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Weekend 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.

  • "Apple Struggles to Make Big Deals, Hampering Strategy Shifts" ["But Apple has struggled for years to pull off bigger deals because of a series of quirks: an aversion to risk, reluctance to work with external advisers like investment banks and inexperience in closing and integrating large takeovers, said people who have worked on acquisitions with the company. They asked not to be identified speaking about private merger and acquisition deliberations."]  Bloomberg 10:52 AM
  • "Apple's risk aversion and arrogance blamed for lack of large takeovers" iDownload Blog 11:03 AM
  • "Apple's 'Arrogance' Impedes Major Acquisitions as Analysts Look to Potential Targets in Online Video" MacRumors 11:03 AM
  • "Apple shareholders are demanding more diversity, but the company is fighting back"  The Verge 7:21 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone seizes the smartphone sales crown from Samsung: Apple outsold Samsung by the narrowest of margins in Q4, but both are pursued by a pack of determined Chinese manufacturers"  IDG News Service 7:11 AM
  • "Samsung-Apple smartphone battle heats up, as Huawei narrows in: Fourth-quarter 2016 saw 'closest' fight between Samsung and Apple, which regained the lead, while Chinese smartphone makers grew their global market share by 7 percent." ZDNet 7:55 AM
  • "Apple nabs smartphone top spot from Samsung, but for how long?" The Register 7:37 AM
  • "Source: Apple Will Fight 'Right to Repair' Legislation/Apple representatives plan to tell Nebraska lawmakers that repairing your phone is dangerous."  Motherboard 6:36 AM
  • "Apple to oppose 'Right to Repair' legislation in Nebraska, report says" AppleInsider 6:37 AM
  • "Apple's CFO explained why its research and development costs increased to $2.8 billion" Business Insider 7:40 AM
  • "Apple CFO seems to limit expectations on US manufacturing" The Verge 2:03 PM
  • "Think Apple computers are still malware immune? This new attack proves otherwise: A newly detected malware targeting macOS devices can steal passwords and capture iPhone backups. And it's coming from the same group believed to be responsible for the 2016 election hacks." TechRepublic 2:03 PM
  • "This Mac malware wants to steal passwords and iPhone backups" ZDNet 7:55 AM
  • "New Malware Targets Macs, Steals iPhone Backups" LAPTOP Magazine 10:52 AM
  • "Keybase offers encrypted chat where you control all the pieces: The cryptographic identity validation service Keybase has added end-to-end encrypted chat to rival WhatsApp and iMessage." Macworld 7:12 AM
  • "Squash review: Drop and compress your way to smaller image files in a flash" Macworld 7:11 AM
  • "How to remove duplicate songs in iTunes with macOS and third-party apps" 9to5Mac 3:59 PM
  • "Exploit hidden macOS and app features with the Option key" AppleInsider 2:04 PM
  • "See the launch date and time for any app or process" The Robservatory 11:40 AM
  • "How Apple iCloud Drive works and how to use it" Computerworld 10:18 AM
  • "How to free up space on your Mac by deleting old backups" iMore 2:09 PM
  • "Selecting Multiple Items on a Mac" MacMost 12:44 PM
  • "Learning About Internet Traceroute" MacMost 6:31 AM
  • "8 Ways To An Affordable Mac Backup" Mac360 8:10 AM
  • "The Best Video Players for Mac" OS X Daily 1:08 PM
  • "Meh: The World's Fastest Browser" TeraTalks 7:56 AM
  • "About Microsoft's Best Apps" Mac360 7:52 AM
Press Releases
  • "Allegorithmic Releases New Substance Designer 6—Material Authoring Tool" Architosh 12:32 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Gartner Says Worldwide Sales of Smartphones Grew 7 Percent in the Fourth Quarter of 2016" ["It has taken eight quarters for Apple to regain the No. 1 global smartphone vendor ranking, but the positions of the two leaders have never been so close, with only 256,000 units difference. 'The last time Apple was in the leading position was in the fourth quarter of 2014, when its sales were driven by its first ever large-screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus,' said Mr. Gupta. 'This time it achieved it thanks to strong sales of its flagship phones — the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus; it also benefited from the weakened demand for Samsung's smartphones in mature markets such as North America and Western Europe, and in some mature markets in Asia such as Australia and South Korea."] Gartner 2:08 PM
  • "Apple and Samsung, Just a Couple Hundred Thousand Apart, Says Gartner" Barron's 2:40 PM
  • "Apple vs. FBI one year later: Still stuck in limbo/Because the public battle over security and privacy ended in a draw, there's still a lot left to be resolved." CNET 7:34 AM
  • "Apple and Amazon were tablet standouts in 2016: Amazon managed to nearly double its tablets sales while Apple sold over 40 million iPads." CNET 7:35 AM
  • "A fun look back at the Apple Cafes that almost launched three years before the Apple Store [Gallery] 9to5Mac 7:11 AM
  • "This full-length 'Carpool Karaoke' trailer is outrageously epic" Mashable 7:49 AM
  • "Apple Reveals 'Planet of the Apps' Trailer" Time 8:52 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Young Steve Jobs appears on Time cover" Cult of Mac 8:14 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Samsung probably shouldn't be boasting about how well it tests its phones just yet" BGR 8:21 PM
  • "BlackBerry sues Nokia over patents as its phone business shuts down: Also at issue are Nortel patents from the $4.5B 'Rockstar Bidco' purchase." Ars Technica 7:32 PM
  • "Amazon simplifies self-published paperback printing: Now it's even easier to force your friends to read your novel." Engadget 5:20 PM
  • "Fossil's smartwatch push seen eating into margins" Reuters 3:41 PM
  • "Google's Virus-Scanning Verify Apps Feature For Android Now Reveals Its Secrets" Digital Trends 3:59 PM
  • "Google Fiber has a new boss and is losing hundreds of employees" Business Insider 2:28 PM
  • "Yahoo reveals more breachiness to users victimized by forged cookies: Some accounts may have been accessed with forged cookies as recently as 2016." Ars Technica 8:07 PM
  • "Yahoo warning users that hackers forged cookies to access accounts" ZDNet 11:34 AM
  • "Yahoo can scan your emails to tell you who's calling" Engadget 11:07 AM
  • "Facebook Says Auto-playing Audio is Just What You Want" The Mac Observer 11:00 AM
  • "89 percent of consumers don't pay for mobile malware protection" BetaNews 7:16 AM
  • "Mac Users Can Expect More Malware and TV Shows Are Good for Apple Music -ACM 398" The Mac Observer 5:44 PM
  • "Right to Repair Laws, Apple Design Critics -TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-15" The Mac Observer 1:19 PM
  • "What The Tech Ep. 343: Are Dumb Phones Making a Comeback?" Thurrott 7:15 AM
  • "Apple Weighs Chinese Supplier for Next-Gen iPhone Screens" Bloomberg 6:34 AM
  • "Apple Considering Adding China's BOE as OLED Supplier for 2018 iPhone" MacRumors 6:34 AM
  • "Apple said to be testing China AMOLED panels" DigiTimes 7:38 AM
  • "Samsung reportedly earns AMOLED panel orders from Apple" DigiTimes 7:38 AM
  • "Apple Reportedly Looks to Chinese Supplier for iPhone Displays Amid OLED Shortage" Digital Trends 11:46 AM
  • "iPhone 8 to Feature 5.8-Inch OLED Display With 5.15-Inch Main Screen and Virtual Buttons Below" MacRumors 9:25 PM
  • "3D laser scanner possibly destined for Apple's 'iPhone 8' expected to add facial recognition, future AR use" AppleInsider 2:04 PM
  • "Apple Explores Smart Keyboard With Siri, Share, and Emoji Keys" MacRumors 11:09 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:09 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:09 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:09 AM

  • "Review: Putting a professional camera lens on your iPhone with the ExoLens PRO with optics by ZEISS" 9to5Mac 12:40 PM
  • "Ubiquiti Labs Amplifi HD Wi-Fi router review: There are better Wi-Fi systems for your Mac" Macworld 6:35 AM
  • "PureSwitch: A review of PureGear's HomeKit-compatible smart plug" Apple World Today 8:14 AM
  • "You may Rocksteady all night long with this wireless speaker" Apple World Today 7:14 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Hidden Folks: A Whimsical Game of Exploration" MacStories 2:04 PM
  • "TwIM: Instant Messaging Built on Twitter Direct Messages" MacStories 7:12 AM
  • "Your iPhone Can Help You Sleep Better With Bedtime" AppAdvice 7:51 AM
  • "'Red's Kingdom' Review - Needs More Democracy" Touch Arcade 10:59 AM
  • "The Privacy Enthusiast's Guide to Using an iPhone" Lifehacker 11:13 AM
  • "How to use your AirPods when you're offline" iMore 10:59 AM
  • "How to make your iPhone screen darker than the lowest Brightness setting" iMore 8:14 AM
  • "What's With the Status Icons At the Top of My Apple Watch?" The Mac Observer 3:37 PM
  • "You Can Ditch iTunes With These Tips" AppAdvice 1:08 PM
  • "Apple may replace the home button with a 'function area' on the next iPhone" The Verge 9:25 PM
  • "How Apple's arrogance impacts its ability to acquire new companies" BGR 5:16 PM
  • "Just how expensive is a HomeKit house? Here's my estimation" 9to5Mac 2:32 PM
  • "Who's More Intelligent, Apple's Siri or Amazon's Alexa?" The Mac Observer 2:14 PM
  • "Does Apple Have ARM Chip Powered Macs In Its Pipeline? – The Book Mystique" MacPrices 1:08 PM
  • "Why iPhone X Will Not be Enough to Fuel Apple Rally" FOXBusiness 12:57 PM
  • "Apple's 'vision' for its next big thing convinced a big company to be purchased for cheap" Business Insider 12:40 PM
  • "This is the real reason Apple's senior leadership lacks diversity" Mashable 12:40 PM
  • "Lightning in-ear noise-cancelling headphones? Yes, please!" iMore 12:40 PM
  • "What Apple's CFO said about Trumponomics (audio): He's for it, except where he's against it." Apple 3.0 11:32 AM
  • "Apple CFO pours cold water on Trump's grand iPhone plans" BGR 8:37 PM
  • "You should be excited about the iPhone 8 even if you hate the iPhone" BGR 11:04 AM
  • "Meet Apple The Entertainment Company" Mac360 8:36 AM
  • "Apple's 27-hour iPhone v. Pixel Claim Proves People Aren't Stupid" Apple Must 8:08 AM
  • "Apple's Cook Blasts 'Mind Killing' Fake News" TechNewsWorld 7:51 AM
  • "Is Mobile Innovation Dead?" Tech.pinions [Insider Content] 7:12 AM
  • "How Apple Pencil and Adobe Draw Saved Valentine's Day" Subtraction 7:12 AM
  • "Is it okay to build sites that rely on JavaScript?" Creative Bloq 5:23 PM
  • "Look how small this tiny $400 laptop is! It's really small!" The Verge 1:28 PM
  • "Who Is Not Spying On You?" NoodleMac 7:35 AM
  • "Black History Month: Another Reminder Tech Needs Diversity" Tech.pinions 7:12 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Comcast to launch Xfinity Stream app for iOS in prep for wider Stream TV rollout, no tvOS support so far" AppleInsider 3:59 PM
  • "Aerial For iOS Lets You Change Color Of Status Bar Icons" Redmond Pie 2:40 PM
  • "First HomeKit Camera Available from Online Apple Store" MacStories 12:40 PM
  • "Jaguar announces Apple Pay-based in-car fuel payment feature" 9to5Mac 11:09 AM
  • "Vertigo now lets Apple Music members share playlists with friends on Spotify" Macworld 11:09 AM
  • "Pioneer Solves iPhone 7 Charging While Listening to Music Problem" PC Magazine 8:53 AM
  • " Launches Android App, Apple IOS Version in Final Testing" PRNewswire 8:00 AM
  • "AntiSocial enables the 'Leave this Conversation' button even in three-way iMessage groups" iDownload Blog 7:15 AM
  • "Discover and Catch over 80 More Pokémon around the World in Pokémon GO" Business Wire 7:59 AM
  • "Pokémon Go adding 80 new Pokémon from Gold & Silver this week, new berries and more" 9to5Mac 6:42 AM
  • "TwIM is a new standalone Twitter DM app for iPhone with Siri integration and location sharing" 9to5Mac 6:42 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft: Security Industry Must Be 'Neutral Digital Switzerland'" PC Magazine 11:04 AM
  • "Microsoft's Surface Book gets a UK price bump thanks to Brexit: Following in the footsteps of pretty much everyone" The Verge 7:12 AM
  • "Brexit bumps up the UK price of Microsoft's Surface Book" TechCrunch 6:43 AM
  • "Microsoft commits to complying with the EU's GDPR across its cloud services by May 25, 2018" Neowin 6:33 PM
  • "Microsoft to delay its February patches to March 14" ZDNet 9:22 PM
  • "IBM and The Weather Company use edge computing to issue vital alerts" BetaNews 10:58 AM
  • "IBM launches IBM Machine Learning cognitive platform for the private cloud" TechRepublic 10:52 AM
  • "IBM and ServiceNow lock eyes, vow long commitment" The Register 7:37 AM
  • "IBM to launch cheap 'n' cheerful Power server for i and AIX userbase" The Register 11:20 AM
  • "IBM hooks up with Hortonworks to Hadoop Big Blue products" The Register 11:20 AM
  • "IBM Launches Machine Learning for z System Mainframes" eWeek 8:50 PM
  • "Next Superdome CPU chips amble into HPE" The Register 7:37 AM
  • "Intel Drops Its Sponsorship of Science Fairs, Prompting an Identity Crisis" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:33 AM
  • "Intel Officially Supports the Vulkan 3D Graphics API on Newest Integrated GPUs" Digital Trends 7:51 AM
  • "Intel celebrates Vulkan's birthday by actually supporting Vulkan on some GPUs" Ars Technica 11:13 AM
  • "Intel's new processor costs almost $9,000 and will make your server really fast" The Verge 11:17 AM
  • "Opinion: The 'Zen' reason to bet now on mercurial AMD" MarketWatch 6:49 AM
  • "AMD's Upcoming R7 1700X Ryzen Desktop Processor Shows Up In A Leaked Passmark Benchmark" Digital Trends 8:13 AM
  • "Oracle 'systematically stiffed its salesforce' claims new sueball" The Register 7:37 AM
  • "Oracle Appeals Ruling in Java Infringement Dispute With Google" eWeek 5:16 PM
  • "Cisco's Q2 tops estimates despite revenue decline" ZDNet 5:16 PM
  • "Cisco Results Hurt by Weaker Market for Networking Devices: Firm has now posted revenue declines for five straight quarters" [Paid Membership Required] 3:40 PM
  • "Cisco Slips Despite FYQ2 Beat; Q3 Rev View Slightly Higher" Barron's 3:40 PM
  • "Why Cisco Earnings Aren't Enough For Investors" 24/7 Wall St. 3:40 PM
  • "How Far Along Is Cisco's Transition to a Software Company?" TheStreet 11:01 AM
  • "Cisco Earnings: What to Watch/Bellwether for technology spending expected to see little improvement in demand" [Paid Membership Required] 6:48 AM
  • "Cisco FYQ2 On Tap: Don't Expect Fireworks, Says Drexel" Barron's 1:16 PM
  • "Global DRAM revenues increase 18% in 4Q16, says DRAMeXchange" DigiTimes 7:38 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Moves Toward Becoming World's First $1 Trillion Company" 24/7 Wall St. 7:28 AM
  • "Berkshire Hathaway quadruples its Apple stake" CNBC Videos 7:28 AM
  • "Foxconn reaffirms US$5 billion investment in India" DigiTimes 7:13 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks set another round of records as Trump pledges 'massive' tax plan: Major indexes see record close for 5th session in row" MarketWatch 4:02 PM
  • "Wall Street Scores New Records for Fifth Straight Day, Longest Streak in 25 Years: Wall Street close at records again on Wednesday, scoring its longest record-making streak since George Bush Sr. held the White House." TheStreet 4:02 PM
  • "Wall Street Rises Further Into Uncharted Territory" Reuters 4:01 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Again Close at New Highs: Strong monthly gain for inflation, retail sales boost confidence in U.S. growth" [Paid Membership Required] 4:01 PM
  • "Nikkei, other Asian markets jump on Yellen's bullish comments: Upbeat testimony fuels buying spree" MarketWatch 8:08 AM
  • "European stocks stomp toward highest close since 2015 as banks rally: Heineken rises after earnings" MarketWatch 8:08 AM

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