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Monday Highlights: Ad-free Shazam coming as Apple completes acquisition of song-identifying service; Apple partners with Salesforce to bring "together the world's number one CRM platform with iPhone and iPad, the world's best devices for business"; CNBC's Jim Cramer says "deal is so big, you should have to pay more for both stocks"—more in our Apple/Macintosh section; Bloomberg report highlights iPhone storage as most lucrative feature; Mojave set to drop today, plenty of install helps, tips, and more in our OS X section; of new iPhones, the XS Max is the hot seller, not so with the XS; Tim Cook's Apple aims for squeaky-clean image when it comes to original content, eschewing sex, drugs, and violence; TechCrunch says strategy will yield "really, really bad" content; Macworld finds new A12 chip in iPhones gives huge boost to upload/download speeds; reviews of Apple Watch Series 4 from VentureBeat, Cult of Mac, XS/XS Max review from VentureBeat; SquareTrade tests new iPhones out for breakability; iFixit tears down Apple Watch Series 4.

  • "Apple sues Qualcomm for roughly $1 billion over royalties: Apple is suing Qualcomm for roughly $1 billion, saying Qualcomm has been 'charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with.' The suit follows the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's lawsuit against Qualcomm earlier this week over unfair patent licensing practices."  CNBC 3:00 PM
  • "Apple Sues Qualcomm Over Licensing Practices: Apple alleges Qualcomm sought onerous terms for technology; Apple had cooperated in Korean probe into Qualcomm's licencing practices" [Paid Membership Required] 3:24 PM
  • "Apple files a billion dollar royalty suit against Qualcomm" TechCrunch 3:24 PM
  • "Apple sues Qualcomm for withholding $1 billion 'as retaliation'" The Verge 3:24 PM
  • "Apple files $1 billion lawsuit against chip supplier Qualcomm" Reuters 9:36 PM
  • "Apple Adds to Qualcomm's Troubles, Filing Lawsuit Over Rebates" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:36 PM
  • "Canada's Competition Bureau reaches deal with Apple, publishers" Reuters 9:36 PM
  • "The case for a touchscreen Mac: If touchscreens are the future, than Apple may be missing an opportunity to grow."  Macworld 6:17 AM
  • "Is Apple's golden age over? Former Apple engineer thinks so"  FOXNews 2:55 PM
  • "Amazon and Apple end exclusive deal on audio books" BBC 7:11 AM
  • "Apple and Amazon end audiobook exclusivity agreement after EC probe" V3 9:00 AM
  • "Apple Is Ready to Make iPhones in India, for a Price"  Bloomberg 8:32 AM
  • "Apple 'wish list' for Indian manufacturing includes breaks on taxes & duties for imports" AppleInsider 8:32 AM
  • "Tim Cook Cashes in $3.6 Million in Stock as Respected Analyst Gives Him Passing Grades" MacRumors 9:35 AM
  • "No internet connection? Be prepared for iTunes to drive you crazy: iTunes should be smart enough to know when an internet connection isn't necessary. But it isn't." Macworld 7:10 AM
  • "Secrets for Mac and Secrets Touch review: A simple, no-frills password manager for Mac and iOS/Secrets allows users to easily and securely store passwords, credit card numbers, bank details, and other confidential information with OpenPGP and AES encryption." Macworld 8:31 AM
  • "How to enable two-factor authentication for your Apple ID" TechRepublic 10:44 AM
  • "Freeze Frame In iMovie" MacMost 10:41 AM
  • "How to use Search in Photos for Mac" iMore 6:36 AM
  • "Where Do AirDrop Files Go? Locating AirDrop Files on Mac and iOS" OS X Daily 10:01 AM
  • "Free:' Manage Tasks On Mac, iPhone, iPad" Mac360 7:46 AM
Press Releases
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "iPhone 7 Plus accounts for bigger piece of U.S. pie: Larger iPhone's share shoots up nearly 70% in December quarter compared to 2015" Computerworld 7:04 AM
  • "Apple Tops Customer Loyalty Engagement Report For A Range Of Tech Categories" Digital Trends 10:13 AM
  • "Report claims Apple Music pays more to record labels in royalties per stream than Spotify" AppleInsider 3:50 PM
  • "Apple Authorized Reseller Simply Mac closing multiple locations around the United States this month" 9to5Mac 6:17 AM
  • "Apple Authorized Reseller Simply Mac is closing multiple stores" Cult of Mac 9:13 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Sequel to '1984' Mac ad bombs hard" Cult of Mac 8:31 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Amazon is launching a training program to hire more veterans" Mashable 9:02 PM
  • "Is Tidal being honest about its subscriber numbers? A report from Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv says it isn't." Engadget 1:59 PM
  • "Researchers make a graphene superconductor: Which doesn't need to be chilled down to crazy temperatures to work." Engadget 9:52 AM
  • "Inside Pandora's Quest to Take on Spotify, Apple Music & Amazon" Billboard 8:45 AM
  • "Nintendo signals end for Wii U" BBC 7:11 AM
  • "Twilight's Kristen Stewart co-authored a paper on artificial intelligence" Business Insider 7:03 AM
  • "Japan is testing USB phone charging stations in public transport buses" The Next Web 6:42 AM
  • "Samsung Note 7 investigation will blame 'irregularly sized' batteries and manufacturing flaws, says WSJ" The Verge 6:41 AM
  • "Too Many Games For a Clever Title - The TouchArcade Show #291" Touch Arcade 9:04 PM
  • "Podcast: US Retail Trends. What Sold and What Didn't in US Consumer Tech" Tech.pinions 9:04 PM
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 103 | Latest iPad and MacBook Pro rumors, 10 features we want in the next macOS, more" 9to5Mac 1:05 PM
  • "Another updated MacBook Pro coming in 2017, this week on The CultCast" Cult of Mac 8:31 AM
  • "Questionable Rumor Suggests Group FaceTime is Coming in iOS 11" MacRumors 8:57 PM
  • "iOS 11 to Bring Group FaceTime Video Calling?" iClarified 9:04 PM
  • "Foxconn to set up factory in conjunction with Apple R&D center in Shenzhen, says report" DigiTimes 6:54 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Best Buy gives you a free iPhone SE with every Sprint iPhone 7 purchase" BGR 9:05 PM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:42 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:42 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:42 AM

  • "Withings Steel HR review: A hybrid smartwatch with heart/Withings took its classic stainless steel watch and added an optical heart rate sensor and a digital display." Macworld 6:17 AM
  • "Hands-on: Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus gives you iPhone-controlled dynamic accent lighting with ease [Video] 9to5Mac 8:57 PM
  • "Mujjo leather sleeves protect your MacBook Pro with style" Apple World Today 7:11 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Timepage calendar iPhone app by Moleskine adds style to events" AppleInsider 10:31 AM
  • "Accessing a Mac from an iOS Device Using Screens" Envato Tuts+ 6:37 AM
  • "How-to: Share photos, videos & songs with Apple Music Connect & manage your artist profile" 9to5Mac 8:57 PM
  • "How To Create Custom Gradient Wallpapers For Your iPhone" AddictiveTips 12:23 PM
  • "How To Find And Delete Duplicate Photos On Your iPhone" AddictiveTips 12:22 PM
  • "How to use your iPhone to translate foreign words to English (no app required)" iDownload Blog 8:30 AM
  • "How to find, view, and delete everything the Amazon Echo and Google Home know about you" TechHive 6:38 AM
  • "Will Trump be good for Apple? [Friday Night Fights] Cult of Mac 9:05 PM
  • "Wearables have got some work to do this year" TechCrunch 8:59 PM
  • "Your Apple Watch Could Eventually Become a Complete BioMed Lab" The Mac Observer 8:14 PM
  • "Those fuzzy feelings you have about Apple are by design" Cult of Mac 2:47 PM
  • "5K vs. 4K: Which HD display is better for your Mac?" iMore 1:13 PM
  • "What's next for iOS? We break down rumored Siri updates, Dark/Theatre Modes, AR features & much more" 9to5Mac 12:00 PM
  • "Apple Music appears to be the most artist friendly streaming service" Apple Music 9:08 AM
  • "Apple's Role In Democracy's Decline" Mac360 8:32 AM
  • "iPhone 8 And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Headline" NoodleMac 8:32 AM
  • "Dear Apple, I Won't Buy These From You" Mac360 8:32 AM
  • "Why Aren't Smartwatches Smaller?" Kirkville 8:30 AM
  • "Are Apple's wireless Airpods worth shelling out $160? Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode debate what's so special about Airpods on Too Embarrassed to Ask." Recode 6:38 AM
  • "Mac Pro concept is the perfect desktop Apple won't make" Cult of Mac 6:37 AM
  • "Google Pixel XL Vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: 6 Weeks With Android Nougat Purity" HotHardware 11:55 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Coming January 21: Gene Steinberg meets columnist Kirk McElhearn and author Bob 'Dr. Mac' LeVitus, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 8:05 PM
  • "Twelve South Releases RelaxedLeather Cases for iPhone 7 And 7 Plus" MacPrices 11:55 AM
  • "LifeProof Nuud Case for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Now Available" AppAdvice 1:05 PM
  • "LifeProof redesigns its waterproof NUUD case for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus" 9to5Mac 10:01 AM
  • "Matterport Virtual Reality (VR) Content Now Available on Apple iPhone" Business Wire 7:25 AM
  • "Retro Patents let you decorate your wall with the world's greatest ideas" The Next Web 7:11 AM
  • "Astropad Studio Is an iPad App That Changes Your Mac" Subtraction 6:38 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Warns Businesses: Update to Windows 10 ASAP" CIO Today 12:18 PM
  • "Microsoft Says Windows 7 Is Now Dangerously Insecure" CIO Today 12:18 PM
  • "Windows Subscribers Given Second Chance For Free Windows 10 Upgrade" Silicon 12:02 PM
  • "Microsoft Experimenting with New Windows 10 Update Options" Softpedia 12:02 PM
  • "Microsoft means business with new free Windows 10 offer" TechRadar UK 11:59 AM
  • "Microsoft's standing to sue over secret U.S. data requests in question: The company has objected in a lawsuit to unreasonable US government requests for customer data" IDG News Service 7:05 AM
  • "Microsoft launches 'Azure Analysis Services'" IANS 6:53 AM
  • "IBM Revenue Decline Continues Despite Cloud & Analytics Growth" Silicon 11:31 AM
  • "GE and IBM earnings reports have something unusual in common" MarketWatch 11:31 AM
  • "IBM Is Just One of the Stocks Jim Cramer Is Watching After Trump's Inauguration" TheStreet 11:30 AM
  • "IBM results show shift to AI and cloud business focus" ComputerWeekly 11:30 AM
  • "IBM Tops Q4 Earnings, Revenue Estimates" Investopedia 6:52 AM
  • "Chart: IBM Under Heavy Pressure/ After an initial post-earnings bounce, IBM is headed for a gap-lower open." TheStreet 7:10 AM
  • "HP Elite Slice Review & Rating" PC Magazine 11:18 AM
  • "HP is offering $200 off when you buy its Elite x3 Windows 10 Mobile flagship and Lap Dock" Neowin 11:18 AM
  • "Best Intel processor: Core i3, i5 and i7 explained" TrustedReviews 10:40 AM
  • "Get a Z270 motherboard, 7600K CPU, and an Intel SSD for £400" PC Gamer 10:49 AM
  • "6 Predictions For The $203 Billion Big Data Analytics Market" Forbes 10:51 AM
  • "Samsung Electronics Occupies 11.8% Share of Global Chip Market Last Year" ["Intel recorded a market share of 15.9% last year and took the top spot for the 25th consecutive year."] Business Korea 7:30 AM
  • "Oracle Will Stop Trusting MD5-Signed JAR Files in April" SecurityWeek 10:05 AM
  • "Is Oracle Federal Lawsuit Indicative of a Larger Problem in Tech?" NBC News 10:04 AM
  • "Oracle dumps Solaris 12 for a cloudy future" Channel Eye 10:03 AM
  • "Cisco Unified Communications Manager Input Validation Flaw in Login Request Lets Remote Users Conduct Cross-Site Scripting Attacks" Security Tracker 9:49 AM
  • "Cisco IOS/IOx Web Interface Flaw Lets Remote Users Obtain Potentially Sensitive Information on the Target System" Security Tracker 9:49 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple: An Unexpected Positive Appears" Seeking Alpha 10:41 AM
  • "Lion's share of Apple's revenue expansion after 'iPhone 8' expected from services growth" AppleInsider 9:13 AM
  • "Apple is ticking higher after the world's largest asset manager says it has been loading up on shares" Business Insider 9:25 AM
  • "The world's largest asset manager is loading up on Apple" Business Insider 9:13 AM
  • "Investment firm BlackRock increases stake in Apple stock, now owns 6.1% of shares" AppleInsider 12:41 PM
Industry News
  • "Dow ends 5-session skid to begin the Trump presidential era: Bristol-Myers tumbles, won't seek accelerated approval for a lung cancer treatment" MarketWatch 8:07 PM
  • "Wall Street Ushers in the Trump Era With Gains: The beginning of a new presidency boosted U.S. markets on Friday but stocks moved off highs shortly after Donald Trump was sworn into office." TheStreet 8:06 PM
  • "Stocks snap losing streak as Trump sworn in" USA Today 1:09 PM
  • "Stocks Rise After President Trump Takes Oath of Office" FOXBusiness 8:06 PM
  • "Dow Gets a Lift as Trump Takes Office: Swings sparked by the new president continue; blue chips fall 0.3% for the week" [Paid Membership Required] 8:06 PM
  • "China stocks gain on economic data; other Asian markets mostly lower: Investors largely waiting for signs after Trump sworn in" MarketWatch 7:23 AM
  • "European stocks waver, but banks gain ahead of Trump ceremony: Stoxx 600 set for weekly decline" MarketWatch 7:23 AM

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