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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.

  • "Has Apple Found the Right Formula to Crack This Emerging Market?"  The Motley Fool 8:35 AM
  • "Apple 'One of the Most Underappreciated Stocks in the World'"  24/7 Wall St. 8:35 AM
  • "Why the new Mac Pro might never come: 'You will see us do more in the pro area,' said Tim Cook, but that's open to interpretation."  Macworld 3/10
  • "Apple wants to make it harder to repair your already-hard to repair iPhone"  The Next Web 3/10
  • "Apple's Swift soars into Tiobe's top 10 programming languages: However, Swift's Apple-centric focus could prevent the language from climbing much higher" InfoWorld 3/10
  • "Swift makes it into top 10 most popular programming languages; 'expected not to rise further'" 9to5Mac 3/10
  • "Apple's Swift Breaks into Top Ten List of Most Popular Programming Languages" MacTrast 3/10
  • "1Password raises top bug bounty reward to $100,000" BetaNews 3/10
  • "Hands On: Microsoft OneNote is powerful, but needs Office to shine" AppleInsider 8:04 PM
  • "Become Tech Savvy: How to approach updating software on your Mac" 9to5Mac 11:58 AM
  • "AirBar adds a few more touchscreen tricks to the MacBook Air" Engadget 8:29 PM
  • "Activate Night Shift mode on your Mac and spare your eyes" Cult of Mac 11:58 AM
  • "How to get Spotlight to show you the right results on your Mac" iMore 8:30 AM
  • "Apple Motion's Custom Behavior — The Diamond in the Rough" 3/10
  • "Ask the iTunes Guy: Your audiobook questions/In this edition, Kirk McElhearn address your questions about audiobooks and iTunes." Macworld 3/10
  • "How To Take Screenshots Using the Mac Keyboard" MacTrast 3/10
  • "Drawing Shapes in Preview" MacMost 3/10
  • "Your Mac's Storage Almost Full? 3 Ways to Free up Disk Space on Your Mac" iPhone Hacks 3/10
  • "CleanMyMac 3: a threequel that's better than the original and its sequel" Apple World Today 3/10
  • "Using the Escape Key on Touch Bar MacBook Pro" OS X Daily 3/10
  • "A First Aid Kit For A Sick Mac" Mac 360 3/10
Press Releases
  • "Wallpaper Weekends: The Northern Lights for Mac, iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch" MacTrast 12:41 PM
  • "New macOS app aims to make it easier to share your Twitter ramblings in 'tweetstorm' form" 9to5Mac 12:09 PM
  • "Skype for macOS updated with in-call support for Touch Bar controls" 9to5Mac 11:58 AM
  • "Intel Security releases EFI rootkit checker for MacBooks after CIA hacking leaks" BetaNews 8:30 AM
  • "New Steam Client Update Adds Steam Controller Configuration Links, Many Changes: Better offline controller support is now offered" Softpedia 3/10
  • "Puzzle Game 'The Witness' Launches on Mac App Store, iOS Version Still Coming Soon" MacRumors 3/10
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple's iPhone-destroying robots are 'operating' in California and Europe" Business Insider 8:35 AM
  • "Google's CEO and Apple's CEO were spotted together at a restaurant" Business Insider 3/10
  • "Tim Cook spotted dining with Google CEO" Cult of Mac 3/10
  • "Apple Tops 'Tech Support Showdown' List for Third Consecutive Year" MacRumors 3/10
  • "Apple retains top spot on Laptop's tech support rankings for third year straight" AppleInsider 3/10
  • "Ireland's biggest banks keep mum about Apple Pay launch" SiliconRepublic 3/10
  • "Apple wants to promote health apps that work" Computerworld 3/10
  • "Sheriff reports another attempted theft at Deer Park Apple Store" Lake County News-Sun [Free Registration Required] 3/10
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple reconsiders the Newton?" Cult of Mac 3/10
Non-Apple News
  • "Meta 2 brings cheaper AR, but with wires attached" Mashable 5:59 PM
  • "Proposed state tax on sale of personal data faces a fight from business groups" GeekWire 12:42 PM
  • "KGI corroborates Galaxy S8 specs & April 21 release date, projects slower sales compared to Galaxy S7" 9to5Google 11:58 AM
  • "TAG Heuer teases its next Android Wear device ahead of March 14th unveiling" 9to5Google 9:52 AM
  • "Tech Support Reps Give Wrong Answers Nearly Half the Time" LAPTOP Magazine 8:32 AM
  • "MCX sells one-time Apple Pay challenger CurrentC to JPMorgan Chase" AppleInsider 3/10
  • "Google insists Hangouts for consumers isn't going away" Engadget 3/10
  • "Preinstalled malware targets Android users of two companies" Ars Technica 3/10
  • "These Failed Apps Discovered a Hidden Rule of the Web: Anonymous apps like Secret and Yik Yak set out to make social media more authentic. Here's why that failed." Backchannel 3/10
  • "Japan's national security could block Apple suppliers Foxconn & TSMC from Toshiba memory stake" AppleInsider 3/10
  • "Facebook dips its gigantic toe into U.S. sports scene" Mashable 3/10
  • "ARM says 'Brain Cells' in Chips Will Surpass Neurons in Humans by 2018" Architosh 3/10
  • "There's a 'hardware issue' in Google's iPhone-killer Pixel phone causing faulty microphones" Business Insider 3/10
  • "Technology behind 'all serious crime'" BBC 3/10
  • "Road to Macstock – Guy Serle on Podcasting and the MyMac Game Show" MacVoices 3/10
  • "Understanding Retina and HiDPI Resolutions for Mere Mortals-TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-10" The Mac Observer 3/10
  • "The Engadget Podcast Ep 31: Look Inside America" Engadget 3/10
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 110 | iPhone 'Edition' naming theories, iOS app caching considerations and more" 9to5Mac 3/10
  • "Hackers turn our gadgets against us plus our favorite supercharged routers on The CultCastCult of Mac 3/10
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8' & delays, health care & HealthKit, headphones, and the CIA" AppleInsider 3/10
  • "Podcast: John Markoff of the NYT on covering Apple" Apple 3.0 3/10
  • "Remaster, Episode 30: Nintendo Switch Review" MacStories 3/10
  • "Final Cut Pro Radio Episode 35" ["In this episode we talk wth Marty Jenoff. Marty is both an editor and photographer at a Baltimore TV station. He uses both FCP and Premiere for his jobs. We talk about what he does at the TV station and why he prefers Final Cut Pro X, a few FCPX tips, his workflow as well as a bit about expensive coffee, helicopters and Premiere."] FCPRadio 3/10
  • "Analyst predicts weak demand for Samsung Galaxy S8, suggests focusing on Apple OLED 'iPhone 8'" AppleInsider 4:48 PM
  • "Apple wins Laptop Mag's tech support showdown (again): But the runner-up is surprising." Engadget 9:52 AM
  • "iPhone 8 to Have Flat Display, Not Curved?" iClarified 8:32 AM
  • "iPhone 8: Everything we currently know about this year's iPhone & making sense of it all" 9to5Mac 8:35 PM
  • "Here's why you must back up your iPhone and iPad before upgrading to iOS 10.3: iOS 10.3 is expected to land before March is out, and it's vital that you have an effective backup mechanism in place for your iPhone before you upgrade." ZDNet 3/10
  • "The next iOS will deeply change the iPhone, and you won't even notice" Mashable 3/10
  • "You can now try out the hidden 'floating' iPad keyboard in iOS 10.3 within Swift Playgrounds" 9to5Mac 3/10
  • "Your iPhone's battery may soon last as long as a Nokia 3310" ShortList 3/10
  • "2016 MacBook Pro notes talk about Apple Watch unlock problems, Apple's proprietary SSD, charging issues, keyboard issues, port/dongle issues, etc." MacInTouch 12:12 PM
  • "Apple authentication discussion continues on the confusing subject with notes about two-factor vs. two-step processes and issues." MacInTouch 12:12 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 3/10
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 3/10
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 3/10

  • "How to use the Nintendo Switch's Joy-Cons with your Mac – and why you'd want to: The little controllers easily pair with Mac for games, but they have limits." Macworld 3/10
  • "Battle of the waterproof cases! LifeProof Fre vs. LifeProof Nuud – Waterproof iPhone 7 Case Comparison" Mobile Reviews Eh 3/10
  • "Even your cat can't destroy this chew-proof Lightning cable [Reviews] Cult of Mac 3/10
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "This $6 podcast app is way better than Apple's -- take a look" Business Insider 3/10
  • "iOS podcast apps review roundup: Castro 2.3, Overcast 3, and Pocket Casts 6.5" Macworld 3/10
  • "Pocket Casts 6.5 review: iOS podcast app emphasizes graphics and simplicity" Macworld 3/10
  • "Food Genie Review: The Perfect Restaurant Selection Tool" MacStories 3/10
  • "Djinn Caster Review: Wonderful storytelling wrapped in an action RPG" iMore 3/10
  • "'MonstroCity: Rampage!' Review - Nigel Thornberry Levels of Smashing" Touch Arcade 3/10
  • "How to Scan QR Codes on iPhone with Chrome" OS X Daily 4:48 PM
  • "How to add your existing lights and fans to your HomeKit-enabled home" iMore 4:48 PM
  • "How To Install AeroTV On iOS 10 Without Jailbreak" Redmond Pie 9:39 AM
  • "Activate your iPhone's hidden magnifying glass feature: This feature transforms your iPhone into a portable magnifying glass and telescope." ZDNet 8:50 AM
  • "A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Delete Music from Your iPhone or iPad" Digital Trends 8:43 AM
  • "How to use the Amazon Echo and Alexa" Telegraph 8:33 AM
  • "Fix http-win.cpp:158 Cydia Impactor Error On Windows For iOS 10.2 Jailbreak, Here's How" Redmond Pie 8:33 AM
  • "How to get Siri to read articles and other text on iOS and macOS" 9to5Mac 3/10
  • "Here's the best way to clean your computer or laptop without damaging it" [Video] Business Insider 3/10
  • "How to Force Close an App on Apple Watch Running watchOS" WCCFTech 3/10
  • "Using the TV App for iOS" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3/10
  • "Apple: Dragnet at Deer Park" Apple 3.0 10:26 AM
  • "Cassandra: Saturday Review -IoT Security Risks, Components and Chips from Apple-Linked Companies, some Patent News and More" eXtensions 8:41 AM
  • "Playing games: No, Apple is not a monopoly" Macworld 8:29 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone fight against non-Apple repair spotlighted where it counts: Teen Vogue" SiliconBeat 3/10
  • "The iPhone 8 is going to have the best graphics we've ever seen in a smartphone" BGR 3/10
  • "Why Alexa and Siri would make terrible companions" The Next Web 3/10
  • "Feature Request: Apple should bring these features from iBooks to every Now Playing screen on iOS" 9to5Mac 3/10
  • "Ford, not Apple, has a better chance with autonomous cars...." Apple Must 3/10
  • "Cassandra: Friday Review -Where are the new Macs; Touch Bar Oddities; Falling Foul of Copyright; IoT and AI" eXtensions 3/10
  • "Translating iPhone Techno-Babble" TeraTalks 3/10
  • "Wikileaks, And The iPhone Solution" NoodleMac 3/10
  • "Google: Another Reason To Buy Apple" Mac360 3/10
  • "iPhone 8 does NOT exist, new Apple leak claims" Express UK 3/10
  • "This could be our best look yet at what to expect from the iPhone 8 [Gallery] 9to5Mac 3/10
  • "Machine learning will be a game-changer for esports" VentureBeat 9:30 PM
  • "LG G6 vs. LG G5: What's new?" CNET 9:30 PM
  • "State Of Cloud Analytics In The Enterprise" Forbes 5:22 PM
  • "Samsung Notebook Odyssey Takes On Overwatch Gamers At PAX East 2017 (Hands-On)" HotHardware 4:12 PM
  • "If Trump Fans Love Freedom, They Should Love Net Neutrality" Wired 8:46 AM
  • "Should Our AI Agents Be Always With Us? Or Sit On a Table? Siri?" The Mac Observer 3/10
  • "Capital One Launched A Natural Language Chatbot Named Eno" The Mac Observer 3/10
  • "Ten Things in Tech that Should be Easier" Tech.pinions 3/10
  • "The CIA, WikiLeaks and Spy Versus Spy" I, Cringely 3/10
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "The smart jacket from Google and Levi's arrives this fall for $350" Engadget 4:49 PM
  • "Watch the trailer for a new retro iOS game coded entirely with an iPad [Video] 9to5Mac 10:09 AM
  • "The Best TV Tracking App for iPhone" AppAdvice 8:51 AM
  • "These bizarre iPhone wallpapers will make your folders disappear" BGR 8:30 AM
  • "Microsoft updates Cortana for iOS with a fresh look" IDG News Service 8:29 AM
  • "Coming March 11: Gene Steinberg meets Macworld columnist Kirk McElhearn, and The Mac Observer's Bryan Chaffin, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 8:12 AM
  • "JPMorgan Chase buying up MCX technology after Apple Pay competitor CurrentC failed to launch" 9to5Mac 3/10
  • "Pre-fab builder WeberHaus to offer Apple HomeKit-equipped smart homes, first for EU" 9to5Mac 3/10
  • "This iPhone 7 case is cheap, ugly, and an absolute boss!" phoneArena 3/10
  • "iPhone 7 Plus finally gets a rugged ZeroLemon Slim Juicer case" SlashGear 3/10
  • "Upcoming tweak will bring new features to your AirPods" iDownload Blog 3/10
  • "Cortana 2.0 Brings New UX to iPhone" Thurrott 3/10
  • "Microsoft updates Cortana for iOS with a fresh look: The virtual assistant's app gets a redesign to match its Android counterpart" Computerworld New Zealand 3/10
  • "Google Chrome for iOS to get Safari-like Reading List feature" Cult of Mac 3/10
Computer Industry
  • "Here's Why the Best Is Yet to Come for Microsoft Corporation: Cloud growth, bold moves into new markets, and embracing former rivals could herald a new era of growth for the aging tech giant." The Motley Fool 4:28 PM
  • "Microsoft Surface Phone Launch Delayed, May Debut In 2018 To Rival iPhone 9" Tech Times 8:59 AM
  • "IBM beats Microsoft's word error rate in speech recognition, achieves 5.5%" Neowin 8:57 AM
  • "IBM moves closer to human-like accuracy for speech recognition" PanArmenian Network 8:57 AM
  • "IBM seriously just turned an atom into the world's smallest hard drive" ScienceAlert 8:57 AM
  • "AMD Vega GPU Makes Cameo Appearance In CompuBench Besting GTX 1080" HotHardware 4:12 PM
  • "WikiLeaks Prods Government System for Sharing Cybersecrets With Companies" [Paid Membership Required] 8:30 AM
  • "Tech Companies Weigh Responses to WikiLeaks Exposure" TechNewsWorld 4:48 PM
  • "What the CIA WikiLeaks dump tells us: Encryption works" Associated Press 8:30 AM
  • "Anything you post can and will be used against you: Sure, the CIA can hack your TV, but public posts on Facebook could really hurt you" Computerworld 8:46 AM
  • "The End Of Wintel: How The Most Powerful Alliance In Tech History Is Falling Apart" Forbes 3/10
  • "Could Bill Gates' plan to tax robots really lead to a brighter future for all?" The Coversation 3/10
  • "What's Microsoft after with Windows Server on ARM?" Computerworld 3/10
  • "Microsoft Surface has a new rival, but it's not who you think it is" Express UK 3/10
  • "How Microsoft Is Watching Its Bill" [Paid Membership Required] 3/10
  • "Qualcomm Collaborates with Microsoft to Accelerate Cloud Services" The Fast Mode 3/10
  • "Pennsylvania Takes on IBM for Failing to Deliver Processing System" NBC TV 10 3/10
  • "Pennsylvania sues IBM over jobless claims system upgrade: Lawsuit alleges the company failed to deliver on a contract to replace its system for processing unemployment claims, costing the state $170 million." CNET 3/10
  • "IBM inches toward human-like accuracy for speech recognition: The company has reached a 5.5 percent word error rate that's nearly on par with humans." Engadget 3/10
  • "Dell to release S2318NX, S2418NX and S2718NX IPS Displays with HDR" Guru3D 3/10
  • "Xiaomi And Intel Unveil 'Smart Sportswear' Shoes" Click Online 3/10
  • "Intel Talks About VR And The Future Of Esports" Vrfocus 3/10
  • "Teclast X5 Pro's Low Price Point Makes it an Absolute Steal for a Core M3 Tablet PC" VR-Zone 3/10
  • "Post CIA leak, Intel Security releases EFI rootkit detection tool" Tech Central 3/10
  • "AMD's successor to Ryzen CPUs could launch in early 2018" TechRadar UK 3/10
  • "4K gaming tested: AMD Ryzen and GeForce GTX 1080 Ti for less than Intel's cheapest 8-core chip" PCWorld 3/10
  • "How to use Ryzen Master, AMD's powerful new CPU overclocking tool" PCWorld 3/10
  • "AMD Ryzen Gets Delidded - And It Is a Tricky Thing to Do" Guru3D 3/10
  • "Microsoft Windows Bug Is Holding Back AMD Ryzen" Guru3D 3/10
  • "What's Next For AMD?" Forbes 3/10
  • "AMD Previews Next Gen Opteron," VR World 3/10
  • "Cisco and Apache issue Zero-Day flaw warnings" Tech Central 3/10
  • "Cisco: First-gen internet is 'not fit for purpose' for IoT" ZDNet 3/10
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Short Interest Jumps by Over 3 Million Shares" 24/7 Wall St. 3/10
Industry News
  • "Stock market ends higher after solid jobs report but snaps weekly win streak: Oil logged 9% weekly decline" MarketWatch 3/10
  • "Wall Street Rises After Strong Jobs Report Signals March Rate Hike: A solid February jobs report reaffirms confidence in the economic recovery, sending U.S. stocks higher on Friday." TheStreet 3/10
  • "Wall St Ends Up; Jobs Data Points to Economic Strength" Reuters 3/10
  • "Stocks Rise Following February Jobs Report: S&P 500 notches first weekly decline since January" [Paid Membership Required] 3/10
  • "Nikkei leaps amid global bond selloff: Japan financial stocks rose Friday, boosted by a global bond selloff after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi hinted the central bank was unlikely to introduce fresh stimulus measures." MarketWatch 3/10
  • "European stocks trim gains into the close after report ECB discussed rate hike: European stocks pared gains in afternoon trade on Friday, closing only slightly higher after a report the European Central Bank has discussed whether it could raise interest rates before ending its program of monthly asset purchases." MarketWatch 3/10

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