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Tuesday Highlights: Netflix looks to bypass iTunes billing for subscribers, currently testing in 33 countries, avoiding Apple's commissions; new Mac mini, MacBook Air said to launch in October, with pro-user focus, something Ben Lovejoy thinks is a mistake arguing for Apple to keep a low-cost Mac mini; Apple could see hit in Japan as country seeks to cut wireless fees, end bundling of smartphones; to boost sales, Apple expanding retail presence in India looking to open "flagship outlets in key locations"; Apple TV next landing spot for mega-hit game Fortnite?; citizen's arrest on thieves in California Apple Store; 22 US states seek court ruling to reinstate Net Neutrality; Macworld reviews external GPU Blackmagic; as Tesla toils, calls for Apple to sweep in and acquire rise.

  • "Apple Is Fighting Laws That Make It Easier To Repair Your iPhone: A 'right to repair' proposal being considered in Nebraska is just the latest to face strong opposition from Apple and other tech companies."  BuzzFeed 8:30 PM
  • "Apple lobbies against 'right to repair' proposal in Nebraska" AppleInsider 8:30 PM
  • "Apple's Siri learns Shanghainese as voice assistants race to cover languages"  Reuters 7:02 AM
  • "Apple speech team head explains how Siri learns a new language" 9to5Mac 7:15 AM
  • "A prominent UBS analyst explains why he thinks Apple is a monopoly"  Business Insider 11:14 AM
  • "Apple an 'antifragile monopoly,' more secure than critics believe, analyst claims" AppleInsider 4:53 PM
  • "Swift is already one of the top 10 programming languages in the world" Cult of Mac 2:35 PM
  • "User interface discussion examines the sticky problem of Save behavior and Apple's changes to that fundamental feature after decades of consistency, following the iPhone's arrival." MacInTouch 7:52 AM
  • "Bumpr Is a Web Browser and Email Switcher for Mac" Subtraction 7:02 AM
  • "Bumpr: Going beyond the default browser" Six Colors 2:38 PM
  • "How the macOS Dashboard can actually help you be productive" Computerworld 10:07 AM
  • "How To Store Or Remove Your Apple ID Password For Free Purchases [macOS] AddictiveTips 12:23 PM
  • "Better Web Searching with Snapback and Tabs" MacMost 10:07 AM
  • "How to Get the Size of a Directory from Command Line" OS X Daily 1:52 PM
  • "Accessibility features in macOS and iOS that everyone should try: The Accessibility menus hold lots of little tweaks to make your Mac, iPhone, and iPad easier to use."  Macworld 7:14 AM
Press Releases
  • "Chrome 57 rolling out now to Mac, Windows, and Linux" 9to5Google 3:58 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple engineers working to address remaining CIA exploits, but two factors hampering efforts" 9to5Mac 7:50 AM
  • "WikiLeaks: Apple, Google, others will get CIA hacks first" CNET 1:42 PM
  • "Foxconn finds itself caught between two giants: Chairman Terry Gou 'won't choose' between US, China, but his investments lean east" Nikkei 10:21 AM
  • "U.S. iPhone factory idea thrown into doubt by remarks made by Foxconn chairman" 9to5Mac 10:20 AM
  • "Apple's top manufacturer asks the government to open up its wallet if Trump wants more US factories" Business Insider 1:51 PM
  • "MBLM Announces That Two-Thirds of Industries Studied in its Report Are More Successful in Creating and Maintaining Intimacy with Men than Women: Brand Intimacy 2017 Report Reveals Disney Ranks Number One with Women, with Apple and Amazon Coming in Second and Third" PRWeb 12:18 PM
  • "MBLM 2017 Brand Itimacy" [For Men & Women, Apple #1] MBLM 12:15 PM
  • "8 students, 7 iPhones, 0 interest in the iPhone X (Video)" Apple 3.0 6:59 AM
  • "Apple Retail Ends Genius Training in Cupertino, Moves to In-Store Web Seminars" MacRumors 10:20 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: eWorld closes its virtual doors" Cult of Mac 8:19 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "John Carmack sues ZeniMax for unpaid acquisition money" Engadget 8:54 PM
  • "Google Reassures CIA Android Exploits Have Already Been Fixed" UberGizmo 8:34 PM
  • "A World Without Wi-Fi Looks Possible as Unlimited Plans Catch On" Bloomberg 11:46 AM
  • "More People Have Netflix Than a DVR" PC Magazine 10:47 AM
  • "Complete Wrap-Up Of GDC 2017 With Best Of Show" AppAdvice 7:01 AM
  • "Rebound #127: Old Man Walkin'" Six Colors 1:46 PM
  • "Privacy and Encryption, HP's Push for Apple's Pro Customers -TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-09" The Mac Observer 12:20 PM
  • "Are Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon dominating too much of tech?" The Verge 11:45 AM
  • "Episode 596: Hacking The iPhone For Fun, Profit, And Maybe Espionage" NPR 8:02 AM
  • "Clockwise #179: So Many People Are Bad" Six Colors 7:50 AM
  • "Be warned: The next version of iOS will feature a major but hidden change"  Business Insider 1:42 PM
  • "Apple Tops Laptop Mag's Tech Support Showdown for 3rd Straight Year" PRNewswire 12:14 PM
  • "Apple begins strictly enforcing rule that prohibits iOS app updates outside of App Store" AppleInsider 10:08 AM
  • "Developers can no longer edit App Store descriptions without App Review approval" 9to5Mac 10:36 AM
  • "Apple-Supplier Dialog Will Develop Chips With China's Tsinghua" Bloomberg 8:11 AM
Apple Patent Applications
  • "Apple patent filing sheds light on iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode" AppleInsider 7:01 AM
  • "Apple Pencil charging concept utilizes magnetic iPad Pro Smart Connector" AppleInsider 1:51 PM
  • "Apple patent applications show an Apple Pencil with a Smart Connector and a touchscreen Mac" Apple World Today 8:03 AM
  • "Apple Reveals new Attachment and Recharging Solutions for the Next Generation of Apple Pencil" Patently Apple 7:24 AM
  • "Apple invents a Twist to the iPad Pro Smart Keyboard by replacing it with a Secondary Display & Virtual Keyboard" Patently Apple 10:08 AM
  • "Apple Patent Confirms Hidden Antenna in the iPhone 7 Battery Case to Ensure Quality Data Reception" Patently Apple 1:51 PM
  • "HomeKit troubleshooting: Have you tried turning it off and on again?" iMore 6:25 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple is selling refurbished units of the new MacBook Pro without Touch Bar" The Next Web 7:17 AM
  • "You can now save as much as $330 on Apple's 2016 MacBook Pro" BGR 9:12 PM
  • "12" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:03 AM
  • "9" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:03 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:03 AM

  • "15in MacBook Pro vs Dell XPS 15 head-to-head review: Can Apple take on the king of enterprise tech?" IT PRO 10:49 AM
  • "The SEcret iPhone Is More Fun for Less Money" PC Magazine 7:17 AM
  • "Half the AirPods for a Tenth the Price" TidBITS 10:09 AM
  • "The Beats X Earbuds Are AirPods For People Who Like to Move" Gizmodo 8:19 AM
  • "Alto makes a top-contending leather case for most iPhone models" iDownload Blog 7:13 AM
  • "Lofree mechanical keyboard review: The feeling of a typewriter on your Mac or iOS device" Macworld 8:09 AM
  • "Versatile backpack carries the load with style [Reviews] Cult of Mac 12:11 PM
  • "The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick is a convenient (though not fast) mobile flash drive" Apple World Today 7:14 AM
  • "How to shoot Portrait mode photos at night or in low light" iMore 11:15 AM
  • "iPad Diaries: Optimizing Apple Notes" MacStories 10:35 AM
  • "How to find missing AirPods with Find My iPhone" iMore 8:10 AM
  • "How to prevent your iPhone screen from turning off automatically" iDownload Blog 7:14 AM
  • "How to turn off iMessage notifications for unknown senders" iDownload Blog 7:14 AM
  • "How to charge your iPhone faster" 9to5Mac 6:25 PM
  • "Using your iPhone as a Game Controller for your Apple TV Tips" iLounge 4:02 PM
  • "The iPhone has a 'secret' magnifying glass mode- here's how to find it" Telegraph 10:51 AM
  • "Four Quick Tips for Mastering Messages on Your iPhone" The Mac Observer 8:03 AM
  • "Why the 'iPhone 8' may see Apple finally adopt OLED" AppleInsider 1:47 PM
  • "Apple's Brand Appeal Among Women is Awesome, But it's Still a Man's World!"  Apple Must 1:41 PM
  • "Did Apple Just Grab Smartphone Share From Android?" Seeking Alpha 12:23 PM
  • "Apple, Wikileaks, And The C.I.A." Mac 360 11:26 AM
  • "Apple's ARM Is Not Windows' ARM" Mac 360 11:26 AM
  • "Apple as an 'antifragile monopoly'" Apple 3.0 [Paid Membership Required] 11:03 AM
  • "I Worked for Steve Jobs, and This Was the Best Lesson He Taught Me" Quora 10:49 AM
  • "Cassandra: Abdication of Responsibility -The Overuse of Presentation Software in Teaching" eXtensions 7:39 AM
  • "Apple's not missing much by not having a Siri speaker" Macworld 7:01 AM
  • "Apple and Generation Z" Tech.pinions [Insider Content] 7:01 AM
  • "Breaking: Politicians still have no idea what net neutrality is or how it works" BGR 8:54 PM
  • "Mingis on Tech: Videoconferencing arrives, and the reality behind 'digital transformation'/Videoconferencing can help firms save money, do more, and better integrate their plans. So can digital transformation, if it's done right." Computerworld 12:12 PM
  • "Comey's 'No Absolute Privacy in America' Statement is a Threat to Encryption" The Mac Observer 10:31 AM
  • "Conan punks Republican health plan with fake ad for Apple Healthcare" The Next Web 7:17 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Classic Reload - 'Plants vs. Zombies'" Touch Arcade 7:55 PM
  • "Gmail now supports native, business focused add-ons, more coming soon" 9to5Mac 2:38 PM
  • "Google Hangouts Evolves to Better Compete with Slack" MacStories 2:35 PM
  • "Plex Cloud exits beta, lets you instantly create a media server using Dropbox and other storage services" 9to5Mac 12:12 PM
  • "Shout for Chrome and iOS is like the lovechild of Goodreads and Pocket" The Next Web 11:28 AM
  • "Louis Vuitton made an iPhone case that costs seven iPhones" The Verge 10:52 AM
  • "Offline English to French Translator Dictionary 1.5 for iOS" prMac 6:58 PM
  • "Join the craze with Pizza Milk - A new dunkingly good iOS game" prMac 10:20 AM
  • "Google Photos picks up auto white balance editing feature in latest update" iDownload Blog 10:17 AM
  • "Raw Fury's 'Kingdom: New Lands' Hits the App Store" Touch Arcade 10:17 AM
  • "Silicon Valley Icon and Co-Founder of Apple Inc., Steve Wozniak, to Share His Insights as Keynote Presenter at UBM's Advanced Design and Manufacturing Event in New York on June 13" PRNewswire 7:54 AM
  • "Just Kodding launches Socket™ for iOS, shifting the mobile music paradigm from listening to DJ'ing" PRNewswire 7:54 AM
  • "Twitter For iPhone Now Lets You Easily Grab Back Some Storage Space" Digital Trends 7:15 AM
  • "Renault supporting CarPlay in Megane, Scenic, Talisman & more from April" 9to5Mac 7:14 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft is moving St Louis offices, creating another new Technology Center" OnMSFT 10:48 AM
  • "Microsoft demos Windows Server for ARM" bit-tech 6:32 AM
  • "Microsoft Brings Windows Server on ARM Chips in Huge Blow to Intel: Support for ARM processors now available on Windows Server" Softpedia 6:37 AM
  • "Nvidia and Microsoft team up to accelerate cloud-based AI" The Tech Report 10:33 AM
  • "Qualcomm, Microsoft to Give Cloud Services a Speed Boost" TechNewsWorld 1:46 PM
  • "Microsoft Silently Releases Unnamed Windows Driver Update That Fails to Install: New WPD driver shows up all of a sudden on Windows PCs" Softpedia 7:14 AM
  • "Is Microsoft Customer Service Good? 2017 Rating" LAPTOP Magazine 7:15 AM
  • "L'Oréal, Microsoft and TUI on balancing left-brain, right-brain and agility: Brands that are not able to stay on top of changes in society will die, L'Oréal's chief marketing officer, Hugh Pile, has warned." Campaign 9:39 AM
  • "Microsoft's Surface Studio will launch in France in July" Neowin 9:59 AM
  • "Visual Studio Preview Provides an Early Peek at New Features" Thurrott 12:16 PM
  • "Data stored on a single atom for the first time" Telegraph 9:07 AM
  • "IBM scientists write data onto a single atom in major breakthrough" Canada Journal 6:38 AM
  • "IBM researchers store data on individual atoms, could revolutionize hard drives" Neowin 6:18 AM
  • "IBM boffins develop nano hard drive from a single atom: Breakthrough demonstrates how small storage could become" The Inquirer 6:27 AM
  • "Single-atom magnets to pave the way for smaller and denser storage devices: IBM" ZDNet 6:19 AM
  • "HPE buys Nimble for $1bn" BetaNews 3:53 PM
  • "After CIA leak, Intel Security releases detection tool for EFI rootkits" IDG News Service 4:02 PM
  • "Intel: we can control the narrative of eSports" PC Retail 6:37 AM
  • "AMD set to ship x32 Naples processors in Q2" EE Times Asia 6:10 AM
  • "HP launches Centre of Excellence in India: Helmed by the company's Digital India Business Unit, the facility aims to showcase multiple solutions for sectors such as education, healthcare, BFSI, and manufacturing." CIO.iin 6:30 AM
  • "Cisco Jasper: Connected cars the fastest-growing IoT sector" ZDNet 6:19 AM
  • "What Brexit could mean for the tech sector" Telegraph 6:21 AM
  • "Wintel Is Going. But It's Not Dead Yet" Wired 6:57 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple: One Of The Most Underappreciated Stocks In The World?" Barron's 10:17 AM
  • "Why Jim Cramer Still Loves Apple: It has a modest P/E, tons of overseas cash and the upcoming iPhone 8." TheStreet 7:16 AM
  • "STMicro shares slump on concerns over Apple supplies" Reuters 7:24 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks eke out gains as energy shares rebound: Investors prepare for Friday jobs report" MarketWatch 4:21 PM
  • "Wall Street Stuck in Place as Investors Wait for February Jobs Report: Wall Street churned around the flatline for much of the day with investors reluctant to commit to any one direction until the release of Friday's highly anticipated jobs report." TheStreet 4:21 PM
  • "Wall St Ends Up Slightly; Energy Shares Rebound" Reuters 4:20 PM
  • "Stocks Flat on 8th Anniversary of Crisis Low: Energy shares rebound as oil prices pare losses late in the session" [Paid Membership Required] 4:20 PM
  • "Asian markets mostly in the red, as China's inflation hits 2-year low" MarketWatch 6:53 AM
  • "Euro heads higher as traders wait for ECB policy call" MarketWatch 6:53 AM

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