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Wednesday Highlights: Apple facing opposition in Australia over plans to build mega-store as group seeks to have site get heritage protection; Jason Snell explains why it is a "huge win" for Apple to get Photoshop on iOS; Apple Gazette on the very real threat of ransomware on the Mac; ever wondered how Time Machine does its thing?; Facebook's troubles aren't over, report that nearly 1/4th of Apple employees plan to dump their accounts, and now advertisers accuse the social network of witholding fact video ads aren't being watched in order to keep them paying for such advertisements; Google's Pixel 3 uses pioneering camera tech; Apple announces this Friday as start of iPhone Xr pre-orders.

  • "U.S. appeals court revives antitrust lawsuit against Apple: iPhone app purchasers may sue Apple Inc over allegations that the company monopolized the market for iPhone apps by not allowing users to purchase them outside the App Store, leading to higher prices, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling revives a long-simmering legal challenge originally filed in 2012 taking aim at Apple's practice of only allowing iPhones to run apps purchased from its own App Store. A group of iPhone users sued saying the Cupertino, California, company's practice was anticompetitive."  Reuters 3:33 PM
  • "Apple Must Face Suit Claiming App Store Is Monopoly" PC Magazine 6:48 PM
  • "Apple Sets Its Sights on Hollywood With Plans for Original Content: Apple Inc. is planning to build a significant new business in original television shows and movies, according to people familiar with the matter, a move that could make it a bigger player in Hollywood and offset slowing sales of iPhones and iPads." [Paid Membership Required] 6:55 AM
  • "Apple wants to make its own movies and TV shows — to help it compete with Spotify: Buy Apple Music for $10 a month, and get some free TV shows, too?" Recode 10:23 AM
  • "Report: Apple to produce scripted TV, moving into already-crowded market/The problem is that audiences already have plenty of stuff to watch." Ars Technica 11:55 AM
  • "Apple set to take on Hollywood with 'Westworld' caliber TV shows" The Next Web 10:32 AM
  • "How Apple's culture of secrecy wears down its top developers"  Business Insider 2:44 PM
  • "The First Trillion Dollars is Always the Hardest" ["The revenues from iOS product sales will reach $980 billion by middle of this year. In addition to hardware Apple also books iOS services revenues (including content) which have totaled more than $100 billion to date. This means that iOS will have generated over $1 trillion in revenues for Apple sometime this year."]  asymco 7:00 AM
  • "Apple Set to Earn $1 Trillion in Revenue From iOS Ecosystem By Middle of 2017" MacRumors 7:04 AM
  • "Apple's iOS revenues should exceed $1 trillion in 2017" Business Insider 7:13 AM
  • "How Apple Lost its Luster in 2016" NBC News 6:49 AM
  • "YouTube․com no longer supports 4K video playback in Safari" 9to5Mac 12:39 PM
  • "Safari not able to play new 4K videos from YouTube homepage, likely due to VP9 shift" AppleInsider 2:47 PM
  • "Bye-bye basic editing, hello voice-controlled Photoshop!" iMore 11:54 AM
  • "Opera Debuts New 'Opera Neon' Concept Browser" MacRumors 7:07 AM
  • "macOS Sierra 10.12.3 Beta 4 Released To Developers" Redmond Pie 12:36 PM
  • "Apple issues fourth macOS Sierra beta, second update in less than a week" AppleInsider 12:36 PM
  • "Lock down your Mac with system and networking monitoring tools: A way to improve the integrity of your Mac is to know exactly what's happening on it." Macworld 7:09 AM
  • "Switch Your AirPods Connection Easily with Tooth Fairy" MacStories 11:31 AM
  • "How to update apps you didn't download from the Mac App store" iMore 12:39 PM
  • "How to Kill a Process by Name Instead of PID via Command Line" OS X Daily 2:47 PM
  • "How To Rewind Your Mac's Screen" McSolo 7:56 AM
  • "It Seems YouTube Doesn't Support 4K Playback In Safari Any More, Here's Why" Redmond Pie 9:00 PM
  • "Merging macOS and iOS at the app level" iMore 7:08 AM
  • "App Extensions Are Not a Replacement for User Automation" Daring Fireball 7:04 AM
Press Releases
  • "Cocktail 9.4.2 (El Capitan Edition) has been released." Maintain 8:47 AM
  • "Cisdem Released DocumentReader 3 For Mac Add Winmail.dat Files" Cisdem 7:29 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple, GM, Uber, Lyft, Hyperloop & others join U.S. Department of Transportation Automation Committee that will oversee self-driving vehicles" Electrek 10:25 AM
  • "Apple SVP Lisa Jackson named as member of new US DOT automated vehicle committee" AppleInsider 10:32 AM
  • "Apple Crushed Wireless Headphones Sales in December" Investopedia 7:12 AM
  • "Gartner Says 2016 Marked Fifth Consecutive Year of Worldwide PC Shipment Decline" [Apple in 5th place with 7.5% global shipments] Business Wire 7:13 AM
  • "Siri creator Dag Kittlaus went in for a simple exam and found a pancreatic tumor" Recode 7:09 AM
  • "Original iPhone design team reunites for 10th anniversary" Cult of Mac 10:32 AM
  • "Suspected San Bernardino iPhone penetrators Cellebrite fall victim to server hack" AppleInsider 3:39 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: iPod drives profits to new heights" Cult of Mac 8:46 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Data from wearables can predict disease" The Verge 1:08 PM
  • "This Is What Trump's CIA Pick Thinks About Encrypted Messaging Apps: Rep. Mike Pompeo says strong encryption in personal communications shouldn't be used as the basis for surveillance. But..." BuzzFeed 12:39 PM
  • "Robot kill switches & legal status: MEPs endorse AI proposal" RT 11:13 AM
  • "Amazon's Alexa ecosystem is exploding, for better and worse" Engadget 10:25 AM
  • "Ransomware: A college in Los Angeles just paid $28,000 to hackers" Digital Trends 7:01 AM
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 102 | Tesla poaches Swift creator, iPhone turns 10, & Wireless CarPlay hits CES" 9to5Mac 6:11 PM
  • "Rebound 119: The Old Codgers Show" Six Colors 2:47 PM
  • "Apple's TV Series Hunt, Pennies in Macs -TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-12" The Mac Observer 12:53 PM
  • "Interview with a hacker: Kapustkiy from New World Hackers/New World Hackers claimed responsibility for the Dyn botnet attack. One of the group's database experts explains how he attacks networks, what happens to stolen data, and the mindset of a hacker." TechRepublic 11:12 AM
  • "Consumer Reports Now Recommends MacBook Pros: New Apple software fixes a battery issue found in CR tests. The software, now in beta, will be part of a broad update soon."  Consumer Reports 6:09 PM
  • "After software fix, Consumer Reports now recommends MacBook Pros" ZDNet 6:48 PM
  • "I don't expect Energous wireless charging in iPhone 8" Computerworld 11:31 AM
  • "Adobe shows concept video of voice-based photo editing on an iPad" 9to5Mac 7:05 AM
  • "Why to avoid third-party Cydia Substrate 'patches' for the iOS 10 beta jailbreak" iDownload Blog 7:04 AM
  • "Apple boosts tvOS app size limit to 4GB" AppleInsider 6:11 PM
  • "Apple releases iOS 10.2.1 beta 4 for developers" 9to5Mac 3:34 PM
Apple Patent Applications
  • "Apple was working on AirPods since at least 2015, patent filing shows" AppleInsider 7:01 AM
  • "Apple's Future Headset to work with Gaming Overlays, Take Commands via Siri & use Haptics for Experiences" Patently Apple 7:10 AM
  • "Future AirPods may serve as a sports monitoring system" Apple World Today 9:06 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "12" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:41 AM
  • "9" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:41 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:41 AM

  • "LG UltraFine 5K is a great display for new MacBook Pros (and looks aren't everything)" Apple World Today 7:08 AM
  • "Review: DJI Osmo Mobile" Thurrott 12:59 PM
  • "Review: Revogi Smart Lightbulb, Smart Lightstrip, Smart Candle + Smart Meter Plug" iLounge 3:13 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Brian Eno: Reflection review: A chance to experience Eno's music as he intended it" Macworld 8:45 AM
  • "'The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth' Review - Good Things Come to Those Who Wait" Touch Arcade 7:04 AM
  • "'Cannonfire Concerto' Review - A Star's Life is Never Dull" Touch Arcade 6:25 PM
  • "How to create automations in the iOS Home app" iMore 2:49 PM
  • "How to Make Any Video Play Perfectly on Your Smartphone" Gizmodo 2:45 PM
  • "How to Use Steve Jobs's Insanely Simple Strategy for Getting What You Want" Inc. 2:44 PM
  • "Do More With Apple Music Streaming Service—Part 3" Envato Tuts+ 10:31 AM
  • "How to use Universal Clipboard on your iPhone or iPad" iMore 8:45 AM
  • "How to quickly check that your home IoT devices are secure" PCWorld 7:05 AM
  • "The Best Ways to Share iPhone Photos with Your Family and Friends" iPhone Hacks 6:10 PM
  • "Apple Watch and iPhone: Filtering Your Activity Data" The Mac Observer 8:45 AM
  • "The real stories behind how Alexa, Siri and Cortana got their names" Mashable 8:39 PM
  • "9th Circuit Allows App Store 'Monopoly' Class Action against Apple to Proceed" The Mac Observer 6:11 PM
  • "Why a 10.5-inch iPad Pro isn't totally crazy" Cult of Mac 4:11 PM
  • "The Battle Lines in Tech are Being Redrawn"  Above Avalon 2:49 PM
  • "AirPods vs Android: How Apple's headphones work cross-platform" iMore 2:47 PM
  • "What Apple needs to do to win with iPhone 8" FOXNews 2:45 PM
  • "If Apple's Video Plan Is Really This Half-Assed, It Will Be a Disaster"  Gizmodo 1:19 PM
  • "Peter Thiel believes the 'age of Apple is over'" BGR 1:08 PM
  • "While Study Shows VR Taking Off—Apple Plans Indicate Augmented Reality (AR) Direction" Architosh 12:57 PM
  • "Apple in 2016: The Six Colors report card" Six Colors 11:31 AM
  • "Swift-ing to Autopilot: Why did Lattner leave for Tesla?" iMore 11:31 AM
  • "Opinion: Does Apple need to make an Amazon Echo/Google Home speaker, or just make Siri better?" 9to5Mac 10:31 AM
  • "Apple, Tesla, retention, and reality" iMore 9:06 AM
  • "Apple Glasses: The Next Big Thing" Mac360 8:45 AM
  • "Apple's Future, 10 Years From Now" Mac360 8:44 AM
  • "Apple And The Artificial Intelligence Myths" PixoBebo 8:44 AM
  • "Apple's sets its sights on Hollywood with plans for original content" The Loop 7:48 AM
  • "Bad example: The 1990s wasn't Apple's best decade" Macworld 7:31 AM
  • "Are Apple and Facebook Up to Something Fishy in China?" Market Realist 7:12 AM
  • "People, not technology, drive innovation" BetaNews 1:21 PM
  • "Report Says VR Awareness Rising—But Which Brands Surprises..." Architosh 12:32 PM
  • "The 5 problems Nintendo must solve with the Switch" The Verge 11:05 AM
  • "Why Disney Should Buy Netflix" Tech.pinions [Insider Content] 7:09 AM
  • "Why I'm Optimistic About the Future of Cars" Tech.pinions 7:08 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Pad & Quill's Cartella Slim Case for 2016 MacBook Pro looks gorgeous" iMore 1:24 PM
  • "Google Maps now lets you get an Uber without leaving the app" The Verge 12:39 PM
  • "Sonnet Launches Thunderbolt™ 3-to-PCI Express® Card Expansion Systems for Mac and Windows" Wall Street Communications 12:32 PM
  • "The new free-to-play PvP Star Wars Force Arena is available for download today on the App Store" 9to5Mac 12:10 PM
  • "AI-fueled Synqq app update lets you use your voice to add notes and calendar entries" TechCrunch 8:04 AM
  • "iHome Smart Plug can control anything in your house with Alexa or Siri" BGR 7:42 AM
  • "Travel Inspiration Comes to Apple TV With New App" PRNewswire 7:15 AM
  • "Swiftpage Raises the Bar for CRM Software Connectivity and Performance with All New Act! App on" PRNewswire 7:15 AM
  • "2016 Macbook Pro Cases Putting the Book back into MacBook" prMac 8:46 AM
  • "Wordrops introduced for iOS/Android - Addictive New Word Puzzle Game" prMac 7:01 AM
  • "Bankable Celebrations released for iOS - Send Special eCards with Cash" prMac 7:01 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft employees sue over PTSD after company required them to watch child porn and murder" Neowin 7:01 AM
  • "Former child porn moderators claim Microsoft failed to treat their PTSD: Ex-employees were also responsible for reviewing murders, bestiality, and other gruesome content" The Verge 7:04 AM
  • "Microsoft Is Being Sued by Online Moderators, Who Say Watching Violent Images Gave Them PTSD" Time 7:07 AM
  • "Microsoft sued by former employees, who've failed to receive PTSD treatment post profane content moderation" The Tech Portal 7:35 AM
  • "Microsoft Forced Its Employees To Watch Child Porn, And Now They're Suing For Trauma" IndiaTimes 7:46 AM
  • "Microsoft says that its investigating the release of Windows 10 Mobile build 14998" Neowin 11:53 AM
  • "Microsoft Revamps Windows 10's Privacy Settings in Creators Update" eWeek 6:57 AM
  • "Madrona appoints Microsoft's former developer division chief as managing partner" TechCrunch 7:35 AM
  • "Intermedia Lands Three Microsoft Execs, Revamps Sales Structure As It Aims To Become A $400M Player" CRN 7:35 AM
  • "HP to Gain on PC Stabilization, Apple Bounces Back" Barron's 2:48 PM
  • "Dell Canvas vs Microsoft Surface Studio Specs and Features: Dell Releases Touchscreen Monitor Similar to Microsoft Offering; Cost is Almost Half as Surface Studio" Mobile and Apps 7:09 AM
  • "Intel's Latest NUC Costs $232 Including Windows 10" PC Magazine 7:15 AM
  • "Intel Releases Study Showing High Awareness Of Driverless Cars" VR-Zone 7:15 AM
  • "Here's How AMD Delievers 2X Usable Graphic Memory Using High Bandwidth Cache" MobiPicker 7:10 AM
  • "IBM Watson Health, FDA Partner to Further Cancer Research" Zacks 6:12 PM
  • "IBM bets on the blockchain to keep your medical data safe" ZDNet 11:53 AM
  • "IBM: Hm, medical record security... security... Got it – we need blockchains/Big Blue pretty sure it can sell more Watson boxes if this works" The Register 7:20 AM
  • "IBM's Watson Supercomputer Will Use Blockchain Tech To Secure Patient Data" iTech Post 7:21 AM
  • "IBM Leads as U.S. Patents Rebound: U.S. patent office, IBM hit record highs" EE Times 7:22 AM
  • "IBM, FDA Look to Blockchain to Secure Health Records" Light Reading 7:25 AM
  • "IBM Watson Health and FDA to Use Blockchain for Secure Exchange of Healthcare Data" Coinspeaker 7:25 AM
  • "IBM Goes Head On Against Goldman Sachs In The Divisional Round" Seeking Alpha 7:25 AM
  • "Cisco v. Arista patent and copyright infringement cases see conflicting rulings at ITC, N.D. Cal." IP Watchdog 7:11 AM
  • "GeForce GTX 1080 Ti announced at PAX March 10th?" The Guru of 3D 7:15 AM
  • "This fake security email tries to make your PC part of a botnet" ZDNet 7:46 AM
  • "The PC Market Has Now Declined for Five Years" Thurrott 10:16 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple A Buy At Current Levels Or A Buy At Higher Prices" Forbes 6:55 AM
Industry News
  • "Nasdaq snaps 7-day win streak as stocks cool before earning season/Analyst: 'Trump presidency is unlikely to be a one-way bet'" MarketWatch 4:09 PM
  • "A Nasdaq Record Abruptly Ended on Thursday: Financials and tech didn't help." TheStreet 4:08 PM
  • "Nasdaq win streak ends at 7 days as stocks dip: Stocks dipped Thursday but finished off early, sharp lows, giving back gains from the day before." Associated Press 4:08 PM
  • "Financial Shares Drag Down U.S. Stocks: Several major U.S. banks are slated to report earnings Friday" [Paid Membership Required] 4:07 PM
  • "Asian markets off to the races, hoping Trump will reveal stimulus details" MarketWatch 7:57 AM
  • "European stocks trim gains after Trump comments send drug stocks lower" MarketWatch 7:58 AM

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