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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 CEO Tim Cook: As Brexit hangs over UK, 'times are not really awful, there's some great things happening'/Exclusive: The most important talks about the app economy, the importance of coding and Augmented Reality" The Independent 5:10 PM
  • "Tim Cook Thinks Augmented Reality Could Be as Big As the iPhone" Fortune 5:11 PM
  • "Amazon And Apple: A New Battle For A $500 Billion Market"  Seeking Alpha 7:42 AM
  • "What's Apple to Do with $246 Billion in Cash? Consumers are still excited about the thought of an Apple Car, but Apple will probably use its cash for investments in content and other 'services.'"  Barron's 7:43 AM
  • "Tim Cook says fake news is 'killing people's minds'" Associated Press 11:30 AM
  • "Apple met with Chinese regulators to discuss the iPhone's mysterious battery drain problem: An Apple representative traveled to Beijing this week to discuss iPhone battery malfunctions with a consumer watchdog organization affiliated with the government. The meeting, held yesterday, shows that as Beijing ramps up scrutiny of Apple, the tech company continues to try and appease the government."  Quartz 2/10
  • "Apple may have paid Qualcomm approx. $40 per iPhone, accounted for third of Qualcomm's revenues" Foss Patents 2/10
  • "How Apple can make music sound sweeter: Apple Music is a good start, but the company should also fix iTunes, improve AirPlay, and consider getting back into the speaker game."  Macworld 2/10
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook: Fake news 'is one of today's chief problems'"  Business Insider 2/10
  • "Apple 'optimistic' about post-Brexit UK"  BBC 2/10
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook says UK will be 'just fine' after Brexit" V3 2/10
  • "Tim Cook says UK will be 'just fine' after Brexit, visits iPad-centric school and Tate Britain art gallery" 9to5Mac 2/10
  • "Apple, Inc. CEO Tim Cook Talks Up Augmented Reality's Potential (Again)" FOXBusiness 2/10
  • "How Apple Inc. Hopes to Grow Its Services Business to $50 Billion by 2020" The Motley Fool 2/10
  • "Apple Pay boss says CBA, NAB, Westpac risk missing the future of payments: The global head of Apple Pay has put three of Australia's big banks on notice that the technology giant's global payments system will steal their customers and they risk being left behind in the development of digital wallets."  Australian Financial Review 2/10
  • "Apple fails to remove 'deleted' Safari web browser histories from iCloud" BetaNews 2/10
  • "Microsoft Office macro malware targets Macs" Malwarebytes 2/10
  • "5 mistakes made by professionals using Macs" Mac Kung Fu 11:31 AM
  • "How to get picture-in-picture for Netflix and Hulu on your Mac" iMore 8:10 AM
  • "What file service should you use with network drives and Time Machine? A network-attached storage device needs to use the proper file service with Apple's Time Machine." Macworld 2/10
  • "First Thoughts: Microsoft Office for MacBook Pro w. Touch Bar" Apple Must 2/10
  • "Ask the iTunes Guy: Syncing audiobooks, and why Apple Music tracks suddenly become unavailable" Macworld 2/10
  • "How to Automatically Empty Trash in Mac OS After 30 Days" OS X Daily 2/10
  • "Pages Rulers Basics" MacMost 2/10
  • "macOS: Using 'Open With,' 'Always Open With,' and 'Change All" The Mac Observer 2/10
  • "DRM Free TV, Movies, And Music" TeraTalks 2/10
  • "Refactoring singleton usage in Swift: Tips for a cleaner, modular, and testable codebase" Jesse Squires 2/10
Press Releases
  • "Apple Discounts Pro Apps Bundle in 35 Countries" Apple Must 2/10
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Filming of Apple's Upcoming 'Planet of the Apps' Series Has Finished" MacRumors 9:06 AM
  • "Apple has reportedly concluded filming of its 'very inspirational' Planet of the Apps reality series" 9to5Mac 11:31 AM
  • "Tim Cook talks with iPhone user battling cerebral palsy in visit to Glasgow retail store" 9to5Mac 11:31 AM
  • "Latest Apple Watch Series 2 'Close Your Rings' promo highlights Activity tracking" 9to5Mac 3:46 PM
  • "Apple Encourages People to Get Moving in New 'Close Your Rings' Apple Watch Ad" MacRumors 3:46 PM
  • "Apple ships 6 million smartwatches in 4Q16, says Canalys" DigiTimes 2/10
  • "It looks like Apple Watch had a monster holiday quarter" Cult of Mac 2/10
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook believes augmented reality is 'a big idea, like the smartphone'" Business Insider 2/10
  • "Why Apple CEO Tim Cook visited London startup ustwo Games" Business Insider 2/10
  • "Apple's Tim Cook visits UK's Regent Street store, Tate gallery & ustwo Games, talks 'fake news' in interview" AppleInsider 2/10
  • "Sportbrain Sues Apple Claiming that the Apple Watch Collects Sports Related Data in a Manner that Infringes their Patent" Patently Apple 2/10
  • "BeatsX Earphones Launch on Apple Store for $150" MacRumors 2/10
  • "Apple's W1-equipped BeatsX earphones now available to purchase after months-long delay" AppleInsider 2/10
  • "AirPods TV commercial took sales of Marian Hill's song 'Down' from 'negligible' to 'magical'" AppleInsider 2/10
  • "Can I trust a fertility app to stop me getting pregnant?" BBC 2/10
  • "How an iPhone 4 and OKCupid led to love: I'd almost given up on finding love until my future husband, intrigued by my dating profile, tracked down a video of me talking about the next iPhone. The rest is history." CNET 2/10
  • "Today in Apple history: Color Classic Mac ditches monochrome" Cult of Mac 2/10
Non-Apple News
  • "Nuclear write-down leaves Toshiba with $3.5-billion loss in third-quarter: Nikkei" Reuters 9:13 PM
  • "Jeff Bezos says we have it all wrong about Amazon's Alexa" Business Insider 8:07 AM
  • "Ford to Invest $1 Billion in Artificial Intelligence Start-Up" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2/10
  • "Sprint has crazy-cheap new deal, but there's a catch: Sprint is offering new customers five lines of unlimited data, talk and text for $90/month. The only problem is that prices go up after a year." CNET 2/10
  • "Superscreen puts your smartphone in the body of a tablet" ZDNet 2/10
  • "Podcast: Android Wear 2.0 Smartwatches, Android-Enabled Chromebooks, Oculus-Best Buy" Tech.pinions 7:42 AM
  • "The Talk Show: 'Corporate Stiffy', With Special Guest John Moltz" Daring Fireball 2/10
  • "Podcast 545: Assault on batteries" Macworld 2/10
  • "iPhone Iris Scanner, Smart TV Privacy Tips -TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-10" The Mac Observer 2/10
  • "Kyle Lambert made his illustration career on the iPad" iMore 2/10
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 106 | BeatsX launch, Android Wear 2.0 versus Apple Watch, and $1000 iPhone 8 rumors" 9to5Mac 2/10
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks wireless charging, 'iPhone 8' rumors, Apple Watch weather apps, more" AppleInsider 2/10
  • "Weekly Podcast 5: Highlighting The App Store Heroes Of Fire & Ice" Apple'n'Apps 2/10
  • "Report again claims Apple will add 5-inch iPhone to lineup, sell wireless charging tech separately" 9to5Mac 11:32 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone 8 Could Represent a Major Break With the Past: In addition to being packed with new features, the company's latest flagship iPhone might sport an unprecedented price and feature an earlier production ramp." TheStreet 11:33 AM
  • "Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 8' will use separate wireless charging accessory, ditch Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter" AppleInsider 6:07 PM
  • "iPhone 8 Said to Have Separate Wireless Charger, No Headphone Jack Adapter or USB-C Cable in Box" MacRumors 12:42 PM
  • "Matte Black variant of the iPhone 7 seems to be suffering from chipping and peeling paint" Canadian Reviewer 7:45 AM
  • "Apple Patent reveals a New Solution that could Further Protect Apple's Next-Gen iPhones from Overheating" Patently Apple 7:59 AM
  • "Apple patent shows continued work on waterproof devices" Apple World Today 7:59 AM
  • "iPhone 8 Said to Feature Iris Scanner to Authenticate With Your Eyes" MacRumors 2/10
  • "Apple is reportedly gunning to introduce iris scanner to the iPhone 8" The Next Web 2/10
  • "Apple reportedly going all in with wireless charging for the iPhone 8" The Next Web 2/10
  • "Ming-Chi Kuo: iPhone 8 wireless charging a sure thing, new touch controls may be in store" phoneArena 2/10
  • "Apple's W1 Bluetooth chip, explained: There's more than 'magic' that makes W1 headphones pair so well with your iPhone." CNET 2/10
  • "Growing number of matte black iPhone 7 users report chipped paint on edges & back of device"  9to5Mac 2/10
  • "Matte black iPhone 7 owners complain the smartphone paintwork chips too easily" Business Insider 2/10
  • "New iPhone to enter production early, say sources" DigiTimes 2/10
  • "The paint on matte black iPhone 7s is chipping off" The Daily Dot 2/10
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 2/10
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 2/10
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 2/10

  • "Head to head: Apple's BeatsX vs. AirPods" AppleInsider 9:49 PM
  • "Review: Kanex's GoPower Watch portable battery for Apple Watch is good, but would be great with a Lightning port" AppleInsider 2:33 PM
  • "Nike+ Run Club app is borking my runs, and I blame Apple Watch Nike+" Cult of Mac 8:09 AM
  • "Can photos from your phone look like they were 'Shot on iPhone 7'? We put images from rival handsets up against Apple's ultimate snaps" TechRadar UK 7:58 AM
  • "A House of Many Doors review: Eviction notice/This house is too buggy and repetitive, with too much empty space" [Steam: Mac/Windows] Ars Technica 12:12 PM
  • "First look: Apple's BeatsX earphones with integrated W1 chip" AppleInsider 2/10
  • "Unboxing the Beats X with W1 Chip" iMore 2/10
  • "Eero Lets You Say Goodbye to Slow Wi-Fi Forever" AppAdvice 2/10
  • "Four USB 3.1 Gen2 Ports + Four USB 3.1 Gen2 SSDs = 2000MB/s" Bare Feats 2/10
  • "Moov HR Sweat review: This heart rate-tracking headband will kick your butt" Macworld 2/10
  • "The Mujjo Sleeve looks classy and keeps your Mac notebook safe as you travel" iDownload Blog 2/10
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Winnie app is great help to parents with kids" Newsday 7:20 AM
  • "First look at Tesla's new mobile app with new UI, touch ID, and widgets" 9to5Mac 2/10
  • "Best apps to track your cellular data usage" iMore 2/10
  • "'Xenoraid' Review - The 'Marvel vs. Capcom' of Shmups" Touch Arcade 2/10
  • "'Stagehand' Review - A Pay-Once, Endless, Score Chaser in 2017 Feels Weird" Touch Arcade 2/10
  • "How to track your sleep using Apple Watch or iPhone with these third-party apps" 9to5Mac 9:12 PM
  • "Become Tech Savvy: iCloud Keychain and answering your common password management concerns" 9to5Mac 11:31 AM
  • "How to enable and use two-step verification on WhatsApp" iDownload Blog 2/10
  • "How to enable two-step verification in WhatsApp for Apple's iPhone" AppleInsider 2/10
  • "2017 MacBook Pro Update: One Thing Matters (Besides Release Date)" Forbes 9:12 PM
  • "Apple CEO Cook: 'Fake news' is 'killing people's minds'" MacDailyNews 3:43 PM
  • "Apple's attempt to follow Amazon, Microsoft, and Google into cloud services won't be easy" Digital Trends 11:49 AM
  • "I Miss Using the Apple Remote to Control iTunes Playback on My Computer" Kirkville 9:28 AM
  • "Mythperceptions: No, Apple is actually pretty good at design" Macworld 7:40 AM
  • "Here's what Tim Cook said about 'fake news' (Video)" Apple 3.0 7:38 AM
  • "Apple, Kill the LG UltraFine 5K and Make Your Own Displays" The Mac Observer 2/10
  • "Apple VR And Apple Watch" Mac360 2/10
  • "On the future of the iPad" The Loop 2/10
  • "Why Apple's next iPhone won't cost $1,000" Apple 3.0 2/10
  • "What A 10 Year Anniversary iPhone 8 Needs" Mac360 2/10
  • "I want an Magic Trackpad for the Mac with Apple Pencil support" Apple World Today 2/10
  • "Google Test Of AI's Killer Instinct Shows We Should Be Very Careful" Gizmodo 2:32 PM
  • "Samsung's latest Chromebook shows the future of Google's laptops — but it has a long way to go" Business Insider 8:09 AM
  • "Samsung Chromebook Pro Review Roundup: An Affordable MacBook Alternative?" Tech Times 7:58 AM
  • "Valentine's Day tech gifts - Video" ZDNet 2/10
  • "The LG Watch Sport is beautiful precisely because it's big: When it comes to watches, big is most definitely better" The Verge 2/10
  • "Samsung's Chromebook Pro Wants to Be the Future, But It's Not" Wired 2/10
  • "I'm a digital hoarder and please don't tell me to stop" Mashable 2/10
  • "Nintendo Switch: Will kids even care?" CNET 2/10
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Cognitive Systems Announces Aura Home Monitoring System" The Mac Observer 2/10
  • "New App Helps Bring Patients Back to Life After Heart Stops" PRNewswire 2/10
Computer Industry
  • "Seattle Judge allows Microsoft's gag order lawsuit against government to proceed" MSPoweruser 5:08 PM
  • "Microsoft's Lawsuit Against US Government Will Continue" The Marshalltown 9:30 AM
  • "Windows Phones Really Have an App Quality Problem: Long-time Windows phone users are certainly aware that one of the most criticized aspects of Microsoft's smartphone platform was the lack of apps, mostly because some very popular apps, such as Google's, were (and still are) missing." Softpedia 9:30 AM
  • "Microsoft Azure Beefs Up Data Protection Capability, Adding A New Killer Recovery Feature On Board" University Herald 9:30 AM
  • "Microsoft just beefed up Windows and Office 365 enterprise security features" TechSpot 9:30 AM
  • "Intel's 8th-gen Core processors won't be revolutionary" Engadget 2:32 PM
  • "Intel Corporation Lowers Long-Term Data Center Growth Forecast" The Motley Fool 3:46 PM
  • "Data Center, New Initiatives Top Agenda at Intel's Investor Day" PC Magazine 7:25 AM
  • "H&R Block Gets IBM's Watson for Your Taxes" Investopedia 7:40 AM
  • "Oracle refuses to accept pro-Google 'fair use' verdict in API battle" Ars Technica 12:42 PM
  • "Microsoft hasn't moved the Windows 10 needle in months" Computerworld 2/10
  • "Colt adds Microsoft Azure to On Demand platform" Capacity Media 2/10
  • "Microsoft banks on Israel to build a secure service" The Next Web 2/10
  • "Win 10 UI Major Design Overhaul Project Neon, Leaked By Microsoft" SegmentNext 2/10
  • "Microsoft may have just teased a new design for Windows 10" Breaking News 2/10
  • "Microsoft To Give A Face Lifting To Windows 10 With 'Project NEON'" CDR Info 2/10
  • "Microsoft Indirectly Confirms Windows 10 Growing Painfully Slow" Softpedia 2/10
  • "Judge sides with Microsoft in court battle against gag orders" Engadget 2/10
  • "Exclusive: How Steve Ballmer helped Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Joanne Harrell and other execs move up (Video)" Puget Sound Business Journal 2/10
  • "Interview: A lively chat with Microsoft's Dona Sarkar, chief of the Windows Insider Program" Neowin 2/10
  • "IBM and Ericsson Develop Silicon-based millimeterWave Phased Array" Converge! 2/10
  • "IBM X-Force Red Provides Collaboration Portal for Security Testing" eWeek 2/10
  • "KKR goes up against Michael Dell for stakes in German market research business GfK" ALT Assets 2/10
  • "Intel's new Xeon chip has 24 cores and sells for $8,898" InfoWorld 2/10
  • "Intel Coffee Lake Processors Arrive 2H'17" PC Magazine 2/10
  • "Intel working on next-gen Optane SSDs and memory" Tech Central 2/10
  • "Intel pledges 8th Gen Coffee Lake launch by year's end" bit-tech 2/10
  • "Intel Cannonlake touted to offer >15pc performance improvement" Hexus 2/10
  • "Plan for $10 Billion Chip Plant Shows China's Growing Pull" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2/10
  • "Intel 3D XPoint Optane DC P4800X NVMe SSD Leaks - its 375 GB" Guru3D 2/10
  • "Intel Says 8thGen Core Is Coming On 14nm, Talks About Datacenter and Optane" CDR Info 2/10
  • "Next Gen Intel Cannon Lake 15% faster and again a 14nm processor" Guru3D 2/10
  • "Intel uses White House Oval Office for splash on Arizona factory" The Star: Malaysia 2/10
  • "Specs for first Intel 3D XPoint SSD: so-so transfer speed, awesome random I/O/Sequential transfer rates aren't class-leading, but latency and longevity impress" Ars Technica 2/10
  • "AMD Ryzen R7 1700 Details, Wraith Ghost Cooling, Energy Efficient" SegmentNext 2/10
  • "AMD Ryzen Prices Leaked, Top Version Could Cost About $500" Softpedia 2/10
  • "Bengaluru to house Oracle's largest software development centre outside USA" The Indian Express 2/10
  • "Oracle settles court case with fired cloud services finance 'whistleblower'" The Register 2/10
  • "Cisco to Produce Azure Stack Hybrid Cloud Systems" eWeek 2/10
  • "Cisco Debuts Umbrella: First Secure Internet Gateway in the Cloud" Data Storage Today 2/10
  • "Cisco Launches 'Umbrella' Secure Internet Gateway" SecurityWeek 2/10
  • "Cisco Umbrella Promises Secure Internet Gateway in the Cloud" Converge! 2/10
  • "Cisco Offers Integrated Azure Stack in its UCS Platform ~ Converge! Network Digest" Converge! 2/10
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple is driving the Nasdaq 100 – but can it keep its foot on the gas? Traders weigh in" CNBC 7:41 AM
  • "Apple Short Interest Hits 47 Million Shares" 24/7 Wall St. 2/10
Industry News
  • "Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq book records, log 3rd straight weekly gain: Mead Johnson, Nvidia, Activision among top performers" MarketWatch 2/10
  • "Wall Street Scores New Records Amid Trump's Tax Reform Promises: All three major U.S. indexes closed at record highs for the second consecutive day as investors hope for a U.S. tax reform plan in the coming weeks." TheStreet 2/10
  • "Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq close out strong week at record highs" Associated Press 2/10
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise to New Records: President Donald Trump said his goal of lowering taxes for businesses was moving 'ahead of schedule'" [Paid Membership Required] 2/10
  • "Nikkei soars, other Asian markets gain on Trump's tax-reform remarks: Stocks and the dollar rebounded Friday, with Asian markets coming back to life after a listless Thursday as President Donald Trump said he would soon announce tax-reform measures." MarketWatch 2/10
  • "European stocks end at 2-week high, boosted by Chinese data, earnings: European stocks advanced for a fourth straight day on Friday, boosted by optimism over strong export data from China and a round of upbeat corporate results." MarketWatch 2/10

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