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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 wants to sell HBO, Showtime and Starz in a single bundle: No deal yet. But this one will be easier than selling regular TV." Recode 8:08 PM
  • "Apple Could Offer HBO, Showtime, and Starz Channels as 'Premium TV Bundle'"  MacRumors 8:08 PM
  • "Apple reportedly working to offer 'premium TV' streaming bundle" 9to5Mac 9:26 PM
  • "The iPad Turnaround Is Coming"  Monday Note 9:54 PM
  • "Apple, Google, Amazon Enter Race to Buy Toshiba NAND Flash Unit" MacRumors 7:32 AM
  • "Report: Apple among companies involved in 'bidding war' to acquire Toshiba's storage business" 9to5Mac 10:06 AM
  • "Samsung is spending $9 billion on the iPhone"  BGR 4:39 PM
  • "Apple releases its 11th annual Supplier Responsibility progress report" Neowin 4/1
  • "Apple, Google, Amazon and others are interested in buying Toshiba's memory chip business" phoneArena 4/1
  • "Apple closes WWDC 2017 lottery, begins notifying winning developers" 9to5Mac 3/31
  • "Apple closes WWDC 2017 registrations, notifies lottery winners" AppleInsider 3/31
  • "Is your iOS app piling on weight? Blame Xcode 8.3: We shed light on Apple's bloat riddle" The Register 3/31
  • "About the security content of Apple Remote Desktop 3.9: This document describes the security content of Apple Remote Desktop 3.9." Apple Support 4/1
  • "Logic Pros (101): Tips to supercharge your recording, editing, & workflow" 9to5Mac 6:08 PM
  • "Grabbing A Safari Link With Keyboard Maestro" MacSparky 4/1
  • "Data Backup Plan: How to Implement the 3-2-1 Backup Strategy" Intego 3/31
  • "How To: Return Trashed Files to Their Original Location on Your Mac" MacTrast 3/31
  • "Why Apple Gadgets Need Sleep (and what you can do about it)" TeraTalks 3/31
  • "Getting URLs from Safari" Dr. Drang 9:47 PM
  • "Group by, Count and Sum in CoreData" Cocoanetics 5:48 PM
  • "Apple's bug reporting system: An impractical black hole that's frustrating to use/Reporting a software bug to Apple really bugs me."  Macworld 3/31
  • "The 10 Mac games you need to play from March 2017" [Slideshow] Macworld 3/31
Press Releases
  • "Apple Configurator 2.4" TidBITS 3/31
  • "Total War: Warhammer for Mac Finally Coming this April" Mac Gamer HQ 3/31
  • "BlipWall for MacOS launches today, bringing Facebook photos to MacOS" prMac 3/31
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Logic Pros: What's new in iOS & Mac music production this week" 9to5Mac 7:41 AM
  • "The complete story behind Apple's futuristic new campus, 'Apple Park'" Business Insider 4/1
  • "Apple Hires Former YouTube Exec to Boost Video Effort"  The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 3/31
  • "Apple hires former YouTube, Spotify exec to further video content ambitions" AppleInsider 3/31
  • "Apple Hires Former YouTube Executive to Boost Video Content Strategy" MacRumors 3/31
  • "Apple hired a veteran product manager from YouTube and Spotify to boost its video platform" Business Insider 3/31
  • "Apple's latest hire is a sign that it's focusing on services, not devices"  Business Insider 3/31
  • "DVLA Has Digital Drivers License Ambitions For Apple Pay" Silicon UK 3/31
  • "Your iPhone Will Be Your Driving License in 2018" Apple Must 3/31
  • "Apple Reiterates Commitment to Obama Era Climate Pledge" MacRumors 3/31
  • "Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon will continue to fight climate change despite Trump's order" The Verge 3/31
  • "Hon Hai Posts Surprise Profit Rise After Record iPhone Sales" Bloomberg 3/31
  • "Battle With Apple Takes a Toll on Chinese Phone Giant Huawei" Bloomberg 3/31
  • "Apple's new Watch commercial bombards you with color" Mashable 3/31
  • "Michael Phelps and Beyoncé lend a hand in colorful Apple Watch ad" Cult of Mac 3/31
  • "Today in Apple history: First iPad reviews hail a game-changing tablet" Cult of Mac 3/31
Non-Apple News
  • "Wikileaks releases code that could unmask CIA hacking operations: 'Marble' libraries include code used to obfuscate—and unscramble— CIA malware." Ars Technica 5:28 PM
  • "SoundCloud changes policy, moves US user data controller from Europe to the States" Neowin 7:22 AM
  • "Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon say they won't sell your individual browsing history" 9to5Mac 4/1
  • "Republicans who voted against internet privacy got paid out" Mashable 3/31
  • "After Internet Privacy Vote, Some ISPs Pledge Not To Sell Browsing Histories" BuzzFeed 3/31
  • "Verizon's new bloatware app will monitor apps you install to target ads at you" The Verge 3/31
  • "Happy World Backup Day! (What The Heck Is World Backup Day?)" PC Magazine 3/31
  • "The Galaxy S8's facial scanner can, unsurprisingly, be tricked with a photo" The Verge 3/31
  • "It turns out the Galaxy S8's best new security feature isn't very secure at all" BGR 3/31
  • "Is it safe to buy Samsung's new Galaxy S8 phone? Like it or not, Samsung's new flagship smartphone has to save the company's brand after last year's exploding battery embarrassment." Recode 3/31
  • "Four New Things You'll Learn Today – Mac Geek Gab 651" The Mac Observer 12:47 PM
  • "300th Episode Spectacular - The TouchArcade Show #300" Touch Arcade 3/31
  • "Under the Hood with APFS -TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-31" The Mac Observer 3/31
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks new iPads, Samsung, and Apple's end to 32-bit apps" AppleInsider 3/31
  • "The weird and whacky Apple gadgets time forgot, on The CultCastCult of Mac 3/31
  • "Is Apple making the best possible products? (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy, Ep. 78)" CNET 3/31
  • "All Three 2017 iPhones Said to Feature True Tone Displays" MacRumors 3/31
  • "Report: Next iPhone models to include True Tone displays, custom front/back 3D sensors for facial recognition & AR" 9to5Mac 3/31
  • "Barclays: iPhone 8 to sport 3D sensors on both front and back" iDownload Blog 3/31
  • "The next iPhones could be much easier on your tired eyes" Mashable 3/31
  • "Apple iOS 10.3: This Update Contains An Important Bug Fix" Forbes 3/31
  • "Apple just fixed an iPhone flaw that led to more than 100,000 fake 911 calls" Mashable 3/31
  • "Apple's latest iOS update patches 911 DDoS attack exploit" The Verge 3/31
  • "Apple patent filing hints at the return of the MagSafe connector" Apple World Today 3/31
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 3/31
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 3/31
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 3/31

  • "Shootout: 2017 iPad versus two other 9.7-inch iPads" Bare Feats 4/1
  • "iLuv's Rainbow8 is a decent Wi-Fi smartbulb for Apple's HomeKit, but not much more" AppleInsider 4/1
  • "Laptop manufacturers overstate battery life, Which? tests find: You may only achieve half the stated battery life on many laptops" ["It's not all bad news, however – our tests found that with Apple MacBooks, you could meet or even exceed the claimed battery life, according to Apple."]  Which? 3/31
  • "World's thinnest iPhone case faces 21-foot drop test [Reviews] Cult of Mac 3/31
  • "Review: PhotoFast's new 4-in-1 Lightning drive w/ USB-C, USB-A, & micro USB adds a microSD card slot" 9to5Mac 3/31
  • "Review: Kanex MultiSync Foldable Mini Keyboard" MacTrast 3/31
  • "Blue Microphones Ella planar magnetic headphone review: Fabulous sound" TechHive 3/31
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Workflow looks to have long future at Apple, but users face short-term changes"  AppleInsider 7:42 AM
  • "iOS 10.3.2 Beta 1 Vs iOS 10.3 Speed Comparison [Video] Redmond Pie 7:28 AM
  • "How to use a VPN to protect your internet privacy" ZDNet 9:47 PM
  • "Become Tech Savvy: How to approach updating software on iPhone and iPad" 9to5Mac 4/1
  • "How to access an album from the Music app" iMore 3/31
  • "How to Search Messages on iPhone and iPad" OS X Daily 3/31
  • "Create Custom Ringtones On Your iPhone" MacMost 3/31
  • "5 Things to Consider when Evaluating a VPN for Privacy" The Mac Observer 3/31
  • "Privacy 101: Why You Need a VPN/Congress just moved to let ISPs sell your personal data. Here's how to protect yourself." PC Magazine 3/31
  • "How to back up your iPhone, iPad, and Mac: The ultimate guide" iMore 3/31
  • "How to delete your Apple ID" iMore 3/31
  • "Apple World Today Video Tip: A quick look at photo editing in the iOS Photos app" Apple World Today 3/31
  • "A Quick Guide to Backing Up Your Critical Data" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3/31
  • "Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus: the weigh-in/Which plus-sized Plus is the plushest of all?" Stuff Magazine 7:33 AM
  • "iPhone 8 vs. Galaxy S8: Clash of the Titans Mega Preview" Tom's Guide 7:32 AM
  • "Is Apple planning to reintroduce the MagSafe connector?" TrustedReviews 7:33 AM
  • "Cassandra: eXtensions Video Output 2 -Where are the 32-bit Apps?" eXtensions 7:15 AM
  • "Dan Frommer: 'Samsung's Galaxy S8 Shows Apple Is Behind The Smartphone Design Trend'"Daring Fireball 4/1"  4/1
  • "Apple Computer is formed, April 1, 1976" EDN Network 4/1
  • "Cassandra: eXtensions Video Output 1 -Final Cut" eXtensions 4/1
  • "Apple Music Student Membership Campaign -Apple Music initiative in Southeast Asia" eXtensions 4/1
  • "Special April 1 report: Apple to buy Disney, Netflix, 13 other companies"  Apple World Today 4/1
  • "Special April 1 report: Apple working on an iPhone-themed car (the iCar)"  Apple World Today 4/1
  • "Special April 1 report: Apple to introduce a 55-inch, 12K iMac Pro Plus"  Apple World Today 4/1
  • "Lefsetz Letter – Galaxy S8" Kirkville 4/1
  • "Should fans skip iPhone 8 and buy the Galaxy S8? [Friday Night Fights] Cult of Mac 3/31
  • "The Music Industry Kind Of Likes Streaming Now, But It's Still Nervous" BuzzFeed 3/31
  • "Using my iPhone for the next six months is really, really going to suck" BGR 3/31
  • "The $1,000 Phone: The huge problem Apple must solve before it launches the new iPhone" Business Insider 3/31
  • "Wishlist: Here are the things that we'd love to see with HomeKit" 9to5Mac 3/31
  • "The Galaxy S8 is more powerful than the iPhone 7, but yours won't be" BGR 3/31
  • "Privacy And Security Has A Price Tag" NoodleMac 3/31
  • "Is It Time to Upgrade Your iPad? Probably NotApple's seventh-generation iPad, released to little fanfare, is a bit faster and brighter than the last—but otherwise not much different" [Paid Membership Required] 3/31
  • "The iPad As The New Mac" Mac360 3/31
  • "Why Apple's iPhone 8 might not be as sleek as the Galaxy S8" BGR 3/31
  • "To fix the Apple TV, why not free Siri from the Siri Remote? If we could just talk to the Apple TV directly, it'd be easier to eschew the Siri Remote for a better, universal option."  Macworld 3/31
  • "How Netflix and Hulu Changed The Way We Watch TV" Among Tech 4:23 PM
  • "Why do developers who could work anywhere flock to the world's most expensive cities?" TechCrunch 9:49 AM
  • "Samsung removes the physical home button: The Galaxy S8 is better as a result" ZDNet 7:33 AM
  • "Jerks and the Start-Ups They Ruin" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 4/1
  • "How sloppy science creates worthless cures and wastes billions: New book explains everything that's going wrong, why it matters, and what to do." Ars Technica 4/1
  • "Samsung could have its own Apple Park with $5 billion. Instead it has the ashes of Galaxy Note 7" AppleInsider 3/31
  • "When Atari Ruled the World/ExtemeTech EIC Jamie Lendino dives into the history and lore of 8-bit Atari computers in 'Breakout: How Atari 8-Bit Computers Defined a Generation.' Read an excerpt here." PC Magazine 3/31
  • "The LG G6 Is Too Damn Simple" Gizmodo 3/31
  • "Microsoft And Samsung Sittin' In A Tree" Mac360 3/31
  • "Your life in AI's hands: The battle to understand deep learning/Why we need more insight into how cutting-edge AI models work before giving them greater control over our lives." TechRepublic 3/31
  • "The Appeal of Consumer-Focused PC as a Service" Tech.pinions 3/31
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Swim Out, Strategic Turn by Turn Puzzle Game Now on Steam Greenlight" prMac 8:26 PM
  • "SoundCloud for iOS adds Chromecast support, shared playback, more" 9to5Mac 4/1
  • "Twelve South AirRings for AirPods: Turning tech into fashion accessories" Apple World Today 4/1
  • "IFTTT now connects to the iOS Calendar and App Store" iMore 4/1
  • "Offline English Amharic (Ethiopia) Translator Dictionary 1.6 for iOS" prMac 4/1
  • "SoundCloud brings Chromecast streaming to iOS: Go ahead and play your favorite mixes through the TV." Engadget 4/1
  • "Coming April 1: Gene Steinberg meets blogger Peter Cohen and ethical hacker Dr. Timothy Summers, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 3/31
  • "Apple's 'we're sorry we took away your ports' dongle sale ends today: You can also save big on LG's Ultrafine monitors for one more day." Engadget 3/31
  • "Apple launches new Field Trips and App Store page for Autism Acceptance month" 9to5Mac 3/31
  • "Apple Launches Autism Acceptance App Store Collection" 512 Pixels 3/31
  • "New iPad 9.7-inch 2017 Case Available From Gumdrop Cases" prMac 3/31
  • "LOC for iOS Makes Reality More Fun, Now With Augmented Reality" prMac 3/31
  • "Slidecast - Record PowerPoint and Keynote Videos on your iPad or iPhone" prMac 3/31
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 10 user base on Steam reaches all-time high of 51.2%" Neowin 7:23 AM
  • "Microsoft takes CodePlex to death row on back of GitHub monoculture" ZDNet 9:48 PM
  • "IBM X-Force: Number of compromised healthcare records drops 88 percent in 2016" MedCity News 8:48 PM
  • "Cisco ends 2016 on top of collaboration market as Microsoft nips at heels" Channel Life 8:48 PM
  • "Why Oracle Paid More Than $600 Million for Dyn" Yahoo! Finance 8:48 PM
  • "Windows XP's market share takes another hit, as Windows 7 and 10 rise" Neowin 4/1
  • "Microsoft and MapR to hold free webinar about big data app development on April 13" Neowin 4/1
  • "Microsoft CodePlex Open Source Repository Closing, Devs Urged To Embrace Github" HotHardware 4/1
  • "Project Scorpio won't get its 'sting' until June, offers developers delivery options" Neowin 4/1
  • "Microsoft starts shutting down CodePlex, GitHub welcomes the contributors to its platform" Neowin 4/1
  • "Skype users exposed to malware through in-app ads" Neowin 4/1
  • "Intel CEO admits to industry-wide conspiracy to slow CPU advances, kill frequency boosts" ExtremeTech 4/1
  • "Cloudera IPO has stake-limiting provision on Intel" Seeking Alpha 4/1
  • "AMD announces low-power processor for tablet, smartphone markets" ExtremeTech 4/1
  • "Macro Malware, Aging Worms Continue to Pose Threat to Present Day" eWeek 4/1
  • "Lenovo appoints new Brazil head" ZDNet 4/1
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Call of the week: Apple notches record high on price target hikes" Yahoo! Finance 3/31
  • "Race To $1 Trillion: Apple Will Get There First But Buy Amazon" Forbes 3/31
  • "These Stocks Will Win in Apple iPhone 8 Supercycle" Investopedia 3/31
  • "Apple Walks All Over Nike, Facebook and Illumina Square Off: Challenge Update" TheStreet 3/31
Industry News
  • "Stocks finish quarter with solid gains, despite mediocre monthly performance: Technology stocks rally 12% over the past quarter" MarketWatch 3/31
  • "Stocks Mixed Friday With an Eye on Gains for the First Quarter: Stocks are narrowly mixed on Friday as Wall Street looks to close out the first quarter with gains." TheStreet 3/31
  • "Stocks start year strong despite Trump missteps" USA Today 3/31
  • "Dow, S&P 500 Book Biggest 1Q Gains in Four Years as Tech Leaps" FOXBusiness 3/31
  • "S&P 500 Posts Biggest Quarterly Gain Since 2015: Technology companies have led broader indexes higher in the first quarter" [Paid Membership Required] 3/31
  • "Asian markets quietly cap mostly positive first quarter: Asian stocks began the last day of the quarter Friday little changed, after what has broadly been a strong start to 2017 for equities in the region amid worries over the global effect of issues such as potential U.S. protectionism." MarketWatch 3/31
  • "European stocks score strongest quarter since 2015: European stocks ended a volatile trading session mostly higher, with the Stoxx Europe 600 index logging a third quarter of gains." MarketWatch 3/31

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