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Friday 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.

  • "The state of the Apple HomeKit market: Apple's smart-home ecosystem has yet to coalesce/The smart home space remains the domain of the early adopter, but Apple's HomeKit market is more scattered than most."  TechHive 7:01 AM
  • "Top 3 Chinese Smartphone Vendors Grab Nearly Half of China's Market in 2016, says IDC" ["2016 was the first time ever that Apple saw a YoY decline in the PRC market. Even though the new black colored iPhones caught the attention of consumers, overall, the new launches did not create as much of a frenzy compared to the past. Despite the decline, IDC does not believe Chinese vendors have actually eaten away Apple's market share. Most Apple users are expected to be holding out for the new iPhone that will be launched this year, and that will help the brand to see a growth in 2017. Apple's 10-year anniversary iPhone will also likely attract some of the high-end Android users in China to convert to an iPhone."]  IDC 10:11 AM
  • "Apple's market share in China falls for first time" CNBC 10:11 AM
  • "Apple beats 'the Apple of China' in China: Xiaomi has fallen from the top spot to No. 5 in just one year, while Apple sees some slippage of its own." CNET 12:19 PM
  • "Apple Hits Out at Australian Banks Over Apple Pay Boycott Motive"  Bloomberg 7:00 AM
  • "Apple Said to Revive Efforts to Sell Used iPhones in India" Bloomberg 7:13 AM
  • "Jony Ive now has the role that Steve Jobs had at Apple, not Tim Cook, an Apple analyst says" Business Insider UK 12:31 PM
  • "As he continues France trip, Tim Cook talks AI/AR, taxes, iPhone production, and more in new interview"  9to5Mac 5:27 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses rumored Paris retail store, EU tax ruling, AI, AR in interview" AppleInsider 6:41 PM
  • "How to add or remove a wireless network on your Mac: Having your Mac remember your go-to networks is helpful, but sometimes your preferences can get lost in the mix. Here's how to add, remove, and prioritize Wi-Fi on your Mac." TechRepublic 4:08 PM
  • "Apple File System (APFS): What you need to know!" iMore 12:19 PM
  • "The case of the Mac that self-plays YouTube videos: Are ghost to blame? Is the Mac haunted?" Macworld 7:11 AM
  • "Freshly Squeezed Reviews: There's A New Kid In Town" YMP Now 6:38 AM
  • "Grab Entire Webpage or Window Contents" MacMost 8:52 AM
  • "How To Manage Fonts On Your Mac" Mac360 7:56 AM
Press Releases
  • "Seal makes it easy to create seal titles for Apple's Final Cut Pro X" Apple World Today 7:08 AM
  • "Netflix extension for Chrome is your shortcut to a ton of hidden categories" The Next Web 7:06 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "U.S. tech firms file legal brief opposing Trump's immigration ban: Several technology giants, including Apple, Google and Microsoft, banded together on Sunday to file a legal brief opposing President Donald Trump's temporary immigration ban, arguing that it 'inflicts significant harm on American business.'"  Reuters 7:07 AM
  • "Apple, Google, and 95 other tech firms join forces to fight Trump travel ban: Companies say executive order is 'overbroad...lacks any basis in precedent.'"  Ars Technica 7:08 AM
  • "Apple to Zynga File Legal Brief Against Trump Immigration Order" Bloomberg 7:13 AM
  • "Tech Firms Including Apple, Google Fight Immigration Order: Companies claim order harms U.S. business, innovation and growth" [Paid Membership Required] 7:13 AM
  • "Tech giants Apple, Google and Facebook are fighting President Trump's immigration ban: A group of 97 companies, most from the tech industry, filed a legal brief opposing the travel ban." Recode 7:00 AM
  • "Tech giants oppose Trump immigration ban" BBC 8:02 AM
  • "Apple is Getting Pushed Around in China By Local Phone Brands" Bloomberg 7:13 AM
  • "Setting up plants in India will not affect China's iPhone makers" Global Times 8:42 AM
  • "Made in India coming soon for Apple iPhone production" DigiTimes 7:11 AM
  • "Apple Retail Update: Danbury Store Closes for Next-Generation Redesign, Dubai to Get Second Store" MacRumors 11:56 AM
  • "Apple launches 'Back to Uni' promotion for students in Australia and New Zealand" iMore 1:06 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: Steve Wozniak leaves Apple" Cult of Mac 8:31 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "FCC Limits Broadband Subsidies, Abandons Prison Call Caps" PC Magazine 9:14 PM
  • "The Mars rover just sent back data that has scientists completely stumped" BGR 7:14 PM
  • "Google is fixing AMP's screwy URL problem" The Next Web 4:12 PM
  • "TMO Background Mode: Interview with with Tech Community Facilitator Jonathan Bernstein" The Mac Observer 3:57 PM
  • "Jawbone Bails Out of Consumer Fitness Tracker Market" The Mac Observer 3:22 PM
  • "Samsung Edges Closer To A Foldable Phone In New Images" Forbes 10:27 AM
  • "Upgrade #127: Congratulations, You're an Analyst" Six Colors 4:08 PM
  • "Apple and the Broken FaceTime Lawsuit -TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-06" The Mac Observer 1:39 PM
  • "Dozens of popular iPhone apps vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks"  ZDNet 5:29 PM
  • "Dozens of popular iOS apps vulnerable to intercept of TLS-protected data: 76 apps in Apple's App Store still don't use best practices to protect user data." Ars Technica 8:08 PM
  • "Apple plans new smaller Ultra Accessory Connector (UAC) for Made-for-iPhone accessories"  9to5Mac 1:44 PM
  • "Apple is Working on a Smaller Ultra Accessory Connector (UAC) for Made-for-iPhone Accessories" iClarified 4:08 PM
  • "Relax, Apple isn't introducing another new connector" The Verge 4:08 PM
  • "Shielded LG UltraFine 5K displays headed to Apple stores, fixes done on case-by-case basis" AppleInsider 12:20 PM
  • "W1-equipped BeatsX headphones begin arriving in NYC Apple stores" AppleInsider 8:44 AM
  • "BeatsX earphones sporadically appearing in stock for pickup at Apple Stores ahead of launch, still unavailable to purchase" 9to5Mac 9:26 AM
  • "Apple Building 'iPhone 8' Earlier Than Normal, It Would Appear, Says BlueFin" Barron's 4:07 PM
  • "Download: iOS 10.3 Beta 2 Released With Find My AirPods Feature And More" Redmond Pie 12:38 PM
  • "Apple Seeds tvOS 10.2 Beta 2 And watchOS 3.2 Beta 2" Redmond Pie 12:38 PM
  • "Apple releases second betas for iOS 10.3, tvOS 10.2, and watchOS 3.2 to developers" iLounge 12:38 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:56 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:56 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:56 AM

  • "The Simple Pleasure of Wireless Headphones" Lifehacker 7:08 AM
  • "These Are the 7 Best Wireless Headphones Under $100" Time 6:05 PM
  • "The Poof pet activity tracker makes helicopter pet parenting possible" iMore 10:12 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Inkitt: Free Book Reading app with Content from Independent Authors" eXtensions 8:55 AM
  • "Roller Coaster Tycoon Classic review: Amusement park simulator a ton of fun on iOS/For die-hard fans of Roller Coaster Tycoon, the classic has returned. And it's good." Macworld 8:31 AM
  • "'Tappy Cat - Musical Kitty Arcade' Review - This Rhythm Game is the Cat's Meow" Touch Arcade 12:07 PM
  • "How to view AirPods hardware details, check and update firmware¬†[Video] 9to5Mac 9:36 PM
  • "How to Keep Amazon Echo and Google Home From Responding to Your TV" Wired 12:20 PM
  • "Guide to Setting Up a Cyber Contract with Your Children: Tomorrow is Safer Internet Day, a day in which the cyber community joins together to help make the Internet a safer and better place for all, especially children and young people. From cyberbullying to social media, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging cyber safety issues and a variety of current parental concerns." Intego 9:26 AM
  • "How to sync your iPhone or iPad to iTunes" iMore 9:10 AM
  • "Here is how to cut, trim and edit a song on your iPhone or iPad with this free audio editor" phoneArena 8:43 AM
  • "Quick Apple Watch Tip: Get to know the new App Dock" The Mac Observer 2:36 PM
  • "Here's How To Make Your Facebook News Feed Less Miserable/A friendly PSA: you can block your slightly racist uncle without unfriending him." BuzzFeed 8:31 AM
  • "The iPhone 8 could be the first step to making Apple great again" BGR 9:36 PM
  • "Apple Beats Samsung in Smartphone Market Share, Data Shows" Apple Must 3:31 PM
  • "Apple Knocked Off As The World's Most Valuable Brand: What's Next?" Seeking Alpha 1:10 PM
  • "Insane iPhone 8 concept features 'transparent' display" Cult of Mac 12:38 PM
  • "Scoble doubles down on Apple eyeglasses in 2017 (Video)" Apple 3.0 11:56 AM
  • "What Apple Can Learn from Airwalk"  TidBITS 9:26 AM
  • "The Problem With Apple Pay" TeraTalks 8:25 AM
  • "All That's Wrong With The iPad" Mac360 8:16 AM
  • "How Many Operating Systems Do We Need" NoodleMac 8:05 AM
  • "Vizio Smart TVs Spied on You, and the FTC Settled with a Wrist Slap" The Mac Observer 7:27 PM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple shares simplistic Shot on iPhone 7 ad called 'One Night'" 9to5Mac 9:19 PM
  • "Apple shares new 'One Night' ad as part of 'Shot on iPhone 7' campaign" AppleInsider 9:19 PM
  • "Apple Maps Now Offers Transit Directions for New Orleans" MacTrast 11:56 AM
  • "Transit directions for New Orleans launch on Apple Maps ahead of Mardi Gras" iDownload Blog 11:56 AM
  • "5 accessories that will make sure you never lose your AirPods" BGR 10:27 AM
  • "The Shadow of Devilwood 1.0 for iOS/Android - Adventure Game" prMac 7:22 AM
  • "Ping out to kill the business card and the network" prMac 7:17 AM
  • "Emojiplode introduced for iOS - Fast-Paced Arcade-Style Casual Game" prMac 7:17 AM
  • "Portable Keychain Alcohol Tester - Alcohol Analyzer for iPhone / iPad / iPod" Allputer 6:39 AM
Computer Industry
  • "97 tech firms team up against Trump's immigration ban" Engadget 8:29 AM
  • "Key tech companies oppose Trump immigration order in court" PCWorld 8:29 AM
  • "Google, Facebook, Uber, and nearly 100 others team up to take on Trump's travel ban" The Next Web 8:28 AM
  • "Tech giants unite against Trump's immigration ban" Tech Central 8:28 AM
  • "Adobe, Bungie, IAC and HP join amicus brief against Trump's immigration order" The Verge 6:03 PM
  • "Tech Finds Its Voice On Travel Ban Even Though Things Might Get Loud" Forbes 8:26 AM
  • "Tech firms join together to file legal brief against Trump's immigration ban" phoneArena 8:20 AM
  • "97 tech firms team up against Trump's immigration ban" Engadget 8:20 AM
  • "Key tech companies oppose Trump immigration order in court" PCWorld 8:19 AM
  • "Windows 10 Close to Becoming Number 1 in Europe Too" Softpedia 8:52 AM
  • "Windows 10 Cloud Leak Points to Potential Chrome OS Fighter" eWeek 9:14 PM
  • "HPE Still Beats HPQ" Forbes 4:08 PM
  • "HP's new 13.3-inch Spectre x360 models are now for sale with a bundled pen and optional 4K" Neowin 6:24 PM
  • "Smart Dubai, IBM launch cognitive services drive" Trade Arabia 8:34 AM
  • "Dell Technologies grabs giant spanner, begins the Great EMC Retool" The Register 8:30 AM
  • "Lenovo ThinkPad P Series Notebooks Crank Out Xeon And Kaby Lake Muscle, Quadro GPUs, 4K Displays" HotHardware 5:15 PM
  • "Intel packs a tablet chip from yesteryear inside New Balance's new RunIQ smartwatch" PCWorld 12:21 PM
  • "Is Intel working on a curved Surface Pro rival?" TrustedReviews 8:27 AM
  • "Intel Considering Microsoft Surface Killer with Curved Display" Softpedia 8:27 AM
  • "Intel could make a curved laptop to take on Microsoft's Surface range" TechRadar UK 8:25 AM
  • "Intel's drone-powered show lit up Lady Gaga's Super Bowl performance" The Next Web 8:26 AM
  • "Intel drones form US flag for Lady Gaga's halftime show" Engadget 8:21 AM
  • "300 Intel drones light up Lady Gaga's Super Bowl act" SlashGear 8:19 AM
  • "Intel drones put on a dazzling light show during Super Bowl's halftime show" TechSpot 8:18 AM
  • "Rumoured AMD Ryzen CPU lineup pops up online and promptly vanishes" PC Games N 8:03 AM
  • "AMD wants some LG, Vizio products banned in US as part of patent infringement complaint" TechSpot 8:03 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen processor lineup leaked" PCR Online 8:02 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen Might Officially Support Windows 7 Unlike Intel's Kaby Lake" HotHardware 5:15 PM
  • "First Product of Intel and AMD Collaboration Could Come Within 2017" SegmentNext 8:02 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen processor full lineup leaked" Hexus 8:01 AM
  • "Startups enabled to take part in public procurements worth up to AMD 1mln | ARMENPRESS Armenian News Agency" AremenPress 7:59 AM
  • "AMD Next Two Catalysts: Vega And Ryzen" Seeking Alpha 7:58 AM
  • "Huawei gets into bed with Oracle to help flog IoT to utilities" Telecoms 7:55 AM
  • "Huawei and Oracle working together on smart grids and IoT" Capacity Media 7:54 AM
  • "Javapocalypse soon! Oracle warns devs to bin plugins, fast" The Register 7:54 AM
  • "Hot in Silicon Valley: tech at Super Bowl 51" Axios 8:22 AM
  • "Trump's FCC begins net neutrality attack: As expected, Trump's assault on net neutrality has begun: with Ajit Pai leading the way." ZDNet 3:51 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Might Eventually Ditch Intel, But Intel Investors Shouldn't Panic Just Yet: Though Apple could derive some major benefits from using its own processors within Macs, pulling off such a move is easier said than done." TheStreet 4:07 PM
  • "Why Apple Is Still Trading at Relatively Low Valuation Multiples" GuruFocus 4:07 PM
  • "Apple gains amid predictions of an upcoming iPhone upgrade cycle" Business Insider 1:34 PM
  • "Why Apple's Next Quarter Is Likely To Top Wall Street Estimates" Seeking Alpha 7:15 AM
  • "Apple's Next iPhone Seen as Best Bet for Taiwan Top Fund Manager" Bloomberg 7:13 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market finishes weaker as investors turn skittish: Group of 100 tech CEOs set to fight Trump on immigration restrictions" MarketWatch 4:10 PM
  • "Stocks Sink as Investors Digest President Trump's Moves: Stocks close out Monday lower as uncertainty over potential policy moves from Donald Trump's administration continue to weigh on Wall Street." TheStreet 4:10 PM
  • "Stocks close lower as falling oil drags energy sector down" Associated Press 4:09 PM
  • "Energy Stocks Drag Wall Street Lower" Reuters 4:09 PM
  • "Stocks Inch Lower, Yields Fall: Investors buy government bonds and gold as they dial back on risk" [Paid Membership Required] 4:09 PM
  • "Nikkei recovers, bolstered by banks, as Asian markets close higher: Asian equities were off to a positive start on Monday, as expectations of U.S. growth weakened, driving investors back to emerging markets." MarketWatch 7:18 AM
  • "Volkswagen, Ryanair limit gains for European stocks; Draghi on tap: European stocks weaved between small gains and losses Monday, with the market largely adrift before an appearance by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi." MarketWatch 7:18 AM

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