final Cut Pro X" 7:10 AM
Press Releases
  • "Autodesk Announces New AutoCAD 2017 for Mac and AutoCAD LT for Mac" Architosh 12:32 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple iTunes Store, App Stores inaccessible to some customers" AppleInsider 5:00 PM
  • "iTunes Store and App Store down! Have you been affected?" iMore 5:00 PM
  • "Microsoft: Mac users switching to Surface more than ever before, after new MacBook Pro 'disappointment'"  9to5Mac 9:43 AM
  • "Microsoft Says 'Disappointment' of New MacBook Pro Has More People Switching to Surface Than Ever Before" MacRumors 9:46 AM
  • "More reports suggest Apple's AirPods will see pre-Christmas release" AppleInsider 9:43 AM
  • "Apple Rejects 'Samsung Pay Mini' on App Store Ahead of January Launch" MacRumors 10:35 AM
  • "Apple rejects Samsung Pay app for iOS" Cult of Mac 10:38 AM
  • "Apple Looks to Open New Stores in Washington D.C. and Scottsdale, AZ" MacRumors 11:35 AM
  • "Apple considering new 'flagship' store at Arizona's Scottsdale Fashion Square" AppleInsider 1:38 PM
  • "Photo Tour of Apple Brisbane in MacArthur Chambers" The Mac Observer 6:59 AM
  • "Four new, quick cut Apple Watch commercials" The Loop 9:43 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple goes public" Cult of Mac 9:49 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Samsung Readies Note7 Software Update to Disable Battery Charging" eWeek 8:01 PM
  • "Did the Russians 'hack' the election? A look at the established facts: No smoking gun, but evidence suggests a Russian source for the cyber attacks on Democrats." Ars Technica 4:55 PM
  • "Amazon workers sleep in tents near firm's Scottish depot to avoid travel costs" Ars Technica 9:48 AM
  • "You won't feel secure about digital privacy after visiting New York's Glass Room: We visited the Glass Room exhibit in New York City: and now we're more paranoid about digital surveillance than ever." [Slideshow] CNET 7:55 AM
  • "Samsung to kill unreturned Galaxy Note 7 handsets with software update" V3 7:09 AM
  • "TMO Background Mode: Interview with Attorney & Mac Power Users Co-Host Katie Floyd" The Mac Observer 4:50 PM
  • "Apple Talk 18: Death of the smartwatch, with Daniel Bader" iMore 11:35 AM
  • "Q&A: Shigeru Miyamoto on 'Mario', 'Minecraft' and Working With Apple" Glixel 11:34 AM
  • "If you don't know what to get your Apple geek friends for Christmas you need to listen to this episode." The MT Show 6:59 AM
  • "Apple Releases iOS 10.2 With New TV App, New Emoji, and More" MacRumors 12:43 PM
  • "Apple Ships iOS 10.2 with TV App, New Emojis, and Music Star Ratings" The Mac Observer 12:43 PM
  • "Apple releases iOS 10.2 for iPhones, iPads. Here's what's new: Fire up your iPhones and iPads because it's time for the long-awaited iOS 10.2 update." ZDNet 12:46 PM
  • "Apple Releases iOS 10.2 With Single Sign-on, New Emoji, and More [Direct Download Links] iPhone Hacks 1:13 PM
  • "iOS 10.2 improves Apple HomeKit with expanded smart home notifications" AppleInsider 5:06 PM
  • "Apple's other wireless headphones are also delayed" BGR 9:40 PM
  • "Apple botched 2 separate headphone launches this year"  Business Insider 10:35 AM
  • "Apple could give us AirPods for the holidays, but maybe not the BeatsX headphones" CNET 3:41 PM
  • "Apple Reseller B&H Says BeatsX Earphones Delayed At Least 2-3 Months" MacRumors 7:10 AM
  • "After AirPods, B&H email suggests BeatsX wireless earphones also significantly delayed" 9to5Mac 7:10 AM
  • "Japan Display to buy Panasonic-Sony OLED venture: Deal will join Japan's two remaining display panel makers" Nikkei 2:42 PM
  • "IPhone screen maker said to buy major OLED venture: Japan Display plans to acquire screen maker Joled" IDG News Service 2:42 PM
  • "Apple's TV guide app has launched — without Netflix, which is working with Comcast: It's not a super-smart guide, but it's a start." Recode 12:46 PM
  • "Apple releases watchOS 3.1.1 with fixes for notifications, Activity rings, more" AppleInsider 12:43 PM
  • "watchOS 3.1.1 with Unicode 9 emoji support now available for Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 12:44 PM
  • "About the security content of watchOS 3.1.1" Apple Support 4:00 PM
  • "About the security content of iOS 10.2" Apple Support 4:00 PM
  • "About the security content of tvOS 10.1" Apple Support 4:00 PM
  • "Use the Apple TV Remote app: Learn how to use the Apple TV Remote app to control your Apple TV." Apple Support 5:05 PM
  • "iTunes Store & App Store suffering from outage as users report connectivity issues" 9to5Mac 3:41 PM
  • "Apple's Latest Fix To Cure A Frustrating iOS Problem" Forbes 11:35 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:47 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:47 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:47 AM

  • "Apple 13" MacBook Pro review: the best computer you shouldn't buy" The Guardian 7:50 AM
  • "'Designed by Apple in California' book review" iMore 9:48 AM
  • "Logitech M220 Silent, M330 Silent Plus, and M720 Triathlon review: Two mice that don't stir (or click), one triple-duty powerhouse" Macworld 7:02 AM
  • "Elgato's HomeKit-compatible Eve products help make my dumb house kinda smart" Apple World Today 7:17 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Super Mario Run Preview: Hands-On First Impressions" iPhone Hacks 9:04 AM
  • "Whip Out Your Apple Pencil And Try Out The 11 Best iPpad Pro Drawing Apps" Digital Trends 7:22 AM
  • "How to catch holiday (Santa) Pikachu and Raichu in Pokémon Go!" iMore 8:49 PM
  • "Here's How to Set the Apple TV Remote to Not Launch the TV App" The Mac Observer 4:49 PM
  • "How to restart your iPhone without using the Home or power buttons" iDownload Blog 7:17 AM
  • "How to Make Your iPhone's Fingerprint Scanner More Reliable" Time 7:10 AM
  • "How to transfer multiple Pokémon to the professor simultaneously in Pokémon GO" iDownload Blog 7:09 AM
  • "How to Create Your Own Twitter Moment on iPhone or iPad" iPhone Hacks 6:59 AM
  • "These 11 Touch Bar hacks will turn your MacBook Pro into a legendary machine" Mashable 6:24 PM
  • "Apple first went public 36 years ago today: now up 18,492 percent"  AppleInsider 4:56 PM
  • "Updates to iOS (10.2), WatchOS (3.1.1) and tvOS (7.2.2)" eXtensions 6:51 PM
  • "Apple engineer reveals the real reason Steve Jobs didn't allow Flash on the iPhone" BGR 5:17 PM
  • "It only took me three months to lose my iPhone 7 headphone adapter" BGR 5:13 PM
  • "Trump Tech Summit to Include Tim Cook, Larry Page, More" The Mac Observer 3:21 PM
  • "Paging Apple: Google, Microsoft And Hulu Have All Just Launched 4K Movie Services" Forbes 12:43 PM
  • "Milking the iPhone doesn't much matter when it comes to what's next"  iMore 11:14 AM
  • "Comment: AirPods delay highlights risk of Apple pre-announcing products, and it's hardly the first time"  9to5Mac 11:03 AM
  • "November Was 'Best Month Ever' for Surface" ["It also means that Apple screwed up big time. That two year-old devices from Microsoft are suddenly better than brand-new devices from Apple says more, I think, about what Apple just did than what Microsoft did a year earlier. Put another way, I don't believe that many Apple users were jumping ship to Surface a year ago, though I base than on personal experience only, as I must: I never hear from users who did such a thing, and I routinely hear from readers and listeners from the Microsoft and Apple communities. Suffice to say that disappointment with the new MacBook Pro is both loud and unprecedented. I've never seen Apple truly freak out such loyal customers before."]  Thurrott 10:40 AM
  • "On iPhone Tips And Hidden Secrets" Mac 360 9:19 AM
  • "Apple's Brand Of Innovation And Microsoft's Last Gasp" BohemianBoomer 9:04 AM
  • "Apple And The Feds, Sitting In A Tree (K.I.S.S.I.N.G., F.B.I, N.S.A, C.I.A.?)" NoodleMac 9:03 AM
  • "Think About A Touchscreen Mac Pad" Mac360 9:03 AM
  • "The iPhone 6S battery replacement process" Dr. Drang 7:50 AM
  • "Fake Apple News Is Related To Fake Apple Outrage" TeraTalks 7:47 AM
  • "Apple iPhone 7S doesn't sound all that great, if you believe THIS rumour" Express UK 7:23 AM
  • "Comment: Why does a company with Apple's environmental credentials sell AppleCare as 92 pages of paper?"  9to5Mac 7:01 AM
  • "The Inside Story Behind Pebble's Demise: The CEO of the feisty smartwatch company explains what went wrong, and why Fitbit scooped it up." Backchannel 3:41 PM
  • "PSA: Several Netgear Routers Have an Easily Exploitable Security Vulnerability, Here's How to Test Yours" Lifehacker 4:01 PM
  • "These Netgear Routers Are Scarily Easy To Hijack" Forbes 2:42 PM
  • "How to enable lift to wake, tap to wake on the Pixel" CNET 2:42 PM
  • "Will Samsung's AI dreams with Viv be hampered by Google, Android? Samsung has big plans for artificial intelligence and acquired a digital assistant named Viv. But a partnership with Google means Google Assistant leads on the smartphone. Samsung, however, sees more AI touch points ahead." ZDNet 9:43 AM
  • "What Does The Future Hold For Pebble Users?" Low End Mac 7:10 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Rejects 'Samsung Pay Mini' App For iOS App Store" Redmond Pie 7:11 PM
  • "Google's great iOS keyboard is now on Android" The Verge 12:46 PM
  • "Kickstarter project solves 2016 MacBook Pro USB-C issue in one elegant package" PRNewswire 12:36 PM
  • "Tech21 Launches Evo Aqua and Evo Aqua 360 Edition for Advanced Waterproof Protection" Business Wire 12:32 PM
  • "JetDrive Lite Storage Expansion Cards For MacBook Air And MacBook Pro With Retina Display" MacPrices 12:32 PM
  • "Don't worry, the ultimate Pokemon Go hack still works with Niantic's new update" BGR 9:46 AM
  • "Bose quietly launches Hearphones: wireless earphones that help you hear in noisy environments" 9to5Mac 9:43 AM
  • "Back by popular demand...The Naztech Power Hub 7" Uneeq 9:39 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of December 12: Bob LeVitus, David Sparks, Apple TV, and Holiday Parties" The MUG Center 9:04 AM
  • "The HyperDrive Is The One Dongle To Rule Them All" Oh Gizmo! 7:22 AM
  • "Do you want to monitor Internet Data used by your PC - TransData does it" prMac 7:10 AM
  • "Jumpy Horse Stickers Bring Equestrian Fun to iOS Messaging" prMac 7:10 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's Surface Hub sales surprisingly strong; it's a huge hardware hit" Ars Technica 3:48 PM
  • "Microsoft had the best month for consumer Surface sales, partially credits MacBook 'disappointment'" TechCrunch 11:59 AM
  • "Microsoft says Surface sales are up as people abandon the MacBook Pro" BGR 4:53 PM
  • "Microsoft investment in Element AI bolsters Montreal's status as AI hub" The Globe and Mail [Free Registration Required] 9:01 AM
  • "Microsoft's $26.2bn LinkedIn acquistion gets green light" netimperative 8:56 AM
  • "How Microsoft emerged from the darkness to embrace the cloud" Seattle Times 9:00 AM
  • "Why Azure's cloud chief believes Microsoft is in prime position" Network World 8:55 AM
  • "Microsoft announces 16 years of support for Windows, SQL Servers" The Register 8:44 AM
  • "Bill Gates insists we can make energy breakthroughs, even under President Trump: Gates tells Recode the time is right to pour big bucks into clean energy." Recode 5:06 PM
  • "Bill Gates to fight climate change with $1b innovation fund" SlashGear 8:43 AM
  • "Tech giant Microsoft announces $1 billion campus in Herzliya" Om Malik 8:58 AM
  • "Microsoft to set up new campus in Herzliya" Arutz Sheva 7 8:40 AM
  • "Mall of America gets an IBM Watson-powered bot for holiday shopping" VentureBeat 8:17 AM
  • "Digital India: AI-powered IBM Watson to help fulfil PM Modi's dream" Business Standard 8:17 AM
  • "IBM MaaS360 delivers powerful, easy-to-use mobility management" Network World 8:16 AM
  • "Study: IBM Watson agrees with cancer docs on treatment options 90% of the time" FierceBiotech 8:13 AM
  • "AI-powered IBM Watson to help Indian enterprises go digital" The Economic Times 8:12 AM
  • "Let's talk about NVMe, let's talk to Dell EMC: Let's talk about $1bn baby DSSD" The Register 8:08 AM
  • "Launch of Intel's Apollo Lake NUCs Gets Closer as Intel Lists Them on Web Site" AnandTech 2:10 PM
  • "AMD chases the AI trend with its Radeon Instinct GPUs for machine learning" PCWorld 12:19 PM
  • "AMD's Mr. Catalyst: 'AMD drivers suck!' That's an Nvidia user that hasn't touched our stuff for 5-10 years.'" PCGamesN 7:58 AM
  • "AMD announces first VEGA accelerator" PCR Online 7:56 AM
  • "AMD RX 460 Unlocked with BIOS Update - Offers 1024 instead of 896 shaders" The Guru of 3D 7:55 AM
  • "Maropost Takes on Salesforce, Oracle for Online Marketing Deals" Bloomberg 7:49 AM
  • "Why Cisco Systems is the 'Top Dividend Stock of the Dow' With 3.5% Yield (CSCO)" Forbes 7:48 AM
  • "What to expect from Cisco in 2017: Cisco will have a great opportunity to flex its enormous networking muscles and move into the next wave of growth" Network World 7:47 AM
  • "Jabra Integrates With Cisco Finesse Platform" Comms Business 7:47 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
Industry News
  • "Dow closes at record as oil surges, tech slump hobbles Nasdaq: Trump tweet weighs on Lockheed shares" MarketWatch 4:03 PM
  • "Dow Posts Another Record Close but Nasdaq Slips Amid Tech Declines: The Dow posts a record close with the S&P 500 lower, while tech stocks dragged on the Nasdaq as Wall Street looks to a Fed decision on interest rates Tuesday." TheStreet 4:03 PM
  • "Stocks close mixed: Dow hits new record high as S&P 500, Nasdaq pull back" Associated Press 4:02 PM
  • "Financial Shares Pressure U.S. Stocks: Dow industrials tick higher again, while U.S. crude oil jumps as a group of oil producers agrees to cut output" [Paid Membership Required] 4:02 PM
  • "Chinese shares tumble, as Shanghai logs biggest daily drop since June: China's crackdown on stock purchases by insurance firms sent shares in Shanghai and Shenzhen sharply lower on Monday, while markets elsewhere in Asia pared early gains made on surging oil prices." MarketWatch 9:05 AM
  • "European stocks fall from 11-month high as focus turns to Federal Reserve: European stock markets fell from an 11-month high on Monday as investors started to focus on the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy meeting later this week." MarketWatch 12:49 PM

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