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Friday Highlights: Lots of reports of the Australian teen hacker who left a folder on Apple's server today in Apple/Macintosh and General News sections; Jonny Evans thinks we need to talk about Steve Jobs, meaning that we need to consider him as more than a two-dimensional stereotype as frequently depicted in the media; Dan Moren analyzes Apple's best media moves, and how Apple's media strategy has benefited its customers; Ars Technica explores 20 years of the iMac, in words and pictures; iDownload Blog offers tips on how to customize keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft Word for the Mac.

  • "Apple market cap tops $800 billion. Is $1 trillion next?"  USA Today 12:17 PM
  • "Apple borrowing billions while sitting on huge overseas cash pile"  San Jose Mercury News [Free Registration Required] 7:36 AM
  • "Apple's remarkable China success lost in earnings translation/Apple has done what virtually no other company has done: figure out how to make money in China. Lots of it." TechRepublic 2:37 PM
  • "Apple Acquires Sleep-Monitoring Company Beddit: Beddit raised at least $8 million from investors including Inventure" [Paid Membership Required] 7:49 AM
  • "Apple buys Finnish sleep tracking app maker Beddit" Reuters 6:40 AM
  • "Apple buys Beddit, a sleep-tracking company with existing Apple Watch app: Could the Apple Watch track your Zs soon?" Ars Technica 8:37 AM
  • "Apple acquires sleep-tracking hardware company Beddit" The Verge 7:21 AM
  • "BREAKING: Apple announces $1 billion data center expansion east of Reno" Reno Gazette-Journal 6:22 PM
  • "Apple announces $1 billion expansion of Reno data center, new shipping warehouse" 9to5Mac 6:22 PM
  • "Apple plans major expansions at Arizona and Nevada data centers" AppleInsider 7:23 PM
  • "Apple Sends Out Media Invites to WWDC 2017" MacTrast 7:42 AM
  • "Mac HandBrake Virus: How to check if your Apple Mac is infected" TrustedReviews 12:11 PM
  • "How to Disable Safari Extensions on Mac" OS X Daily 2:33 PM
  • "How to Prevent Photos and iTunes from Opening Automatically" The Mac Observer 8:29 AM
  • "Keyboard shortcuts are faster than reaching for the mouse" Apple World Today 7:29 AM
Press Releases
  • "Microsoft makes Visual Studio for Mac generally available" ZDNet 12:33 PM
  • "Microsoft launches finished Visual Studio for Mac with support for all Apple platforms" AppleInsider 12:15 PM
  • "Microsoft releases Visual Studio 2017 for Mac following preview" 9to5Mac 12:15 PM
  • "Mafia 3 for Mac Release Date Confirmed - Exclusive Reveal" Mac Gamer HQ 8:56 AM
  • "Opera's new browser comes with WhatsApp and Messenger built in" Engadget 7:43 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Strategy Analytics: Apple iPhone 7 Was World's Best-Selling Smartphone Model in Q1 2017" Business Wire 12:15 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone 7 is best-selling, and iPhone 6S most used, analysts claim" Computerworld 12:34 PM
  • "Apple crushed its competition as iPhone 7 named the most popular smartphone in the world" Mashable 3:41 PM
  • "EU to tackle complaints over tech companies' trading practices" Reuters 12:15 PM
  • "EU planning a new law addressing 'unfair contractual clauses' following Spotify's complaint against Apple" 9to5Mac 7:30 AM
  • "New EU laws could soften Apple's grip on App Store content and revenue" AppleInsider 12:15 PM
  • "Tech's Frightful Five: They've Got Us" ["We are, all of us, in inescapable thrall to one of the handful of American technology companies that now dominate much of the global economy. I speak, of course, of my old friends the Frightful Five: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Alphabet, the parent company of Google."] New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:41 AM
  • "Focus on India: Smartphone Market Analysis" ["Apple accounted for 3% of sales in the most recent period but has recently made several strategic moves in India, including teaming up with Reliance Jio to offer free 4G service for one year to purchasers of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Apple is also planning to manufacture iPhones in India in the near future to deflect some of the high import taxes that make iPhones inaccessible to many Indian buyers."] Kantar Worldpanel 7:38 AM
  • "Amid fight with Apple, Imagination's Series8XT GPU faces challenges: Imagination introduces the PowerVR Series8XT GPU GT8525, but don't expect Apple to tweak it for the next iPhone" IDG News Service 12:12 PM
  • "Apple turned down this design student for a job so he redesigned Apple Music" The Next Web 7:44 AM
  • "Design student imagines really cool new approach to discovery within Apple Music" 9to5Mac 7:31 AM
  • "China's Li visits Apple supplier Foxconn after CEO's White House trip" Reuters 7:49 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: PowerBook G3 gets thinner, lighter and bronze-er" Cult of Mac 8:38 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Xiaomi starts selling handsets in Mexico" ZDNet 8:20 PM
  • "Report: Ban on laptops in planes may expand to Europe/A no-laptops rule might be imposed on flights from Europe to the US." Ars Technica 6:10 PM
  • "Google acquires Owlchemy Labs VR game studio" TechCrunch 4:52 PM
  • "Laptop Ban May Expand to Flights Coming to U.S. From Europe" MacRumors 4:05 PM
  • "Kyocera Embeds Health Sensor Inside Earphones" PC Magazine 12:34 PM
  • "Very few gamers are interested in buying Project Scorpio or PS4 Pro, study finds" The Verge 8:37 AM
  • "Sprint commits to 5G services, devices by late 2019" CNET 7:49 AM
  • "AI to be used by police to assess risk of offending" V3 7:21 AM
  • "With Echo Show, Amazon Seizes The Lead In The Race To Artificial Intelligence" Forbes 7:16 AM
  • "Amazon trounces rivals in battle of the shopping 'bots'" Reuters 6:50 AM
  • "Can Google News use articles for free? Court wrangles take new twist" ZDNet 6:40 AM
  • "Imagining a Siri Smarthome, Apple and Sleep Tracking, and the Real iPhone 8 -ACM 410" The Mac Observer 6:41 PM
  • "#188: Also Called a Phone Call/Amazon's new Echo Show (it's not a podcast), the new Echo messaging and calling features, how we listen to our audio, and the importance of security updates." Relay FM 2:33 PM
  • "Microsoft Invoke and Smart Home Fatigue -TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-10" The Mac Observer 2:22 PM
  • "Urban Armor Gear prepping case for 10.5-inch iPad Pro, with June availability" 9to5Mac 7:30 AM
  • "Questionable case leak may point to Ion-X glass on back of Apple's 'iPhone 7s'" AppleInsider 8:56 AM
  • "Purported '2017" iPhone leak hints at Ion-X back glass" 9to5Mac 12:11 PM
  • "Did the iPhone 8 just leak in a brand new music video?" BGR 7:20 AM
  • "New Render Shows the iPhone 8 We're Likely Getting this Fall" The Mac Observer 12:10 PM
  • "First mobile PowerVR GPU w/ Furian VR/AR suitable for iPhones announced as Apple plans to drop Imagination" 9to5Mac 2:32 PM
  • "Why the Apple LED Cinema Display doesn't work with a Thunderbolt 3 adapter" Macworld 7:28 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:01 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:01 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:01 AM

  • "The FCC has received 128,000 identical anti-net neutrality comments" Ars Technica 2:37 PM
  • "The W3 Stand for Apple Watch practical, fun and affordable" Apple World Today 7:29 AM
  • "I tested Gogo's in-flight Wi-Fi of the future and said goodbye to Netflix buffering: Gogo's internet takes a leap forward, but you don't have to worry about your seatmate's annoying FaceTime calls." Macworld 7:27 AM
  • "iPhone Burst Photos" MacMost 12:11 PM
  • "How to Download Twitter GIFs and Videos on iPad, iPhone" Apple Must 12:11 PM
  • "How to Search Messages on your iOS 10 Device" MacTrast 8:37 AM
  • "Install the AT&T 'Call Protect' app on your iPhone to cut way back on spam calls" AppleInsider 2:32 PM
  • "Why Apple won't ditch Lightning for USB-C on 'iPhone 8'" AppleInsider 5:57 PM
  • "With Mac and PC Designs Mature, Computational Power is Sexier" The Mac Observer 4:53 PM
  • "Here's what pros want from Apple's new modular Mac Pro and display" 9to5Mac 2:32 PM
  • "Apple Plans 'Transport-as-a-Service', Claim" Apple Must 2:21 PM
  • "5 Less Expensive Wireless Alternatives to AirPods" The Mac Observer 12:11 PM
  • "iPhone 8 renders show Apple's next handset in more detail than ever" Cult of Mac 8:37 AM
  • "If the iPhone 8 looks this good, Samsung is in trouble" BGR 8:37 AM
  • "Why Apple Doesn't Have Sales" Mac360 8:30 AM
  • "Apple Slices- Apple News is Picking Up" iPad Insight 8:29 AM
  • "From Apple To Android To Amazon: Where Tracking And Stalking Gets Worse" NoodleMac 8:29 AM
  • "This Is Apple's Best 'Couch Computer' Ever" Mac360 8:28 AM
  • "Trump Shouldn't Believe Apple's Promise to Create More American Jobs" Fortune 7:35 AM
  • "What Should Apple Name Its Next New iPhone?" Forbes 6:57 AM
  • "eXtensions: The Wednesday File (4) -From Q2 2017 towards WWDC" eXtensions 6:52 AM
  • "Why Snap lost more than $2 billion in three months/Short answer: It paid its employees — including CEO Evan Spiegel — $2 billion in stock." Recode 6:36 PM
  • "A new VR and AR standard would set the bar for rewriting reality" The Verge 8:37 AM
  • "Google And Facebook Are Dominant But Not Monopolies" Forbes 6:57 AM
  • "Pearls Before Swine" GoComics 8:44 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple creates Giphy channel to advertise Apple Music content with GIFs" AppleInsider 9:23 PM
  • "Download: The Sims Mobile For iOS And Android Soft Launches, Here's How To Get It Early" Redmond Pie 8:05 PM
  • "PDF Expert 6 Adds Powerful Editing Tools and More" MacStories 8:36 AM
  • "Sonnet Launches Echo™ Express SE III: Compact Three-Slot Expansion Chassis Enables Connection of up to Three High-Performance PCIe® Cards With 2750 MB/s of Bandwidth via Thunderbolt™ 3 Interface" Wall Street Communications 8:29 AM
  • "Apple adds WeberHaus to list of builders offering HomeKit packages" AppleInsider 7:29 AM
  • "Legendary Coffee Experience on iOS, Android, and Windows 10" prMac 7:27 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft touts 500 million Windows 10 devices active monthly" TechCrunch 12:14 PM
  • "Windows 10 installed base hits 500 million: For most tech companies, getting a flagship product onto half a billion devices would be a very big deal. For Microsoft, hitting that milestone with Windows 10 is a slight disappointment." ZDNet 12:34 PM
  • "Microsoft Hits 500-Million-Device Milestone for Windows 10" ExtremeTech 6:10 PM
  • "Microsoft will reimagine Windows 10 PCs as Amazon Echo-like devices for families" The Next Web 7:45 AM
  • "Moving forward, the Store will be the way for Windows 10 users to get Office" Neowin 6:40 PM
  • "Europe's reliance on Microsoft has governments under a worrying digital 'killswitch'" The Next Web 7:45 AM
  • "What to Expect at Microsoft Build" PC Magazine 6:51 AM
  • "Google Chrome won't be allowed on Windows 10 S: Microsoft's newest Windows 10 edition is designed to allow desktop apps that have been converted to packages for the Windows Store. But a provision in the Store policies blocks desktop browsers like Chrome. Is it about security, or something else?" ZDNet 7:40 AM
  • "Any browser coming to Windows 10 S will have to use the EdgeHTML rendering engine" BetaNews 7:39 AM
  • "Microsoft is extending Azure IoT to the edge of the network" TechCrunch 4:52 PM
  • "Oracle Class Sues Ellison, Others Over $9.3B NetSuite Deal" Law360 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:03 AM
  • "Oracles faces lawsuit over $9.3 billion acquisition of Netsuite" ["Oracle CEO Larry Ellison was an early investor in Netsuite, and owned about 40 percent of the company's stock at the time of its sale. Although he didn't vote on the deal, the lawsuit filed by Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority claims Oracle executives who pushed for the acquisition were too close to Ellison to negotiate a more aggressive price, Law360 reports."] Silicon Valley Business Journal 9:03 AM
  • "What went wrong at IBM? Its 'master plan' has failed to deliver...: IBM had high expectations when Warren Buffett started buying its shares in 2011. But so far it has failed to deliver, and both turnover and profits are lower than they were back then, not higher." ZDNet 7:41 AM
  • "$4 billion stock sale suggests Warren Buffett's love affair with IBM is over" ZDNet 7:40 AM
  • "Beyond the fingerprint: IBM bolsters enterprise app security with behavioral biometrics" TechRepublic 2:37 PM
  • "IBM updates PowerAI to make deep learning more accessible" ZDNet 6:40 AM
  • "HP Introduces Business-Oriented Elite x2 1012 G2 Detachable Tablet" Digital Trends 7:37 AM
  • "HP's new Elite x2 might as well be the Surface Pro 5 that Microsoft won't sell" Mashable 7:29 AM
  • "HP's Elite x2 1012 G2 Refresh Is A Kaby Lake Powered Surface Pro 4 Killer" HotHardware 5:30 PM
  • "HPE hasn't abandoned OpenStack, releases Helion OpenStack 5.0" ZDNet 7:56 PM
  • "Intel developing new technologies and hardware for AI applications" DigiTimes 7:50 AM
  • "Nvidia's new Volta-based DGX-1 supercomputer puts 400 servers in a box" IDG News Service 2:32 PM
  • "NVIDIA Unveils Beastly Tesla V100 Powered By Volta GPU With 5120 CUDA Cores And 16GB HBM2" HotHardware 5:50 PM
  • "Nvidia and SAP use AI to spot brand appearances in the real world" VentureBeat 2:36 PM
  • "Toyota is using Nvidia's car supercomputer for its autonomous vehicles" VentureBeat 2:36 PM
  • "Nvidia's Isaac makes it easier to build and train intelligent robots" VentureBeat 3:41 PM
  • "Are Advanced Micro Devices' Innovations Paying Off?" Market Realist 8:38 AM
  • "Dell Launches A Machine-Learning Platform For Women Entrepreneurs" Forbes 4:05 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple's now valued $270bn more than Microsoft, $145bn more than Alphabet" Memeburn 7:28 AM
  • "Chart Of The Day: Apple and the also rans" Apple 3.0 7:16 AM
  • "Apple Breaks Out Higher, but Is It Overbought?" Investopedia 7:49 AM
  • "Legendary investor Bill Miller is killing it, thanks to bet on Apple" CNBC 2:36 PM
  • "UBS spoke to 2 tech wizards about where Apple stock will go from here" Business Insider 9:41 AM
Industry News
  • "Nasdaq closes at record for 4th straight day as Dow slips in FBI firing aftermath: Priceline, Disney, Fossil, Yelp among the biggest decliners" MarketWatch 3:49 PM
  • "Comey Shock Rattles Wall Street; Best Day of Year for Crude Drives Energy Gains" TheStreet 3:49 PM
  • "Wall Street Mixed after Trump Fires FBI head; Nasdaq Hits Record High" Reuters 3:48 PM
  • "Dow Slides on Hits From Disney, Boeing: Financial markets are showing a muted reaction to the unexpected firing of FBI chief James Comey" [Paid Membership Required] 3:48 PM
  • "Japan's Nikkei advances as investors mull earnings: Hang Seng hits 21-month high" MarketWatch 8:32 AM
  • "European stocks back away from 21-month high: AXA to take U.S. life-insurance unit public" MarketWatch 8:32 AM

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