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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.

  • "Apple v. Samsung legal battle goes back to its roots: A federal appeals court says it's up to a district court to decide if there should be a damages retrial in the long-running patent case." CNET 6:51 AM
  • "Federal Circuit sends Apple v. Samsung design patent damages back to where things started" Foss Patents 7:23 AM
  • "Amazon's former Fire TV director gets poached by Apple: New hire brings years of experience at Amazon, Roku, Netflix, and more."  Ars Technica 7:23 AM
  • "Apple hires Amazon's Fire TV boss as Apple TV leader" Computerworld 6:49 AM
  • "Apple snags Amazon Fire TV exec to lead Apple TV efforts: Hopefully the hire is a sign that Apple is investing more in the Apple TV." Macworld 1:22 PM
  • "Apple hopes Amazon's Fire TV chief can save struggling Apple TV" VentureBeat 7:05 AM
  • "Here's Why Apple's 10th Anniversary iPhone Will Likely Cost More Than $1,000: Apple is intent on packing the top-of-the line phone with new features and wrapping it in fresh design themes."  Fast Company 1:23 PM
  • "Report: iPhone 8 to feature Lumentum-sourced 3D sensor, launch above $1,000 this fall despite early production rumors" 9to5Mac 2:09 PM
  • "Apple Inc. gears up to distribute $3.1 billion in dividends to shareholders" AppleInsider 1:22 PM
  • "Tim Cook talks legacy of Steve Jobs, Apple Pencil, and immigration at University of Glasgow [Video] 9to5Mac 9:41 PM
  • "Mac malware is still crude, but it's slowly catching up to its Windows rivals: A tale of two attacks that both target MacOS users." Ars Technica 6:53 PM
  • "Microsoft previews Office support for the MacBook Pro Touch Bar" The Verge 7:05 AM
  • "Apple seeks to position Metal as part of new 3D graphics standard for web" AppleInsider 7:18 AM
  • "Apple's WebKit Team Proposes W3C Community Group to Strive for More Powerful Graphics on the Web" MacRumors 7:23 AM
  • "New Mac malware from Iran targets US defense industry, human rights advocates with fake Flash updates" AppleInsider 10:16 AM
  • "Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 23 With Bug Fixes and Feature Improvements" MacRumors 12:26 PM
  • "Apple issues second macOS 10.12.4 Sierra beta for public testers" AppleInsider 7:34 PM
  • "Apple Releases Second macOS Sierra 10.12.4 Public Beta for Public Beta Testers" MacRumors 3:53 PM
  • "Apple rolling out macOS 10.12.4 public beta 2 for Mac" 9to5Mac 3:52 PM
  • "Wes Plate Joins Apple as Product Designer" 12:59 PM
  • "MacOS removed battery time remaining. Here's how to bring it back: Percentage? We don't need no stinkin' percentage. Despite a recent change, you can still see how many hours and minutes of use remain on your MacBook." CNET 3:54 PM
  • "Spark for Mac review: A great mobile email client, also quite good on desktop/Spark for Mac helps cut down on the amount of time users spend managing email with a Smart Inbox, four configurable gestures in the message list, and Quick Replies for one-click responses in a flash." Macworld 6:54 AM
  • "How to find all photos on your Mac" Macworld 7:17 AM
  • "Vivaldi and me: Just browsing? Nah, I'm sold" The Register 6:55 AM
  • "On the Road with Final Cut Pro X and a LumaForge Jellyfish, Again!" 10:16 AM
  • "New Malware Underscores the Danger of Assumed Mac Security" Intego 2:36 PM
  • "The 10 Best Strategy Games for Mac" Mac Gamer HQ 6:48 AM
Press Releases
  • "Egnyte launches refreshed desktop app for Mac and Windows" VentureBeat 8:32 AM
  • "Web4GUI 8.4: create apps for Windows/Mac/Linux out of websites; develop apps for Win/Mac/Linux using PHP/Python/Java/MySQL" Stunnix 7:23 AM
  • "Swyx Announces New Version Of macOS Desktop Client: Personalisation Options & Technical Advancements Enhance Communications" Swyx 7:15 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple will surpass 1 billion active iPhones by 2019, UBS estimates" Business Insider 7:32 AM
  • "Apple sold six million Apple Watch devices in Q4: Canalys data also suggests Apple sold 12 million in 2016 in total" V3 7:18 AM
  • "Japan's Sharp may break ground on $7 billion U.S. plant in first half: source" Reuters 10:16 AM
  • "Sharp May Start Building $7 Billion U.S. Plant in the First Half of 2017 [Report] iClarified 10:16 AM
  • "Is Apple Inc. on the Verge of Cracking This Fast-Growing Market? The company's terrific growth in this country will receive a boost after setting up local manufacturing operations." The Motley Fool 2:35 PM
  • "Tim Cook receives honorary degree from University of Glasgow, denounces Trump immigration order" 9to5Mac 12:59 PM
  • "Tim Cook Chats With Students After Receiving Honorary Degree From University of Glasgow" MacRumors 2:36 PM
  • "Tim Cook talks Steve Jobs as inspiration, immigration executive order at University of Glasgow" AppleInsider 3:54 PM
  • "This retro photo shows how much Apple changed the face of Silicon Valley" Cult of Mac 3:50 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs flips out at iPad tweet" Cult of Mac 8:38 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "PayPal Says Anti-Money Laundering Program Subpoenaed by DOJ" Bloomberg 9:23 PM
  • "Ransomware Attacks Surged 167x In 2016 To 638 Million Reports SonicWall" HotHardware 5:06 PM
  • "Best Buy is closing nearly half its Oculus VR demo stations, reportedly due to slow performance" The Verge 1:53 PM
  • "Samsung SDI battery factory caught fire" ZDNet 9:41 PM
  • "We Can't Make This Up: A Fire Broke Out In A Samsung Battery Factory" Digital Trends 12:30 PM
  • "Fire Breaks Out at Samsung Factory in China: Another battery fire debacle is not what Samsung needs right now." PC Magazine 12:26 PM
  • "Android Wear: The bloatware that turned into gloatware" The Register 12:22 PM
  • "Cyber crooks cranking out evil email attachments to spread malware far and wide" V3 10:16 AM
  • "Google Play listing shows how you'll pay on Android Wear" Engadget 7:28 AM
  • "New EU rules will remove 'geoblocking' so customers can use online subscription services, like Netflix, abroad" 9to5Mac 7:03 AM
  • "383,000 Sign Petition Demanding Amazon Stop Advertising on Breitbart" 24/7 Wall St. 6:49 AM
  • "Apple Doesn't Love iBooks and Samsung Schadenfreude -ACM 397" The Mac Observer 9:28 PM
  • "Apple TV's New Marketing Boss -TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-08" The Mac Observer 1:48 PM
  • "Let's Talk Jailbreak 158: The ends and the means" iDownload Blog 7:23 AM
  • "Mac owners between 2003 & 2008 can claim $10 in optical drive class-action lawsuit settlement" AppleInsider 12:34 PM
  • "What to do if your iPhone has a battery drain issue: So you've carried out the tests and come to the conclusion that your iPhone suffers from a battery drain issue. What do you do next?" ZDNet 7:39 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:56 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:56 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:56 AM

  • "Hands-on review: Pro and cons of the MacBook Pro 2016 with Touch Bar/After using the MacBook Pro 2016 with Touch Bar as his sole machine for 30 days, a sys admin shares his thoughts about its battery life, connectivity, performance, and more." TechRepublic 1:53 PM
  • "A month with Apple's AirPods: a long-term review" AppleInsider 7:18 AM
  • "We threw a phone off a roof with Rhinoshield's CrashGuard Bumper Case" Business Insider 7:03 AM
  • "This Wearable Movie Theater Gets Close, But Misses the Mark" The Mac Observer 12:15 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Hands-On with Outlook Mobile Add-Ins for iOS" Thurrott 8:59 AM
  • "Todoist: Yes, I switched to Todoist and I think it is really good but not earth shattering." The Brooks Review 8:37 AM
  • "Vantage Review: A New Take on Calendars" MacStories 1:57 PM
  • "Stagehand Review: Living Platforms" MacStories 8:58 AM
  • "'Dandy Dungeon' Review - Fine and Dandy" Touch Arcade 10:17 AM
  • "Family Organization Is a Snap With Your iPhone in Hand" AppAdvice 10:17 AM
  • "How to find, install, and remove apps for your Apple Watch" Apple World Today 6:57 AM
  • "When to Get a New iPad Mini" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12:22 PM
  • "Gmail quick Tip: Use color coded labels to organize your inbox" ZDNet 7:38 AM
  • "Must-know Siri commands for Apple's wireless AirPods" AppleInsider 7:18 AM
  • "Comment: A flagship iPhone 8 going for $1000+ isn't as outlandish as it may sound, are you in?" 9to5Mac 8:30 PM
  • "Why The Apple TV Could Get A Whole Lot Better Soon" Tom's Guide 10:16 AM
  • "The iPhone 8 Is Doomed If It Looks Like This" Tom's Guide 8:32 AM
  • "'Channeling Steve Jobs, Apple Seeks Design Perfection at New 'Spaceship' Campus'" Daring Fireball 8:28 AM
  • "Apple, It's Time To Bring Back 'Premium'" Mac360 8:27 AM
  • "How Apple's iTunes Legal Agreement Was Turned Into A Comic" Apple Must 8:25 AM
  • "In The Age Of Robots, Who Can Afford To Buy Apple Products?" TeraTalks 8:22 AM
  • "If Apple Owns Most Of The Profits, How Do Their Competitors Stay In Business?" Mac360 8:06 AM
  • "Your Mac, iPhone, iPad, And Television Could Be Looking At You" NoodleMac 8:03 AM
  • "A personal story: Did the Apple Watch save my life? Data from the Apple Watch alerted me to a serious health problem with no symptoms whatsoever. Here's what happened and why it matters."  ZDNet 7:38 AM
  • "Why South Asia and West Africa Should Worry Apple" Bloomberg 7:28 AM
  • "'Apple Hires Amazon's Fire TV Head to Run Apple TV Business'" Six Colors 7:23 AM
  • "Apple Watch + AirPods: Show Me the Magic!" Tech.pinions 7:22 AM
  • "Finally, a Linux laptop worthy of KDE" TechRepublic 1:57 PM
  • "LG Watch Sport review: Turns out you don't need LTE in a smartwatch" Mashable 12:32 PM
  • "Stop trying to put touch controls on headphones" The Verge 8:03 AM
  • "The Nintendo Switch is missing a golden tablet opportunity" The Verge 7:29 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Turn Touch: A Smart, Flexible Remote Control" MacStories 2:11 PM
  • "Square launches new iPad-based point-of-sale service for retailers with 30-day free trial" 9to5Mac 12:34 PM
  • "Shoe Lovers Can Keep Track of Their Footwear with Unboxed for iOS" MacTrast 12:26 PM
  • "EPIX network comes to Apple TV today for subscribers (w/ an exclusive free trial)" 9to5Mac 10:31 AM
  • "Ford unveils all-new 2018 Expedition as latest vehicle with Apple's CarPlay, wireless charging pad & Wi-Fi hotspot" 9to5Mac 10:17 AM
  • "plasq Introduces Comic Draw for Schools" prMac 8:59 AM
  • "'Pokémon Go' fans can earn extra candy and more for Valentine's Day" Mashable 8:34 AM
  • "Flipboard redesigns app with an eye to identifying passions" VentureBeat 8:32 AM
  • "Satechi's USB-C Power Meter is a useful safety tool for cautious Mac users" Apple World Today 7:04 AM
  • "DEVONthink To Go 2.1 adds interoperability, printing, and more" DEVONtechnologies 6:49 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Intel to invest $7 billion in factory in Arizona, employ 3,000" CNBC 12:35 PM
  • "Intel Corp. Announces $7 Billion Investment in Arizona Plant: Company says Chandler facility will employ 3,000 at White House meeting" [Paid Membership Required] 1:03 PM
  • "Intel, in Oval Office, announces $7 billion semiconductor factory" Reuters 2:41 PM
  • "Intel's 'New' Factory Isn't About Trump—It's About Fixing Intel" Wired 9:03 PM
  • "Intel is giving Trump credit for a factory he had nothing to do with" The Verge 8:17 PM
  • "Intel CEO Pledges to Invest $7B in Arizona Factory, Create 3,000 Jobs: Chief Executive Brian Krzanich is the latest tech executive to announce a job creation initiative after meeting with President Donald Trump." TheStreet 1:03 PM
  • "Intel Will Invest $7 Billion in Chip Factory in Arizona" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:41 PM
  • "Intel CEO touts $7 billion factory investment in Trump meeting" CNNMoney 2:10 PM
  • "Intel repeats Obama-era pledge to invest billions in a new factory" IDG News Service 2:32 PM
  • "Intel will invest $7 billion to finish a factory it started in 2011: Construction was paused in 2014, and Fab 42 has sat empty since." Ars Technica 6:40 PM
  • "Intel inexplicably makes jobs announcement in round room with very nice curtains" TechCrunch 3:48 PM
  • "Intel Atom C2000 chips are bricking products" Guru3D 8:43 AM
  • "Intel's Atom C2000s head for a meltdown" Fudzilla 8:43 AM
  • "Intel may be prepping new Core i5, i7 processors to attack AMD Ryzen" ExtremeTech 8:44 AM
  • "Intel Kaby Lake X Chips Will Battle AMD Ryzen, i7-7740K, i5-7640K" SegmentNext 8:45 AM
  • "Microsoft Broadens Patent Protection for Cloud Customers: New program provides uncapped coverage for legal costs to many Azure users" [Paid Membership Required] 8:35 AM
  • "Microsoft to defend cloud-computing customers from patent trolls" Seattle Times 8:31 AM
  • "Microsoft Adds Patent Suit Protections For Cloud Customers" Bloomberg 8:59 AM
  • "Microsoft boosts Windows apps with Google Analytics SDK and Facebook install ads" GeekWire 7:14 PM
  • "Microsoft opens up AI tech behind Skype, Bing and Cortana to developers" V3 7:03 AM
  • "Microsoft Talks Up Developer Improvements Coming with the Windows 10 Creators Update" Thurrott 8:11 PM
  • "How many jobs are being cut at HP's Irish site in Leixlip, Co Kildare? – here's what we know: Hewlett-Packard employed as many as 4000 people in Ireland at their height here" The Irish Sun 8:41 AM
  • "Every effort being made to find buyer for HP plant, says Minister: Minister for Jobs says plant closure represents significant blow to employees, families" Irish Times 8:41 AM
  • "HP patents, sold off to a troll, are used to sue Cisco and Facebook: Patents went from 3Com to HP to East Texas-based Plectrum LLC." Ars Technica 8:27 AM
  • "IBM launches cognitive computing hardware unit: Enter the Watson, Power 9 stack" ZDNet 6:57 AM
  • "IBM's Marissa Mayer moment: Staff ordered to work in one of 6 main offices – or face the axe" The Register 7:12 AM
  • "IBM i Trends in Modernization for 2017" BetaNews 12:26 PM
  • "Lenovo's new PC manufacturing process promises 35 percent reduction in carbon emissions" ZDNet 7:39 AM
  • "Dell EMC Partner Programme launches today" CRN UK 8:41 AM
  • "Dell shames Samsung as Inspiron laptop bursts into flames four times" The Inquirer 8:42 AM
  • "AMD reveals another edge for Ryzen vs. Intel's Skylake: It will be smaller" PCWorld 7:03 AM
  • "AMD discloses one detail about its Ryzen CPUs that will get Intel worried" TechRadar UK 8:43 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen x86 Core Is 10% Smaller As Compared To Intel" SegmentNext 8:44 AM
  • "AMD: Sorry, there will be no official Ryzen drivers for Windows 7" PCWorld 3:50 PM
  • "Cisco Cybersecurity Report Calls for Better Public-Private Communication" MeriTalk 8:42 AM
  • "PC industry expected to stabilize and see less than 5% shipment drop in 2017" DigiTimes 7:15 AM
  • "Number of connected things to surpass global population in 2017" DigiTimes 7:16 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Gerber: Apple needs to find direction with Apple TV" CNBC Videos 3:52 PM
  • "Apple Needs To Do More M&A" Forbes 2:36 PM
  • "Apple: Channel Inventory Analysis Suggests Upside For Unit Shipments" Seeking Alpha 1:10 PM
Industry News
  • "Nasdaq ekes out gains for new record, Dow hobbled by financials: Nordstrom rallies, shrugs off Trump's tweet" MarketWatch 4:04 PM
  • "Nasdaq Posts Record Close, S&P 500 Rises but Financials Lag: Stocks ended the day mixed as oil prices rebound and financials fell, but the Nasdaq and S&P 500 moved higher in afternoon trading." TheStreet 4:04 PM
  • "S&P 500 Inches Higher While Banks Drag on Dow" Reuters 4:03 PM
  • "Dow Declines as Financial Shares Tumble: Stock activity muted as good earnings and economic news are weighed against elevated valuations in an uncertain political landscape" [Paid Membership Required] 3:59 PM
  • "Asian stocks recover from early losses to close mainly higher: Fall in oil prices weighed earlier in the session" MarketWatch 8:05 AM
  • "European stocks rise, but Maersk sinks after cutting dividend: Tullow Oil, Carlsberg also fall; Sanofi, Storebrand, Vestas gain" MarketWatch 8:05 AM

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