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Wednesday Highlights: New York Times explains Apple's ability to survive and thrive "in a season of tech scandals"; Slate's feature investigates Apple News' ability to give exposure to publishers, but inability (thus far) to deliver the money; Tim Bajarin peers into Apple's future innovation; Ken Segall's article is must-read as he takes Apple to task over "needlessly complicated" iPhone naming scheme; Apple quickly fixes Safari search results after finding suggested results pointed to debunked conspiracy theories; Google backtracks on Chrome's auto sign-in after outcry; here's a list of known bugs in Mojave; Mark Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, talks Apple on CNBC; Nate Lanxon's Apple Watch awoke him at 3AM with a serious heart alert; iPhone screen time controls already being bypassed by kids as young as 7; CNNMoney, Ars Technica review Apple Watch Series 4; Macworld benchmarks iPhone XS and XS Max.

  • "20 Apple Employees Caught Selling Customer Data in China: They were using Apple's own internal computer system to gather the information before selling it on in a scam worth $7.3 million." PC Magazine 9:57 AM
  • "The alleged theft and sale of Apple customers' private data has led to 22 arrests in China" Quartz 4:09 PM
  • "'I'm Not Sure I Understand'—How Apple's Siri Lost Her Mojo: Nimble competitors developed new voice-powered products for the home while Apple remained focused on its phone" [Paid Membership Required] 6:53 AM
  • "Report: Siri Hobbled by Apple's Obsession with User Privacy" ExtremeTech 4:09 PM
  • "Apple's Curse May Be The Success of The iPhone" ["But it's unlikely that the HomePod or other new products are likely to move the needle much for Apple. While the company that Steve Jobs built is famous for a broad array of interconnected products, it's often overlooked that Apple is extraordinarily dependent on one device for its sales and profits: the iPhone."]  Investopedia 6:59 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook shares photos from MIT tour ahead of commencement speech" AppleInsider 8:32 PM
  • "Apple opens up HomeKit development with software authentication & looser licensing" AppleInsider 6:54 AM
  • "Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 32 With New Features for Safari 11 in macOS High Sierra" MacRumors 12:21 PM
  • "DirecTV Now Dropping Support for Safari on the Mac Starting July 1st" The Mac Observer 8:40 AM
  • "First look at Apple's external GPU developer's kit for the macOS High Sierra beta" AppleInsider 9:04 PM
  • "macOS High Sierra FAQ: Everything you need to know!" iMore 8:24 PM
  • "Hands on: macOS High Sierra packs tons of surprising features" Cult of Mac 2:42 PM
  • "How to create a macOS 10.13 High Sierra USB Installer" iDownload Blog 12:22 PM
  • "How to restart your Mac remotely" Macworld 7:19 AM
  • "How to test your RAM's integrity with MemTest86" iDownload Blog 7:02 AM
  • "How to create your own private messages service with macOS Server!" iMore 8:30 AM
  • "macOS: Revoking FileVault Access for Individual Accounts" The Mac Observer 7:48 AM
  • "Using the Slow Keys Accessibility Feature" MacMost 9:53 AM
  • "Google's Chrome: 'If You Can't Beat 'em, Join 'em" Mac 360 9:54 AM
Press Releases
  • "Product Manager 2.1.2 to manage company products on Mac from different standpoints." InformationWeek 8:15 AM
  • "Combin Tool - a collective wisdom of Instagram experts and developers" prMac 6:53 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "IBM, Sesame Workshops reveal AI & Apple iPad child literacy plan" Computerworld 6:53 AM
  • "Developer Behind Pokemon Go Backs Apple's Push Into AR" Bloomberg 7:26 AM
  • "Apple TV gets cozy with Amazon Prime, so where does that leave Netflix? Apple's ambitious TV guide still lacks the biggest source of subscription streaming video." TechHive 6:58 AM
  • "HomePod, Echo, Google Home: How secure are your speakers?" CNET 7:33 AM
  • "Andy Rubin wants to disrupt the Apple-Samsung 'duopoly': The father of Android hopes to use his new startup Essential to inject some new innovation into phones." CNET 7:08 AM
  • "Factories Won't Bring Back the American Dream: The U.S. is already a manufacturing powerhouse, no matter what the president says." BloombergBusinessweek 7:26 AM
  • "Apple's latest ad explains why our planet is so important" Business Insider 6:53 AM
  • "Apple's latest iPhone ad is a love note to Earth" The Verge 7:05 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: 13-inch MacBook Pro makes power more portable" Cult of Mac 8:30 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "SoftBank Agrees to Buy Robot Maker Boston Dynamics From Google Parent Alphabet" Bloomberg 9:05 PM
  • "Amazon kills off unlimited cloud storage option for Amazon Drive" BetaNews 7:02 AM
  • "Huawei will leapfrog Apple and HP to lead the PC market in five years, top exec says" CNBC 6:59 AM
  • "The Talk Show: 'Crack Marketing Team' — Live From WWDC 2017 With Phil Schiller And Craig Federighi" Daring Fireball 5:33 PM
  • "The Critical Path #201: Like a Costco Pickle Jar: Horace and Carolina Milanese discuss WWDC 2017 minutes after the Keynote and Hands-on with the new products." asymco 11:50 AM
  • "iMac and iMac Pro Under the Hood -TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-08" The Mac Observer 11:48 AM
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 123 | WWDC 2017" 9to5Mac 11:07 AM
  • "The Vergecast reports back from WWDC" The Verge 10:03 AM
  • "The harsh reality of Apple's augmented reality toolset ARKit: It's an incredible battery hog"  The Register 7:07 AM
  • "iOS 11"s new 'Password Autofill for Apps' won't work with (or replace) your favorite password manager" TechCrunch 12:22 PM
  • "iOS 11 means you never have to remember app passwords again: Finally, Apple's password manager expands outside Safari." CNET 7:08 AM
  • "Apple's new MacBook Pro: Tests say it's up to 20 percent faster than 2016 model" ZDNet 7:32 AM
  • "Delays in Apple's supply chain mean the newest iPhone might be late" Business Insider 10:46 AM
  • "Apple's next major display innovation is coming soon, but not to the iPhone" BGR 7:03 AM
  • "Holy Mother of Mac, the 2017 iMac Is Upgradable" iFixit 11:50 AM
  • "Hell freezes over: You can now upgrade your Mac at home" ZDNet 7:19 AM
  • "Apple finally adds upgradeable CPU and RAM on 4K iMac" Cult of Mac 2:07 PM
  • "Novatek to ship LCD driver ICs to LG for iPhone in 2018, says report" DigiTimes 7:20 AM
  • "OWC Confirms New Low-End 27-inch iMac Can Be Fitted With 64GB RAM" MacRumors 7:05 AM
  • "The 6 best new features in iOS 11" The Verge 7:09 AM
  • "A new 3D Mapping Invention from Apple could be used in connection to a Future UI that Recognizes Gestures" Patently Apple 7:05 AM
  • "Apple patent hints at energy-saving techniques for its Handoff feature" Apple World Today 8:15 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "New MacBook Pro and iMac Models Available Today at Apple Stores" MacRumors 10:39 AM
  • "10.5" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:14 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:14 AM

  • "Teardowns find Apple's 2017 MacBook & MacBook Pro models virtually unchanged in design" ["The biggest design change, in fact, is that the 12-inch MacBook now uses a second-generation butterfly keyboard like the one in 2016 Pros, repair firm iFixit said. The tweak should make keys more responsive."] AppleInsider 9:29 PM
  • "The Best USB-C MacBook and Laptop Chargers" The Wirecutter 9:28 PM
  • "Listening to HomePod" The Loop 7:42 PM
  • "Apple's HomePod Looks Beautiful But Doesn't Think Different" Wired 9:56 AM
  • "HomePod first impressions: Lots of unknowns, but its sound is impressive" Macworld 6:58 AM
  • "iMac Intel 21.5" Retina 4K Display 2017 Teardown" iFixit 6:58 AM
  • "Here's How Apple's New MacBook Pro Compares to Last Year's Model" MacRumors 3:25 PM
  • "Hands-on: GoPro's 360-degree 5.2K Fusion VR camera" AppleInsider 2:07 PM
  • "Review: V-Moda Forza Metallo Wireless Headphones" iLounge 11:51 AM
  • "GoPower Watch a seamless, portable charger for the Apple Watch" Apple World Today 6:55 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iOS 11's Coolest New Features in GIFs" iPhone Hacks 7:38 PM
  • "10 iOS 11 Features Apple Copied From Jailbreak Apps and Tweaks" iPhone Hacks 7:38 PM
  • "Hands-On With iOS 11"s Revamped, Customizable Control Center" MacRumors 4:05 PM
  • "Inside iOS 11: App Store renovation for iPhone, iPad clearly Apple Music inspired" AppleInsider 8:30 AM
  • "Inside watchOS 4: Use NFC to pair the Apple Watch with an iPhone" AppleInsider 2:07 PM
  • "How will iMessage payments stack up to Square Cash and Venmo?" The Verge 12:22 PM
  • "How to enable screen recording on iOS 11 without a computer" 9to5Mac 10:46 AM
  • "See how Apple Pay person-to-person payments will work in iOS 11" AppleInsider 10:03 AM
  • "How to use Instant Markup in iOS 11" iMore 7:09 AM
  • "AirPods automatically pair with Apple TV starting with tvOS 11" 9to5Mac 12:22 PM
  • "Apple is moving the location of the volume indicator in iOS 11" Mashable 11:52 AM
  • "iOS 11 Streamlines Creation of Custom Apple Watch Faces With New Share Sheet Option in Photos" MacRumors 11:52 AM
  • "iOS 11 Drag And Drop Feature Works On iPhone Too" Redmond Pie 10:03 AM
  • "iOS 11 Introduces Two New Screen Effects Within Messages Called 'Echo' and 'Spotlight'" MacRumors 10:01 AM
  • "Why your iPhone photos look so bad: You don't need an expensive camera to take epic photos. The phone in your pocket will do just fine. Here are 10 ways to shoot the best photos from your phone with Ray Wong!" [Video] Mashable 10:01 AM
  • "Would You Sacrifice User Privacy for a 'Better' Siri Experience?" iPhone Hacks 7:38 PM
  • "iOS 11 Tries to Balance Privacy and Fraud-Prevention, Could Affect Used iPhones" The Mac Observer 4:03 PM
  • "The 11 Best Features Coming to iOS 11" OS X Daily 3:19 PM
  • "Buy a New Apple iMac or Wait for iMac Pro? Apple's iMac finally features Kaby Lake processors and Thunderbolt 3, but later this year the workstation-class iMac Pro arrives. Is it time to upgrade now or wait?" PC Magazine 2:20 PM
  • "Apple Wants To Reinvent Home Audio, Whilst Giving You More Control Over Your Home" RazMag 2:07 PM
  • "Apple just gave a big sign it's listening to Mac power users" Business Insider 2:07 PM
  • "Hey, Apple! Thunderbolt isn't the answer to everything" Cult of Mac 2:06 PM
  • "All of a Sudden, I Want All of Apple's New Hardware" The Mac Observer 2:03 PM
  • "AppleCare+ for Mac: Accidental Damage Protection for a Price" The Mac Observer 12:39 PM
  • "Apple: When are you going to fix Siri?" Apple 3.0 10:45 AM
  • "Comment: Siri and HomePod will likely remain behind competing IAs, but there's a reason for that" 9to5Mac 9:57 AM
  • "Let's talk about the iPhone 8, which might make one of the worst design compromises we've ever seen" BGR 9:55 AM
  • "If Apple Is Listening, Is Steve Jobs Watching?" PixoBebo 9:54 AM
  • "New Apple Feature Secretly Hints At Exciting Future For Apple TV" Forbes 9:41 AM
  • "Apple's Kitchen Table Product Line" McSolo 9:41 AM
  • "MacBook vs. MacBook Pro: Same Price, Which Is Better?" PC Magazine 8:40 AM
  • "Comment: Apple took a note from Moto and added a QR reader to the camera, and now everyone else needs to follow" 9to5Google 8:30 AM
  • "Here's why Apple's Siri may be lagging behind Amazon Alexa and Google" CNBC 8:30 AM
  • "Amazon exec says Siri & Alexa should be able to talk to each other, HomePod not a huge threat" 9to5Mac 8:01 AM
  • "Can the New iPad Pro Replace My Laptop? Not Quite" PC Magazine 7:09 AM
  • "Apple confronts Trump climate agenda during NBA finals/Commentary: Taking a rare political angle, Apple runs an ad, written and narrated by Carl Sagan, that says no one can help us but ourselves." CNET 7:07 AM
  • "Apple's Upgrades to Location and Photo Privacy Features Are Pretty Great" Gizmodo 7:03 AM
  • "Cassandra: Apple Staff Alleged to be Selling User Data in China -Comment" eXtensions 6:56 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • " Memory Upgrades Allow Users to Maximize iMac 27" 2017 Performance" PRNewswire 2:09 PM
  • "U.S. Cellular to Offer All-New 10.5-inch iPad Pro and New 12.9-inch iPad Pro" Business Wire 2:09 PM
  • "Pocket Kingdom finally launches next week" 148Apps 12:22 PM
  • "After Onstage Demo at WWDC 2015, Epic Games' 'Fortnite' Will Officially Launch on Mac This July" MacRumors 10:45 AM
  • "ResearchKit gets big update that allows it to gather new types of data" Cult of Mac 8:29 AM
  • "Reaction Cam for iOS: send a link to a friend and it asks to start recording their reaction as soon as they open the App. Recorded reactions can then be sent back to the person who asked you to react, or shared on social media." ReactionCam 8:18 AM
  • "WWDC 2017: Autodesk Ready to Rock New Apple iOS 11 Workflow Features" Architosh 8:15 AM
  • "The Zombie Apocalypse Has Arrived: 'Dead Age' now available on Android and iOS" Headup Games 7:31 AM
  • "Logitech launches two new gaming headsets -- G433 and G233" BetaNews 7:02 AM
  • "Rooster 1.0 - Wake on LAN for Apple TV" prMac 8:29 AM
  • "WaterField iPad Pro Gear Case: Customized for Apple Pencil, Accessories" prMac 6:53 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft acquires Israeli security firm Hexadite, sources say for $100M" TechCrunch 11:50 AM
  • "Microsoft is acquiring Hexadite, to help 'deliver a new generation of security capabilities'" Neowin 10:12 AM
  • "Microsoft Acquires Cybersecurity Firm Hexadite For AI Based Threat Detection" HotHardware 5:16 PM
  • "Microsoft unveils a lot of big changes for Windows 10" The Verge 9:28 PM
  • "Sneaky hackers use Intel management tools to bypass Windows firewall" Ars Technica 9:28 PM
  • "What is Microsoft's mysterious new DirectReality?" The Verge 7:02 AM
  • "Microsoft trademark filing points to new DirectReality API" bit-tech 7:46 AM
  • "Ahead of E3, Microsoft files gaming-related trademark for 'Direct Reality'" The Tech Portal 7:46 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Phone Could Rock Integrated Projector And Surface Pen Support" HotHardware 5:16 PM
  • "Microsoft's New Surface Pen Up For Preorder In Only 1 Color Option" Tech Times 7:47 AM
  • "Microsoft CISO argues against 'digital xenophobia'" IT PRO 7:46 AM
  • "Microsoft Azure gets OpenBSD support" Neowin 6:02 PM
  • "Dell Technologies Q1 highlights solid PC, server demand, but higher component costs" ZDNet 7:17 AM
  • "Dell EMC the only bright spot in server sales" IT Online 7:17 AM
  • "Dell EMC gains server market share at HPE's expense" IT PRO 7:17 AM
  • "Why Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman Is Stepping Out of Her Comfort Zone and Looking for Big Deals" TheStreet 7:18 AM
  • "Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)FORM 10-Q | Quarterly Report" Seeking Alpha 5:23 PM
  • "Intel Fires Warning Shot At Qualcomm And Microsoft Over Windows 10 ARM Emulation In X86 Birthday Blog Post" HotHardware 9:04 PM
  • "Intel Core i7-7740K Shatters Overclocking Records, Hits 7.5GHz Thanks to Liquid Helium" ExtremeTech 5:32 PM
  • "New Intel Core i7 processor breaks records with monstrous 7.5GHz overclock" TechRadar UK 7:20 AM
  • "Intel 3D XPoint Found in Optane Module" EE Times 7:20 AM
  • "Malware Uses Obscure Intel CPU Feature to Steal Data and Avoid Firewalls" Bleeping Computer 7:45 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX Vega release Date news: Graphic cards to launch in August?" Vine Report 7:19 AM
  • "IBM signs 10-year cloud services agreement with Lloyd's Banking Group" ZDNet 9:15 PM
  • "Facebook To Move WhatsApp Data From IBM Cloud" Silicon India 7:44 AM
  • "Oracle to use Kubernetes to manage its cloud containers" ZDNet 9:09 PM
  • "Cisco: IP traffic shoots up to 3 zettabytes by 2021, video will be 80% of it" TechCrunch 12:36 PM
  • "Report: IoT to dominate connected device landscape by 2021" ZDNet 7:11 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Financials Lead Wall Street as Comey Talks Russia Interference, Trump" TheStreet 12:38 PM
  • "Stocks fall flat after Comey testimony yields no surprises" FOXBusiness 5:18 PM
  • "GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares muted after Comey testimony; pound drops in UK election" Nasdaq 5:18 PM
  • "Stocks Notch Slight Gains as Financial Shares Climb: Stocks trade in narrow range as former FBI Director James Comey testified, investors await results of U.K. election" [Paid Membership Required] 5:19 PM
  • "Asian markets end mostly higher, with Kospi pushing past missile-launch news" MarketWatch 7:26 AM
  • "European stocks search for firm footing, with ECB, U.K. election on deck" MarketWatch 7:26 AM

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