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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.

  • "Discussions with Apple regarding license agreement"  Imagination 7:56 AM
  • "Apple To Develop Own GPU, Drop Imagination's GPUs From SoCs" AnandTech 8:17 AM
  • "Apple Supplier Raises Patent-Fight Prospects as Shares Tumble: Shares in Imagination Technologies fell as much as 70%" [Paid Membership Required] 8:12 AM
  • "Imagination Technologies' shares plunge 70 percent after Apple ditches firm" Reuters 9:15 PM
  • "Apple looses its Imagination, will build its own GPU"  Computerworld 7:52 AM
  • "Apple said to drop Imagination's IP in favor of own graphics chips: Imagination contests Apple's ability to design a GPU without infringing its IP and patents" Computerworld 7:59 AM
  • "Apple Inc. Drops Bomb on Supplier Imagination Tech: Imagination's largest customer just told it that it will no longer be needing its technology." The Motley Fool 8:12 AM
  • "Apple is developing its own graphics chips for future iPhones" TechCrunch 8:08 AM
  • "FY 17 Second Quarter Results: May 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET." Apple Investor News 7:00 PM
  • "Apple announces Q2 2017 earnings release & call for May 2" 9to5Mac 5:18 PM
  • "FCC nixes condition of Charter merger that forced competition" CNET 3:55 PM
  • "Android becomes world's most used OS online, Apple's iOS & macOS trail" AppleInsider 11:00 AM
  • "How to install and troubleshoot Bluetooth devices in macOS" TechRepublic 3:35 PM
  • "Pogue's Basics: The secret keystroke that shows the Mac's invisible files" Yahoo! Finance 6:52 PM
  • "Protect against potential ISP snooping by using https and a VPN" Macworld 8:03 AM
  • "How to View 'Live Photos' in the Photos App on Your Mac" MacTrast 8:30 AM
  • "Night Shift vs. f.lux: What's the difference?" iMore 3:35 PM
  • "How to download your music purchased on iTunes Store to a new computer" iDownload Blog 8:30 AM
  • "Use A Mac To Write And Print Checks" Mac360 7:48 AM
  • "macOS Sierra: Delete Your APFS Partition the Right Way" The Mac Observer 6:06 PM
Press Releases
  • "Feral Announces 'F1 2016' Coming to Mac on April 6 for $49.99" MacRumors 8:23 AM
  • "B-Eng updates Mac SSD Health Check for NVMe - MacBook Pro" prMac 8:03 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Veteran Apple Designer Leaving: Long time Apple industrial designer Christopher Stringer is leaving the company in another shakeup to Apple's vaunted design team."  The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 3:32 PM
  • "Veteran member of Jony Ive's industrial design team departs Apple" 9to5Mac 5:17 PM
  • "Veteran designer Christopher Stringer leaves Apple after 21 years" AppleInsider 5:18 PM
  • "Apple wants to sell customers a 'premium' TV bundle" Business Insider 8:18 AM
  • "Apple TV could package HBO, Showtime and Starz as a bundle" Cult of Mac 8:29 AM
  • "Apple wants to sell HBO, Showtime and Starz in new premium TV bundle" The Next Web 8:31 AM
  • "Apple Scheming for HBO, Showtime, Starz Streaming Bundle" The Mac Observer 8:48 AM
  • "Apple takes a bite of India with new App Accelerator centre" CNET 8:02 AM
  • "Apple returns to Indonesia after skipping the iPhone 6S there" Mashable 8:08 AM
  • "Apple TV penetration hits 5% of all U.S. households with WiFi; chasing Roku, fireTV & Chromecast" 9to5Mac 8:07 AM
  • "Wellness Apps Evade the FDA, Only to Land In Court" Wired 8:21 AM
  • "The newest ad for the Apple Watch is all about fitness" Business Insider 8:18 AM
  • "This week in tech history: iPads go on sale, Instagram comes to Android, and the Nokia N95" The Verge 8:30 AM
  • "iPhone 7 survives explosive encounter with 25 pounds of gun powder" Cult of Mac 1:11 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: Macintosh LC 580 is ready for school" Cult of Mac 8:30 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Samsung's Tizen OS may be overrun with security flaws" ExtremeTech 9:00 PM
  • "AOL and Yahoo are merging into 'Oath,' one giant ball of sadness" BGR 6:28 PM
  • "ATM hackers release cold, hard cash at the click of a remote button" ZDNet 4:06 PM
  • "Hackers responsible for $80M bank heist show 'no signs of stopping'" ZDNet 4:05 PM
  • "Verizon is mashing Yahoo and AOL into a new company called Oath" The Verge 3:54 PM
  • "Android inches ahead of Windows as most popular OS: Microsoft no longer has a dominant operating system when you look at internet users worldwide, StatCounter finds." CNET 3:32 PM
  • "Google Wifi Now Lets You Pause the Internet" PC Magazine 3:31 PM
  • "Amazon wants social media influencers to sell you products" Engadget 1:11 PM
  • "Google shuts down Map Maker, promises to integrate features into Google Maps" Ars Technica 11:05 AM
  • "Virginia Tech's DIALDroid shows Android apps steal data through secret collusion" BetaNews 8:31 AM
  • "Android update makes Google's Pixel C look more like its Pixel smartphones" The Verge 8:30 AM
  • "TMO Background Mode Interview with Medical Epidemiologist Dr. Steven Lamm" The Mac Observer 3:26 PM
  • "Smile's Greg Scown Discusses TextExpander and Subscription Software -TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-03" The Mac Observer 12:58 PM
  • "Exclusive: Apple has ordered 70m units of OLED panels: sources"  Nikkei 1:12 PM
  • "Apple Places Order for 70 Million OLED iPhone Panels From Samsung" MacRumors 1:12 PM
  • "Apple is developing its own graphics chips for the iPhone" The Verge 8:13 AM
  • "Apple to stop using Imagination Technologies GPU tech within two years in favor of its own custom architecture, $IMG stock falls by 70%" 9to5Mac 8:07 AM
  • "Apple, Amazon, Google identified as bidders for Toshiba's NAND flash memory business" AppleInsider 8:27 AM
  • "iOS 10.3.1 includes bug fixes and improves the security of your iPhone or iPad: Bugs? Fixed 'em. Security? Improved it." Ars Technica 1:11 PM
  • "Apple's iOS 10.3.1 Arrives With Security Improvements, Bug Fixes" AppAdvice 1:11 PM
  • "Apple releases iOS 10.3.1 with bug fixes and security improvements" iDownload Blog 1:11 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple's online store is running a rare sale on Beats headphones" Business Insider 1:42 PM
  • "Apple offers discounts on Beats headphones and Pill+ speaker" 9to5Mac 3:35 PM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:48 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:48 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:48 AM

  • "Review: Apple iPad (Fifth-Generation)" iLounge 11:27 AM
  • "iPad (5th generation) review: The best value in tablets today" iMore 11:28 AM
  • "It's just plain old iPad, and it's cheap!" Boston Herald 8:21 AM
  • "On Test Part 1: The QNAP TVS-682T Dual Thunderbolt 2 Desktop Shared Storage NAS" 8:25 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Sway Review: Meditation Through Movement" MacStories 1:11 PM
  • "Springtomize 4 review: new Profiles feature makes this tweak even more powerful" iDownload Blog 10:09 AM
  • "Create Ringtones From Music On Your iPhone" MacMost 9:52 AM
  • "How to view GPS coordinates of any location on iPhone" iDownload Blog 8:30 AM
  • "How to use Find My AirPods in iOS 10.3: The Find My iPhone app has a new trick in iOS 10.3—locating a misplaced set of AirPods. Well, if they're on and connected, anyway." Macworld 8:03 AM
  • "10 iPhone Tips You'll Use Every Day" Apple Must 10:04 AM
  • "iOS 11 Feature Wishlist: OS Level Automation" iPhone Hacks 9:12 PM
  • "How to Turn Your iPhone into a Mac Replacement (A Fantasy)" Apple Must 12:59 PM
  • "It's Time For Apple To Spend Money" Mac360 10:48 AM
  • "Privacy For Mac, iPhone, And iPad" NoodleMac 10:48 AM
  • "Apple TV struggles to gain toehold in living rooms" Cult of Mac 10:09 AM
  • "iPad sales falling for 12 quarters straight? Not quite, suggests Fiksu data ..." 9to5Mac 9:47 AM
  • "I'm calling it: No spring Apple event this year/Statistically speaking, if you're counting on a big April Apple announcement, you're in for a disappointment. Probably." ZDNet 9:04 AM
  • "Will phones become the new tablets?"  iMore 8:31 AM
  • "What writing a letter to Steve Jobs taught me about Apple's incredible customer service" The Next Web 8:30 AM
  • "Apple Maps' 'Koch' Blunder: While directing users over the Ed Koch Bridge, it pronounces the name 'coke,' rather than 'kotch.' Is something political at work?"  The New Yorker 8:26 AM
  • "The Flaw in Tech Companies' AI Strategy" Tech.pinions 8:23 AM
  • "Apple's Plan for In-house Mobile GPU Design Could Lead to Imagination Technologies Patent Fight" The Mac Observer 10:04 AM
  • "Hands-On With Samsung Galaxy S8 And Galaxy S8+ [Video] Redmond Pie 3:55 PM
  • "Pearls Before Swine" GoComics 8:18 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "The next evolution of iMore" iMore 7:18 PM
  • "Geekbench 4 for iOS goes free until April 10, now with added Metal" iMore 11:28 AM
  • "Subaru's redesigned 2018 Crosstrek comes with CarPlay standard" 9to5Mac 11:01 AM
  • "Record PowerPoint and Keynote Videos On Your iPad or iPhone With Free Slidecast" MacPrices 10:21 AM
  • "A New Challenger Appears: Palit's Own-Brand UVS and GFS SSDs Announced" AnandTech 10:17 AM
  • "Apple and Blackberry Find New Ways to Generate Revenue" Accesswire 8:48 AM
  • "ESPN launches rebranded Apple TV app w/ new design, live stream auto-play & on-demand content" 9to5Mac 8:46 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Report: 52% of businesses still running Windows XP, despite support ending in 2014" TechRepublic 11:41 AM
  • "Goodbye, Windows 7: Americans and Europeans Upgrade to Windows 10" Softpedia 8:44 AM
  • "Microsoft Won't Block Zero-Day Attacks Targeting 600,000 Systems for Good Reason" Softpedia 8:43 AM
  • "Microsoft addresses cybersecurity at industry event" ITP Technology 8:42 AM
  • "Windows 10 Now Powering Half of the World's Gaming Computers" Softpedia 8:41 AM
  • "New Windows 10 for PCs cumulative updates are rolling out to Insiders - here's what's new" Neowin 9:11 PM
  • "Dell EMC partner Intuit Technologies powers salmon farmer's landmark IoT project" CRN 8:30 AM
  • "Dell warns PC slowdown threatens transition to infrastructure sales" The Register 8:30 AM
  • "Moore's Law's Over: Why Mobileye, Cloudera, And Optane Won't Boost Intel's Stock" Forbes 8:28 AM
  • "Intel Kaby Lake-G Processors To Pack Fast Discrete GPU and HBM2 Memory – Will Utilize Multi-Die Package Design" WCCFTech 8:25 AM
  • "Intel Kaby Lake-G Series Leaks With Alleged Discrete GPU Onboard Multi-Chip Module" HotHardware 5:09 PM
  • "Intel Working On 900P Consumer Optane SSD with High Volume Capacity" Guru3D 8:24 AM
  • "Early AMD Ryzen 5 1400 review and comparison leaks" Hexus 8:21 AM
  • "Oracle Digital Day hosted across 25 African countries" Biz Community 8:19 AM
  • "Oracle breaks silence to deny 'even considering' buying Accenture" The Register 8:19 AM
  • "Cisco Ends 2016 on Collaboration Market High; Microsoft the Main Challenger" Globe News Wire 8:11 AM
  • "Taiwan in talks with Intel, Cisco to set up IoT centers: report" Focus Taiwan 8:10 AM
  • "Cisco's Security Approach Gaining Traction, Says Cowen" Barron's 8:13 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Imagination Technologies' shares plunge 70 percent after Apple ditches firm" Reuters 3:31 PM
  • "Apple reportedly developing iPhone graphics chips in house: Imagination Technologies, which has been making graphics processors for Apple, saw its share price fall nearly 70 percent after the tech giant cut ties." CNET 8:08 AM
  • "Apple ends deal with Imagination Technologies, share prices tumble" Mashable 8:08 AM
  • "Imagination Tech Shares Plunge as Apple Ends Deal With British Firm" MacRumors 8:08 AM
  • "Imagination Techologies plunges as Apple pulls out of supply deal" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:02 AM
  • "Why Apple Will Reach $200 Sooner Than You Think" Seeking Alpha 3:55 PM
Industry News
  • "Stock market closes lower as investors pump brakes ahead of earnings: Nasdaq briefly touches intraday record, then slips" MarketWatch 4:08 PM
  • "Wall Street Kicks Off Second Quarter on Wrong Foot as Financials Lag" TheStreet 4:08 PM
  • "Wall St Down on Weak Auto Sales, Doubts About Trump Agenda" Reuters 4:07 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Decline After Lackluster Manufacturing Report: A brightening economic outlook helped propel S&P 500 to best quarterly gain since 2015" [Paid Membership Required] 4:07 PM
  • "Germany's DAX ends lower, fades off record close: Stocks across Europe closed with losses Monday, as they start a new quarter with a heavy week of data, including from the European Central Bank." MarketWatch 11:45 AM

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