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Friday Highlights: Analyst Toni Sacconaghi thinks Netflix pulling out of App Store transaction fees is but the first shoe to drop as others will follow suit—meaning Apple's services segment is facing headwinds; research at Zacks suggests diversification of Apple's operations in China will help iPhone struggles; Apple among companies facing complaint in Austria for failure to comply with EU's GDPR; Apple management no longer supports Nvidia in macOS?; Jonny Evans breaks down the industry-wide smartphone slowdown; Foxconn cuts 50,000 jobs in China; data broker, Acxiom, supports Tim Cook's privacy regulation call; facial recognition now being used on birds; Apple to revive iPod touch and iPad mini?

  • "The White House asked Apple, Google and other tech giants to help upgrade the federal government: Jared Kushner and crew briefed companies privately on the Trump administration's next steps after 'tech week.'"  Recode 8:50 PM
  • "White House calls on Apple, other tech giants to help restructure government IT" AppleInsider 8:50 PM
  • "Apple Is Redefining 'Winner Take All' As The Cook Era Hits New Peak: Hard as it may be to believe, Apple is just a few weeks away from the sixth anniversary of Tim Cook taking over as CEO of the company. Often criticized as lacking vision or being responsible for some shortcoming in Apple 's technology and strategy, the Cook era instead looks to be on its way to the stuff of business legend."  Forbes 7:30 AM
  • "Since the iPhone launched, Apple has made as much as Microsoft and Alphabet combined" Quartz 2:30 PM
  • "Apple's next big move—Augmented reality: Apple's iPhone may be ready for its next big act - as a springboard into 'augmented reality,' a technology that projects lifelike images into real-world settings viewed through a screen."  Associated Press 7:27 AM
  • "As Apple's Services Grow in China, So Does Its Censorship Risk: Apple has succeeded in China partly because the government views it as a hardware company, but now it is more than that" [Paid Membership Required] 7:26 AM
  • "Apple added a revealing word to its official business strategy" Business Insider 12:29 PM
  • "Apple owns $52.6 billion in US Treasurys — more than many major countries: If Apple were a foreign country, CEO Tim Cook might have considerable political clout in the United States."  CNBC 7:26 AM
  • "Apple Has a Massive $250 Billion Cash Pile That Should Be Used on These Blockbuster Acquisitions: Apple's cash horde is so big that it could probably buy both Netflix *and* Disney if it wanted to."  TheStreet 7:50 AM
  • "Will Apple become the first trillion-dollar company? Or will Amazon and Alphabet get there first?" San Jose Mercury News [Free Registration Required] 7:57 AM
  • "Corel Painter 2018 review: Painting app add tools to unleash your artistic potential" Macworld 7:27 AM
  • "How to adjust your Mac projector display properties" iMore 7:49 AM
Press Releases
  • "New Outlook for Mac preview for Fast ring brings stability and notification improvements" Neowin 7:56 AM
  • "SIG: Luxion Releases KeyShot 7—Intros Real-Time VR Support" Architosh 7:31 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they're on the brink of a mental-health crisis."  The Atlantic 7:57 AM
  • "Price Cuts Drive Apple iPad Sales Higher for First Time in 3 Years"  ExtremeTech 7:56 AM
  • "Apple's Sizable Jump in Tablet Sales Wasn't Entirely Driven by New Lower-Priced 9.7-Inch iPad" MacRumors 10:24 AM
  • "These are the eight best-selling tablet vendors in Q2" CRN 7:11 PM
  • "comScore Reports June 2017 U.S. Smartphone Subscriber Market Share" [Apple is top OEM, but second to Android for top platform] PRNewswire 7:40 AM
  • "Large iPhones have nearly killed off small screens among US users despite SE growth" 9to5Mac 2:33 PM
  • "iPhone shipments return to growth as the Galaxy S8 tests Android smartphone pricing limits" Canalys 7:26 AM
  • "Huawei came really close to selling as many phones as Apple: Apple sold 41 million iPhones in the second quarter, while Huawei's shipments were at 38.5 million, according to Counterpoint Research." CNET 7:37 AM
  • "Apple may soon lose its position as the second-biggest smartphone maker in the world" Business Insider 7:27 AM
  • "China's Xiaomi Passes Apple as Top Producer of Wearables" 24/7 Wall St. 7:30 AM
  • "Xiaomi topples Fitbit and Apple as world's largest wearables vendor: Strategy Analytics" ZDNet 7:11 PM
  • "Huawei set to overtake Apple in smartphone sales, but that's before the iPhone 8" 9to5Mac 7:28 AM
  • "iPhone 7 & 7 Plus seen edging out iPhone 6s lineup in US to become Apple's most-used models" AppleInsider 3:58 PM
  • "Apple Watch Has Now Surpassed Estimated 30 Million Shipments Since Launching in 2015" MacRumors 8:32 AM
  • "Estimates peg Apple Watch at third place in wearables with 2.8M units in June quarter" AppleInsider 8:42 AM
  • "Tech group representing Apple rebukes proposed GOP immigration bill" AppleInsider 7:28 AM
  • "Apple adapted Bluetooth LE for ultra-low power hearing aids: The company has revealed that it uses Bluetooth Low Energy Audio for Cochlear's latest implant." Engadget 7:42 AM
  • "Tim Cook hails Apple's 'breakthrough' cochlear implant technology" Cult of Mac 7:49 AM
  • "Apple in 2014 created a more advanced version of Bluetooth LE—and no one even noticed" iDownload Blog 7:53 AM
  • "Thieves Arrested After Stealing iPhones From Moving Truck" PC Magazine 7:44 AM
  • "iPhone Glitter Cases Recalled Due to Chemical Burn Risk" PC Magazine 7:43 AM
  • "Apple airs three Siri mini-ads starring The Rock" iDownload Blog 7:49 AM
  • "Apple Shares Another 'Carpool Karaoke' Teaser Ahead of Next Week's Launch" MacRumors 3:56 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: Google CEO resigns from Apple's board" Cult of Mac 7:49 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Report: Google wanted to buy Snap for $30 billion last year w/ offer still 'on the table'" 9to5Google 2:33 PM
  • "China's Internet Censors Play a Tougher Game of Cat and Mouse" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:10 PM
  • "The guy who stopped WannaCry is reportedly being detained in the U.S." Mashable 1:09 PM
  • "Google details how it is enhancing the user experience in the Play Store" Neowin 7:44 PM
  • "Google Play Now Favoring 'High-Quality Apps'" PC Magazine 12:24 PM
  • "WannaCry ransomware hackers cash out with $140,000 windfall: The massive outbreak locked up hundreds of thousands of PCs and forced each user to pay $300 in Bitcoin." CNET 10:48 AM
  • "Amazon reminds cloud customers in China to avoid VPNs" Engadget 8:31 AM
  • "Android's first serious augmented reality phone is finally here" Mashable 8:31 AM
  • "You'd Have to Click a Mouse 10 Million Times to Burn One Calorie" Wired 7:30 AM
  • "Apple Watch Shipment Milestone, Echo Eavesdropping Hack -TMO Daily Observations 2017-08-03" The Mac Observer 12:57 PM
  • "Why AI and machine learning researchers are beginning to embrace PyTorch/The O'Reilly Data Show Podcast: Soumith Chintala on building a worthy successor to Torch and on deep learning within Facebook." O'Reilly 8:43 AM
  • "How long do we have to wait for the iPhone 8? (The 3:59, Ep. 260): We break down Apple's earnings and the clues it leaves for the next iPhone." CNET 7:49 AM
  • "Latest iPhone 8 leak from Apple reveals yet another new feature" BGR 7:44 AM
  • "iPhone 8 to have 'Smartcamera' that knows what it is taking a picture of, leaked Apple code suggests" The Independent 7:55 AM
  • "iPhone 8 may support 4K video at 60 FPS with front & rear cameras" 9to5Mac 6:05 PM
  • "Apple 'iPhone 8' front and rear cameras to record 4K video at 60fps, firmware suggests" AppleInsider 6:53 PM
  • "Video: Will Apple's 'iPhone 8' launch in September?" AppleInsider 10:24 AM
  • "New concept art shows how Apple may adapt iOS 11 to 'iPhone 8' display notch" AppleInsider 12:23 PM
  • "iPhone 8 concept explores how iOS 11 could reimagine the status bar and navigation" 9to5Mac 12:23 PM
  • "Apple patents overlaying details on augmented reality glasses" ReadWrite 7:43 AM
Apple Patent Applications
  • "Apple concept would let users customize display viewing angles for privacy" AppleInsider 2:31 PM
  • "Apple Invents Quantum Dot Hybrid Pixels for Future Power Efficient Displays that Could Deliver 'Pure Color'" Patently Apple 7:46 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "10' iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:59 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:59 AM
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:59 AM
  • "AT&T offering buy one, get one iPhone or $.99 iPad with DirecTV subscription" 9to5Mac 7:33 PM

  • "Schlage Sense review: The heaviest-duty of heavy-duty smart locks" ["With the app installed you can always tap an icon to unlock the system, or on an iPhone you can use Siri if you're within Bluetooth range. The lock is fully HomeKit-enabled, so if you have an Apple TV, you can check the lock status and issue open/close commands remotely. Note however that Android devices are not supported at this time."] TechHive 7:58 AM
  • "Kwikset Premis review: A capable smart lock for iOS users/Kwikset Premis review: A capable smart lock for iOS users" TechHive 7:58 AM
  • "Kwikset Kevo Convert review: A retrofit smart lock kit at a lower price" TechHive 7:59 AM
  • "August Smart Lock (2nd Generation) review: Upgrade your locks without touching the exterior mechanism" TechHive 7:59 AM
  • "The Best Phones for Kids: Trust us, your kid wants a phone. But which one is best? Check out our recommendations." PC Magazine 9:18 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Best new apps for iPhone and iPad" iMore 6:09 PM
  • "'Neo Angle' Review - This 80's Inspired Minimalist Puzzler Brings Neon Colors, and Fun, to your Phone" Touch Arcade 10:23 AM
  • "iPhone Voicemail Won't Play? Here's How to Fix That" OS X Daily 3:54 PM
  • "How to use iCloud Drive on iPhone and iPad" iMore 2:34 PM
  • "Download HandJoy IPA Emulator On iOS 10 [No Jailbreak Required] Redmond Pie 12:24 PM
  • "Creating Animated GIFs From Videos With Workflow For iOS" MacMost 10:46 AM
  • "How to for Beginners: Dial a Phone Number from a Text Message on Your iPhone" MacTrast 8:35 AM
  • "How to Choose the Best Mesh Wireless System For Your Home" The Mac Observer 8:33 AM
  • "65 ways to get a giggle out of Siri" Pocket-lint 7:57 AM
  • "Best new apps for iPhone and iPad" iMore 6:07 PM
  • "Apple's next big thing is not an iPhone" SlashGear 3:58 PM
  • "Apple's iPad: Did You See This Coming?" Seeking Alpha 2:34 PM
  • "On iOS 11 design" iMore 12:23 PM
  • "Apple, autonomous systems, and you: Apple CEO, Tim Cook, didn't want to say too much, but how can autonomous systems be used and what can they do for you and your business?"  Computerworld 10:47 AM
  • "Apple Watch Milestone Reached, But Concerns Remain" AppAdvice 10:24 AM
  • "The iPhone Pro and the disappearing home button" The Loop 10:23 AM
  • "Apple Watch, Fitbit, and Everyone Else" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 10:23 AM
  • "Tech Dominance Begets More Dominance" Tech.pinions 10:23 AM
  • "Opinion: There are signs Apple is starting to target mid-market consumers too" 9to5Mac 9:48 AM
  • "Why Apple's iPhone Revenues Missed Wall Street Expectations" Market Realist 9:47 AM
  • "Green Electronics Standards Are Broken" iFixit 7:50 AM
  • "Apple's greed is killing the planet (and screwing you, too)"  Mashable 7:49 AM
  • "Apple has proven me wrong about HomeKit" The Verge 7:48 AM
  • "Let's talk about what an iPhone 8 with no Touch ID might be like" BGR 10:23 AM
  • "This iPhone 8 leak is so fake, it's hilarious" BGR 7:44 AM
  • "Rumor gullibility: Don't fall for it" Macworld 7:28 AM
  • "What We Don't Know About iPhone 8" Mac 360 7:28 AM
  • "You're not going to like where Congress is going with net neutrality" Mashable 2:55 PM
  • "Motorola's New Phone Makes a Great Case For Why Modular Phones Shouldn't Exist" Gizmodo 8:35 AM
  • "Moto Z2 Force Review: The screen's not shattered, but my heart is [Video] 9to5Google 8:31 AM
  • "Moto Z2 Force review: The first modular phone that makes it all click" BGR 8:31 AM
  • "Commentary: The US$30 billion question for Foxconn" DigiTimes 7:37 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "'Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story' Is the Sequel to the Hit 'A Normal Lost Phone'" Touch Arcade 2:34 PM
  • "Ridesharing Startup Arcade City Launches Mobile App in 155 Countries" PRNewswire 7:41 AM
  • "Tapinator Launches Big Sport Fishing 2017" PRNewswire 7:41 AM
  • "Tablet Market Decline Slows in Second Quarter as Low-Cost Tablets Offer Temporary Relief, According to IDC" Business Wire 7:39 AM
  • "Meet Katan - iOS Photography with a large TV screen" prMac 7:28 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft acknowledges users are currently experiencing issues sending messages via Skype" Neowin 6:05 AM
  • "Microsoft starts testing Windows 10's built-in Eye Control: Oh, and the Windows Console just got its first facelift in 20 years." Engadget 6:06 AM
  • "Microsoft's Provides Windows Insiders with Early Access to Eye Control" eWeek 6:49 PM
  • "Microsoft is aware of the spam epidemic plaguing Xbox Live users" Neowin 6:05 AM
  • "Microsoft is making a keyboard cover for Apple's iPad" BGR 6:07 AM
  • "Microsoft is Adding Visualizations, Equalizer, and More to Groove Music" Thurrott 6:08 PM
  • "Microsoft Offers One Sign-In Experience to Rule Them All" Thurrott 6:09 AM
  • "Microsoft prepares to unify its Azure AD and Microsoft Account login experiences" Neowin 6:05 AM
  • "Intel's next processor lineup will require new motherboards: That's a bummer!" digit 6:13 AM
  • "ASRock confirms Coffee Lake CPUs need new motherboards" Hexus 6:14 AM
  • "Intel's upcoming Coffee Lake CPUs won't work with today's motherboards: Builders cry foul as they lose their ability to upgrade" Tech Central 6:15 AM
  • "Intel Makes Another Bad Decision, No Coffee Lake 8th Generation CPU Support on 200-Series 'LGA 1151' Motherbards" WCCFTech 6:15 AM
  • "Intel's 8th Gen 14nm++ Coffee Lake Processors Will Require All-New Motherboards" HotHardware 5:00 PM
  • "Core i3 8300 with Four Cores and Eight Threads Spotted" Guru3D 6:15 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 gaming benchmarks published" Hexus 6:14 AM
  • "AMD Radeon Vega carries two gaming cards, two Radeon Pro models The firm has finally taken the wraps off its latest high-end graphics cards based on the Vega-architecture" blasting news 6:14 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen Threadripper Cooler Compatibility List Posted Ahead Of August 10th Launch" HotHardware 5:00 PM
  • "Dell's massive Canvas display for artists is available for $1,800: This giant touchscreen display is a less expensive way to get that Surface Studio-style workspace." Engadget 6:03 PM
  • "Dell EMC warns of 'zero tolerance' to channel clashes: Vendor's UK channel boss tells CRN how it will firmly handle any direct versus channel conflict" CRN UK 6:11 AM
  • "Dell ranks Johannesburg 28th out of 50 in support of women entrepreneurs" Ventureburn 6:12 AM
  • "Dell Rolls Out First Wireless Charging Laptop in the World" Last News 24 6:12 AM
  • "Nvidia and HP want you to design a virtual Mars colony... go easy on them, eh?" PC Games 6:13 AM
  • "Suncorp posts AU$394m profit as it pauses Oracle banking platform migration" ZDNet 6:06 AM
  • "Oracle's systems boss bails amid deafening silence over Solaris fate: No reason given for Fowler's exit, no new exec named and no sign of continuous delivery" The Register 6:29 AM
  • "Nobody wins patents like IBM, but Amazon and Facebook are picking up their pace" Quartz 6:19 AM
  • "IBM achieves new world record in magnetic tape storage" Gigabit 6:19 AM
  • "IBM and Sony have created tiny tape cartridge capable of holding 330TB of data" Kit Guru 6:19 AM
  • "IBM fits 330 TB in palm-size cartridge: IBM colaborated with Sony and managed to achieve the highest areal density of 201 gigabits per square inch (Gb/in2) for magnetic tape. The 330 TB cartridge capacity could be doubled every two years." Notebook Check 6:20 AM
  • "Sony, IBM announce 330TB magnetic tape storage breakthrough" bit-tech 6:20 AM
  • "IBM and Sony spruce up magnetic tape" Fudzilla 6:20 AM
  • "China and the US are battling to become the world's first AI superpower" The Verge 10:22 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "How Apple Had a Decent Third Quarter for a Change" Market Realist 12:23 PM
  • "Apple at $157: Look whose price targets are still underwater" Apple 3.0 12:23 PM
  • "Apple Proved Many on Wall Street Wrong, Nomura Says: Nomura says Apple is a 'buy' with strong iPhone and iPad performance." TheStreet 7:26 AM
  • "Apple's Magic: Bulls See 8% Upside" Investopedia 7:26 AM
  • "Apple: 16 moving targets" Apple 3.0 7:50 AM
  • "Apple's Booming Business Huge for 4 Top Tech Stocks to Buy" 24/7 Wall St. 7:53 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow Stretches Record-Making Streak Into Day Seven With Small Gains: Stocks are mixed Thursday." TheStreet 4:57 PM
  • "As Dow moves past 22,000, here are 5 things to remember about markets" USA Today 12:32 PM
  • "Oil rises on falling US inventories" FOXBusiness 6:45 AM
  • "US STOCKS-Dow hits record high as Amazon, Apple pull down S&P 500" Nasdaq 4:57 PM
  • "Stocks Mixed, but Dow Keeps Winning Streak: While the blue-chip index rose less than 10 points, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite each fell slightly" [Paid Membership Required] 4:58 PM
  • "Kospi slides, erasing week's gains as Asian markets pull back" MarketWatch 6:46 AM
  • "European stocks wrestled lower, with Siemens shares down" MarketWatch 6:47 AM

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