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Wednesday Highlights: Apple facing opposition in Australia over plans to build mega-store as group seeks to have site get heritage protection; Jason Snell explains why it is a "huge win" for Apple to get Photoshop on iOS; Apple Gazette on the very real threat of ransomware on the Mac; ever wondered how Time Machine does its thing?; Facebook's troubles aren't over, report that nearly 1/4th of Apple employees plan to dump their accounts, and now advertisers accuse the social network of witholding fact video ads aren't being watched in order to keep them paying for such advertisements; Google's Pixel 3 uses pioneering camera tech; Apple announces this Friday as start of iPhone Xr pre-orders.

  • "Apple makes $1B commitment toward more US manufacturing jobs" Associated Press 9:46 PM
  • "Apple to create $1B 'advanced manufacturing fund' in US"  AppleInsider 5:58 PM
  • "Tim Cook announces Apple's new $1 billion advanced manufacturing fund to promote US job creation" 9to5Mac 5:58 PM
  • "Tim Cook says Apple is investing $1 billion in US manufacturing: Potentially to win favor with Trump" The Verge 6:59 PM
  • "Why Apple's Services business is so valuable: $7 billion last quarter alone."  Recode 7:31 AM
  • "Apple posts surprise dip in iPhone sales, shares fall" Reuters 6:42 AM
  • "Apple: wobbly platform" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:15 AM
  • "Apple looks to face down Watch critics" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:15 AM
  • "The Apple Watch business is way bigger than you think" Cult of Mac 3:45 PM
  • "iPhone slow down hints Apple's transition has begun" Computerworld 9:06 AM
  • "Apple CFO says the company 'set a new revenue record' selling to businesses — but the details are vague" Business Insider 3:23 PM
  • "Kings and dragons drive Apple in China, even as iPhone sales stall" Reuters 12:26 PM
  • "Apple's China sales continue to decay as once promising market becomes a drag on earnings" VentureBeat 7:37 AM
  • "6 key takeaways from Apple's Q2 2017 earnings call: This year's extra-long iPhone rumor cycle is affecting demand, and five other things we learned from Tim Cook and Co." Macworld 6:47 AM
  • "Apple expands App Analytics developer information with new referral & source data" 9to5Mac 6:34 PM
  • "Apple Opens up App Store Referral Data to Developers" The Mac Observer 8:28 PM
  • "All your Googles are belong to us: Look out for the Google Docs phishing worm" Ars Technica 3:45 PM
  • "Google Docs Scam Spreading Fast: What You Need to Know" LAPTOP Magazine 3:37 PM
  • "Google Docs users hit with sophisticated phishing attack" The Verge 3:36 PM
  • "Warning: Be very careful when someone emails you a Google Doc link — it could be malware" Business Insider 3:23 PM
  • "Apple blocks comms-snooping malware" The Register 7:46 AM
  • "Final Cut Pro X: How to track objects using animated text callouts¬†[Video] 9to5Mac 6:21 PM
  • "Want to recover a FileVault-encrypted drive without a recovery key? You're out of luck" Macworld 7:29 AM
  • "How to download and install macOS Server" iMore 3:46 PM
  • "Freshly Squeezed Reviews: A Mac Drawn To A Magnet" YMP Now 3:15 PM
  • "How to Require a Password to Wake Your Mac from Sleep or Screen Saver" The Mac Observer 8:10 AM
  • "How to Use YouTube Parental Controls with Restricted Mode" OS X Daily 3:36 PM
  • "Using the iTunes Up Next List" MacMost 11:42 AM
  • "Damage"["No company has done as much damage to the perceived value of software, and the sustainability of being an independent developer, as Apple."] Matt Gemmell 5:43 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook to Speak With Jim Cramer on CNBC's Mad Money Tonight" MacRumors 12:04 PM
  • "Tim Cook talks AAPL earnings, the future of TV, and more in CNBC interview" CNBC 9:47 PM
  • "Apple Watch helped CEO Tim Cook lose 30 pounds" AppleInsider 8:46 PM
  • "Apple reportedly keeping app affiliate rate at 7%, dropping in-app purchase rate to 2.5%" 9to5Mac 8:45 PM
  • "Sprint CEO on iPhone sales: I don't understand why everybody gets so concerned" ["'IPhones are selling. Right now we have a great promotion on iPhones. And iPhone has a tremendously loyal base. And when the new iPhone comes out (there is) going to be another record at least from the Sprint side,'"] CNBC 10:53 AM
  • "Strategy Analytics: Apple Dips as Global Smartphone Shipments Hit 353 Million in Q1 2017" Business Wire 3:26 PM
  • "Apple likely to cap memory in next iPhones due to DRAM price hikes: Analyst firm Trendforce predicts the memory capacity in iPhone 8 models will be capped at 3GB" IDG News Service 3:24 PM
  • "Apple Pay Transactions Climb A Hefty 450%" Apple Must 9:57 AM
  • "Volkswagen makes iPhone internal standard, Capital One adopts Mac & Apple Watch" AppleInsider 10:40 AM
  • "Samsung's Bixby disses Apple's Siri in voice assistant rap battle" Memeburn 7:28 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Mac's first 100 days prove a roaring success" Cult of Mac 8:14 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook profit surges 76.6 percent as ad sales jump" Reuters 3:58 PM
  • "Facebook hiring 3,000 people to review violent Live videos: With murders, suicides and beatings broadcasted on Facebook's Live platform, Mark Zuckerberg is ramping up efforts for a safer community." CNET 10:00 AM
  • "Assembly line robots vulnerable to hacking" BetaNews 8:19 AM
  • "For Sprint, promotions can't erase a poor service reputation: Despite aggressive discounts compared with its rivals, Sprint saw a decline in a key segment for subscribers." CNET 8:00 AM
  • "Samsung joins the self-driving car race as it preps for testing in South Korea" The Next Web 7:11 AM
  • "Researchers can manipulate 3D objects using just a webcam and this little cube" The Verge 6:47 AM
  • "Dr. Mac on Procrastinating, Touch-Screen Macs, and Siri at Home -ACM 409" The Mac Observer 5:27 PM
  • "Apple's Q2 Earnings Report, Microsoft Surface Laptop -TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-03" The Mac Observer 3:15 PM
  • "Autodesk Explains Project Quantum—And Why It Matters in AEC" Architosh 3:15 PM
  • "Tim Cook says Apple is 'investing aggressively' in the future of the Mac" AppleInsider 3:39 PM
  • "Inventec to produce AI-based smart home products for Apple, says paper"  DigiTimes 6:49 AM
  • "Apple's new Siri speaker reportedly just got the green light" BGR 8:01 AM
  • "Inventec allegedly tapped for Apple's rumored standalone Siri speaker product" AppleInsider 8:19 AM
  • "AirPods manufacturer Inventec reportedly lands orders for Apple's rumored Echo rival" iDownload Blog 10:43 AM
  • "iPhone 8 may not arrive until next year" The Next Web 7:11 AM
  • "iPhone 8 Unlikely to Support Gigabit LTE Speeds Like the Samsung Galaxy S8" iPhone Hacks 11:24 AM
  • "Rumor: iOS 11 And macOS 10.13 To Feature New Automator App Based On Recently Acquired Workflow" Redmond Pie 12:08 PM
Apple Patent Applications
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:08 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:08 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:08 AM

  • "Galaxy S8 vs. iPhone 7 Plus: Is 1 camera better than 2? Find out how Samsung's one lens wonder stacks up to Apple's dual-lensed giant in our photo comparison." CNET 7:46 AM
  • "Does the Galaxy S8 take better photos than the iPhone 7 Plus?" [Slideshow] CNET 7:46 AM
  • "Audeze iSINE 10 planar magnetic in-ear headphones review" The Gadgeteer 11:23 AM
  • "Aukey WatchTower review: Low-cost connected security done mostly easy" iMore 10:43 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Obduction review: The makers of Myst get back in the game/This game's artful world-building and fun puzzles ultimately outweigh its technical glitches." Macworld 8:14 AM
  • "How to fix the Google Docs scam if you've already been hacked" BGR 6:46 PM
  • "How to unlock your iPhone before selling it" iMore 3:46 PM
  • "How To Check For iOS Malware On iPhone" Redmond Pie 3:45 PM
  • "How to Read a Message in iMessage for iPhone without the Sender Knowing You Saw it" iPhone Hacks 11:00 AM
  • "How to update the firmware on your AirPods" iMore 9:15 AM
  • "How to record your iPhone or iPad's screen" iMore 8:09 AM
  • "iOS: Assisted GPS and Why iPhone GPS Can't Be Perfect All the Time" The Mac Observer 3:59 PM
  • "What to Do if Your iPhone Gets Lost or Stolen" Apple Must 3:15 PM
  • "watchOS: Don't Automatically Install Apple Watch Apps" The Mac Observer 3:15 PM
  • "Life-altering proTip: You Can Backspace On The iPhone Calculator!!!!" The Next Web 7:38 AM
  • "Apple Will Launch $1 Billion Investment Fund for Advanced Manufacturing" The Mac Observer 9:48 PM
  • "Apple May No Longer Be Innovative But That's Okay"  Forbes 3:25 PM
  • "Gene Munster Says Don't Worry About iPhone Sales Drop" Bloomberg Video 10:53 AM
  • "Should Apple buy Disney? Tesla? The Raiders?"  CNNMoney 10:53 AM
  • "Dispelling the Apple Services Myth"  MacStories 10:41 AM
  • "Cry us a river: Tim Cook blames iPhone rumors for iPhone sales problems" Mashable 10:41 AM
  • "No iPhone user can even imagine dealing with what Android users have to tolerate" BGR 9:56 AM
  • "Feature Request: Create a quick & easy method to transfer FaceTime calls between devices" 9to5Mac 9:31 AM
  • "How Apple's New iPhone Gets Bigger And Smaller" TeraTalks 9:06 AM
  • "Meet Microsoft's New MacBook Killer" Mac360 9:06 AM
  • "Despite Good Results Given Seasonal Headwinds, The Negativity And Hand-Wringing On Apple Continues" Forbes 8:19 AM
  • "Apple And The Internet's HOV Lane" NoodleMac 8:12 AM
  • "Apple Takes A Hit On iPhone 7 Sales, iPhone 8 May Be Worth Waiting For" Forbes 8:09 AM
  • "Apple TV, Meet Cable TV, Circa 1989" Mac 360 7:55 AM
  • "Tim Cook Blames 'Pause' in iPhone 7 Purchases on iPhone 8 Rumors" iClarified 7:33 AM
  • "Here's why iPhone sales slowdown may be good for Apple" Cult of Mac 7:32 AM
  • "iPhone 7 Sales Cool Faster than Expected" Thurrott 7:32 AM
  • "WWDC wish list: What we'd like to see from watchOS 4/The Apple Watch is already the king of the smartwatch mountain, but a few software tweaks would make it even better." Macworld 7:28 AM
  • "What to expect with the iPhone 8" CNNMoney 7:16 AM
  • "Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple: Who makes your cut?" CNET 7:12 AM
  • "Windows 10 S Won't Let You Change The Default Browser Or Search Engine" Daring Fireball 5:19 PM
  • "Rise of the AI fashion police: Can bots really help you dress better?" The Verge 8:14 AM
  • "Services like Spotify and Etsy need block buttons to curb abuse" Mashable 7:27 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Brookfield Residential Offers Apple HomeKit Standard in New Neighborhoods" PRNewswire 3:27 PM
  • "Furthering its commitment to mobile innovation, Brother announces the addition of Apple MFi™ to its entire mobile printer lineup" Business Wire 3:27 PM
  • "Full Size Zero-Travel Touch Keyboard Concept For MacBook Pro Not So Far-Fetched – The 'Book Mystique" MacPrices 12:10 PM
  • "Best Waterproof Bags for iPhone" iMore 10:45 AM
  • "OWC wins NAB 2017 Best Of Show Award For Thunderbolt 3 Dock With 13 Ports -- Most Powerful Owc Connectivity Solution At The Fastest Speeds For Laptops & Other Devices For Business & Creative Professionals" Thomas PR 10:30 AM
  • "Econ Technologies Announces MacTech Pro Events National Sponsorship" Econ Technologies 9:54 AM
  • "Sprint offers free LTE signal booster to homes & businesses to double data speeds" 9to5Mac 9:15 AM
  • "Where to Buy Apple AirPods Without a Long Delay" AppAdvice 8:14 AM
  • "LG's giant 42.5" monitor is a productivity monster, squeezes four screens on one display" TechRepublic 8:14 AM
  • "Hulu with Live TV app lands on App Store" iLounge 9:57 AM
  • "'Hulu With Live TV' Appears on App Store, Includes FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN, and More" MacRumors 8:01 AM
  • "Excon Fuji Securities Report Apple's Cash Reserve Stands at $256 Billion" PRNewswire 7:53 AM
  • "Quetzal POS Certifies Wide Range of Epson Receipt Printers for its Completely Redesigned iPad POS" PRNewswire 7:53 AM
  • "Lufthansa Group Creates a Better Travel Experience with IBM MobileFirst for iOS" IBM 7:52 AM
  • "OSMC brings WiFi back to life on the original Apple TV" iMore 7:38 AM
  • "Logitech's iPad Keyboard Case Will Last Four Years On A Single Battery Charge" Digital Trends 7:37 AM
  • "Popular AutoRunner 'Chameleon Run' Available for Free via the Apple Store App" MacTrast 7:31 AM
  • "Apple Pay Launches for HSBC in Australia, Adds 22 New U.S. Banks" MacTrast 7:31 AM
  • "MacAdmins Conference Announces 2017 Schedule and Pricing" prMac 8:19 AM
  • "Chat4us - Chat Stories 11: Entertaining Tales Told as Text Messages" prMac 6:47 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's master plan for Windows is getting pushed to its limits" Business Insider 3:24 PM
  • "Nadella Says Microsoft Will Make More Windows Phones But They'll Be Totally Different" HotHardware 5:19 PM
  • "Microsoft, Oracle sued: Tech duo accused of trampling DB patents" The Register 7:46 AM
  • "Surface Laptop is Microsoft's Most Important Surface Release Ever (Premium)" Thurrott 7:47 AM
  • "Microsoft Corporation Is Trying to Resurrect Windows-on-ARM" The Motley Fool 12:04 PM
  • "Microsoft is forcing Windows 10 S users to rely on Edge and Bing by default" The Next Web 7:10 AM
  • "Nadella: 'We'll make more phones, but they will not look like phones that are there today.'" MSPoweruser 7:59 AM
  • "Microsoft HoloLens inventor: 'The phone is already dead'" CNBC 3:24 PM
  • "Microsoft takes aim at Chrome OS with a new, and very necessary, education push: Redmond now has the tools to take on the Chrome OS threat." Ars Technica 8:31 PM
  • "Microsoft, IBM May Get New Scrutiny From China" Investopedia 3:23 PM
  • "Microsoft invests in Agolo, a startup that's fighting information overload with automated summarizations" VentureBeat 7:38 AM
  • "Microsoft just invested millions in a startup based on a key Google technology" Business Insider 3:24 PM
  • "IBM Between the Cloud and a Hard Place, Says Moody's" Barron's 3:23 PM
  • "IBM to snap up remnants of Verizon's cloud, managed hosting business: After bowing out of the public cloud last year, Verizon is now shedding its private cloud offerings." ZDNet 6:41 AM
  • "Verizon sells its private cloud and managed hosting businesses to IBM" TechCrunch 3:38 PM
  • "Shots fired: IBM and Red Hat vote 'no' on Project Jigsaw, may cause delays for Java 9" Jaxenter 8:07 AM
  • "IBM Urges Consumers to Destroy USB Drives it Shipped with Malware" SpamFighter 8:08 AM
  • "IBM Warns Customers After Shipping Them Infected USB Drives" Forbes 3:25 PM
  • "IBM XPrize Fund Challenges Perception and Abilities of AI for $5 Million in Prizes" Digital Trends 3:44 PM
  • "Dell Sounds Alarm On Employee Data Practices" PYMNTS 7:57 AM
  • "HP and Microsoft launch coworking hub for SMBs" Business Mirror 7:58 AM
  • "Acer and HP announce new Windows 10 S notebooks priced at $299" digit 7:57 AM
  • "HP bets big on A3 printer mkt in India" PTI 7:58 AM
  • "Samsung could beat Intel to become the world's largest chipset maker in Q2 2017: Report" BGR India 8:06 AM
  • "Intel 's bid for new chip manufacturing plant could bring hundreds of jobs" Leinster Leader 8:05 AM
  • "Intel granted planning permission for Leixlip site" RTÉ 8:05 AM
  • "Intel and BMW's autonomous cars hit the road" Engadget 3:45 PM
  • "AMD Radeon RX Vega Leaked 3DMark TimeSpy Score Suggests Vega Performance Will Go Head-To-Head With GTX 1070" Korea Portal 8:03 AM
  • "AMD Vega And Naples Will Release This Quarter, Confirms AMD" Korea Portal 8:03 AM
  • "Cisco's 2017 Acquisitions Hit $4.3 Billion: Cisco more recently agreed to acquire Viptela for $610 million, which will enhance the recurring revenue stream." Barron's 12:08 PM
  • "Cisco Develops Country Digitization Analytics Platform for Mexico Conectado" IT News Online 7:56 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Wall Street dismisses Apple's March quarter as minor speed bump, price targets raised at UBS & Cowen" AppleInsider 9:59 AM
  • "One analyst says look past Apple earnings and look ahead to the iPhone 8" Business Insider 10:43 AM
  • "How Far Could an Apple Pullback Go -- Technical Levels You Need to Know" TheStreet 9:56 AM
  • "Apple Q2 Earnings and Revenues Beat, Increase Y/Y" Zacks 9:31 AM
  • "Here's what Wall Street analysts are saying about Apple's results" Business Insider 7:41 AM
  • "Early analyst reactions suggest AAPL optimism despite missed expectations & weakish guidance" 9to5Mac 6:48 AM
  • "Weak iPhone sales hit shares of Europe's Apple suppliers" Reuters 6:40 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market ends little changed as Fed stands pat on interest rates: Dow ekes out gain; Apple ends with small loss" MarketWatch 3:59 PM
  • "Fed Says First-Quarter Slowdown 'Transitory;' S&P 500, Nasdaq Close Slightly Lower" TheStreet 3:59 PM
  • "Wall St Slips as Fed Holds on Rates; Financials Rise" Reuters 3:58 PM
  • "Stocks Little Changed as Fed Stands Pat: Materials shares in the S&P 500 fell, weighed down by a sharp decline in copper prices" [Paid Membership Required] 3:58 PM
  • "With major Asian markets closed, Australian stocks retreat: Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea indexes closed for holidays" MarketWatch 7:50 AM
  • "European stocks fall from 20-month high ahead of GDP data, Fed decision: Novo Nordisk rallies after earnings beat views" MarketWatch 7:50 AM

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