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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?

  • "Apple Readies $1 Billion War Chest for Hollywood Programming: Company immediately becomes a considerable competitor in crowded market for original shows" [Paid Membership Required] 7:58 AM
  • "Apple said to be spending $1 billion on original content in 2018" TechCrunch 7:58 AM
  • "Apple is bringing a billion-dollar checkbook to Hollywood, and wants to buy 10 TV shows" Recode 8:23 AM
  • "Apple will become a major player in Hollywood by spending $1 billion on original TV shows and movies" Business Insider 8:44 AM
  • "Apple is on the hunt for original TV shows" CNNMoney 12:49 PM
  • "Hey Netflix, Apple reportedly has $1 billion to spend on new TV shows" Mashable 7:56 AM
  • "How Apple makes its billions - and no, it's not all down to the iPhone: When it comes to revenue, operating income, free cash flow, and net cash, Apple dwarfs Amazon, Facebook, and Alphabet."  ZDNet 7:36 AM
  • "Former WGN America Head Matt Cherniss Joins Apple: Matt Cherniss, the former president and general manager of WGN America and Tribune Studios, has joined Apple to oversee development at their new worldwide video unit, Variety has confirmed." Variety 7:54 AM
  • "Apple hires former WGN America chief to bolster video team" Cult of Mac 8:23 AM
  • "Apple Pay Is Cutting Off White Supremacists: Apple and PayPal have started to pull payments support from websites selling white nationalist and Nazi apparel following this weekend's events in Charlottesville."  BuzzFeed 6:09 PM
  • "Apple blocks Apple Pay support on sites promoting white nationalism & hate groups" 9to5Mac 6:09 PM
  • "Apple disables Apple Pay for websites selling white supremacist goods" AppleInsider 6:10 PM
  • "Google Chrome under attack: Have you used one of these hijacked extensions?" ["Web Developer 0.4.9, Chrometana 1.1.3, Infinity New Tab 3.12.3, CopyFish 2.8.5, Web Paint 1.2.1, and Social Fixer 20.1.1 were compromised in late July and early August. Kafeine believes TouchVPN and Betternet VPN were also comprised in late June with the same technique."] ZDNet 7:36 AM
  • "How to set network connection priority on a Mac" Macworld 8:05 AM
  • "How to use IFTTT with the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro" iMore 12:35 PM
  • "Promote iMessage to your Menu Bar with Unreplied for macOS" iDownload Blog 8:27 AM
  • "Automating Complicated Text Inserts" MacMost 10:49 AM
Press Releases
  • "Strategy game Sudden Strike 4 is now available for Mac" Mac Gamer HQ 7:27 PM
  • "Haste (public beta) - A macOS Utility to Search the Web faster" prMac 9:15 AM
  • "A New Assistant Editor Training Course and Philip Hodgets With Findrcat at LACPUG" 8:23 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "iPhone 8 buzz has rescued Tim Cook's $90 million bonus: Tim Cook's bonus payment soars along with the stock price"  MarketWatch 8:08 AM
  • "Everything That's Inside Your iPhone: Silicon, arsenic, gold, and the social and environmental effects of backbreaking mining." Motherboard 8:38 AM
  • "Strategy Analytics: Samsung Galaxy S8 Becomes World's Best-Selling Android Smartphone in Q2 2017" ["Juha Winter, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics, added, 'We estimate Apple iPhone 7 shipped 16.9 million units and captured 5 percent marketshare worldwide in Q2 2017. The iPhone 7 remains the world's most popular smartphone model overall, due to a compelling blend of user-friendly design, extensive supporting apps, and widespread retail presence for the device."] Business Wire 9:11 AM
  • "Apple's 2016 iPhones are the World's Most Popular Smartphones — Strategy Analytics" Apple Must 1:03 PM
  • "iPhone 7 Remained World's Most Popular Smartphone Model in June Quarter" MacRumors 9:53 AM
  • "Apple tightens Hong Kong online sales policy to deter scalpers ahead of iPhone 8 launch" South China Morning Post 8:09 AM
  • "Apple Gets Tough in Hong Kong Ahead of iPhone Release" Barron's 8:09 AM
  • "Apple & other tech companies ask U.S. Supreme Court to apply 4th Amendment protection to location data" 9to5Mac 8:05 AM
  • "Apple shares 'Carpool Karaoke' ads featuring Ariana Grande, Seth MacFarlane, 'Game of Thrones' stars" AppleInsider 7:55 AM
  • "This miniature iPhone 7 Plus clone has a tiny 2.5-inch screen" Cult of Mac 8:27 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple's most affordable PowerBook yet" Cult of Mac 8:24 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Netflix to spend $7B on content in 2018" AppleInsider 9:33 PM
  • "Researchers Refine Zinc-Air Batteries With 5x Capacity To Lead Charge Against Lithium-Ion" HotHardware 4:03 PM
  • "GOP lawmakers shamed on billboards for trying to repeal net neutrality rules" Ars Technica 10:59 AM
  • "Verizon—Yes, Verizon—Just Stood Up For Your Privacy" Wired 10:13 AM
  • "Andy Rubin's Essential Phone Shipping Within A Week In Black, White Models Still Delayed" HotHardware 4:04 PM
  • "Amazon keeps shaking off Trump's Twitter criticism" Business Insider 8:43 AM
  • "T-Mobile just took a huge step towards beating Verizon once and for all" BGR 8:26 AM
  • "Google's Pixel 2 may also borrow HTC's squeeze controls" Engadget 8:12 AM
  • "Not another Linux desktop! Robots cross the Uncanny Valley" The Register 7:45 AM
  • "Google's Work Is Not Over: Failing to encourage inclusiveness and diversity can put a company's success in danger." Seeking Alpha 7:32 AM
  • "Eclipse Tips, AR Needs Eyeware, and No Apple Television Set -ACM 424" The Mac Observer 5:17 PM
  • "Macworld's August Digital Edition: 10 Years of the iPhone" Macworld 3:36 PM
  • "iOS 11"s Device Setup Feature, Coding iPhone Apps for Arduino -TMO Daily Observations 2017-08-16" The Mac Observer 2:08 PM
  • "Five Questions with Peter Cohen" MacVoices 2:08 PM
  • "Apple elbows its way into Hollywood (The 3:59, Ep. 268)" CNET 1:09 PM
  • "AppStories, Episode 18 – Mac and iOS Shelf Apps" MacStories 11:31 AM
  • "Apple Watch with LTE may not support cellular voice calls at launch, instead focus on data" AppleInsider 12:50 PM
  • "KGI: LTE Apple Watch likely using eSIM, no phone calling or Android support expected" 9to5Mac 12:50 PM
  • "Apple Watch with LTE might not make phone calls on its own" Cult of Mac 3:37 PM
  • "Blurry Leaked Images Depict Alleged 'Apple OLED TV' in Testing Facility" MacRumors 8:04 AM
  • "Alleged 60-inch Apple OLED TV Spied Testing in Secret Facility" HotHardware 4:03 PM
  • "Crazy rumor time: blurry images claim to show a '60-inch OLED Apple television'" 9to5Mac 8:05 AM
  • "Alleged 60-inch Apple OLED TV Spied Testing in Secret Facility" HotHardware 4:03 PM
  • "Apple shipments on track despite Taiwan blackout, suppliers say" Nikkei 10:25 AM
  • "Apple Watch 3 to work independently from iPhone 8, reports show" Telegraph 9:21 AM
  • "About the security content of tvOS 10.1" Apple Support 9:09 PM
  • "About the security content of iOS 10.2" Apple Support 9:09 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:30 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:30 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:30 AM

  • "iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7: What will the differences be?" Telegraph 8:23 AM
  • "Review: Tile Pro Sport and Style Bluetooth trackers" iDownload Blog 8:23 AM
  • "Emerson Sensi Touch review: A big step up from the first-generation, but it's not as deluxe as the competition" TechHive 8:04 AM
  • "The Best Bookshelf Speakers for Most Stereos" The Wirecutter 7:52 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Watch: iOS 11 introduces new Smart Invert viewing mode" AppleInsider 8:27 PM
  • "Unobstruct Clears a Path to a Better Web Reading Experience" MacStories 8:24 AM
  • "Neo Angle Review: No Turning Back" MacStories 11:31 AM
  • "'Egglia: Legend of the Redcap' Review - Scrambled Eggs" Touch Arcade 3:02 PM
  • "'RayCrisis' Review - We Have to Do Better at the Cyber" Touch Arcade 1:09 PM
  • "'Nexomon' Review - Gotta Tame 'em All" Touch Arcade 10:15 AM
  • "'Ristar' Review - This Shooting Star Has Come Quite Far" Touch Arcade 9:08 AM
  • "How to Save a Photo as PDF on iPad and iPhone with iBooks" OS X Daily 3:37 PM
  • "Everything you need to know about tagging files in iOS 11" Cult of Mac 12:50 PM
  • "How to Enable the Secret Dark Mode on iPhone in iOS 11" iPhone Hacks 12:32 PM
  • "How to Use an iPhone for Absolutely Everything: Part 2" Envato Tuts+ 8:27 AM
  • "Solar Eclipse iPhone Photography: Warnings and Tips" iDrop News 5:35 PM
  • "A New iMessage Scam is Going Around. Here's How to Protect Yourself." The Mac Observer 1:11 PM
  • "Upgrading to an Older MacBook Pro" Subtraction 3:02 PM
  • "iPhone 8 event preview" iMore 2:08 PM
  • "Apple Makes a $1 Billion Commitment to Original TV Shows" The Mac Observer 5:52 PM
  • "Will Apple Inc. Be a Streaming Leader in the Cloud Age?" InvestorPlace 11:31 AM
  • "Maybe Apple's One Billion Dollar Original Content Push Will Actually Be Good" Gizmodo 11:00 AM
  • "Accidentally Famous: The story behind the original voice of Siri" The Loop 9:53 AM
  • "About Apple's Wearable Camera" Mac 360 9:11 AM
  • "On Apple Watch, Insurance, And Health" Mac 360 9:11 AM
  • "Face ID anti-FUD: Easing the anxiety over the unannounced" iMore 9:08 AM
  • "Opinion: Are subscription-based apps the future, or will they implode?"  9to5Mac 9:00 AM
  • "Dear Apple, please don't give $1B to Eddy Cue: The VP who green-lighted 'Planet of the Apps' and 'Carpool Karaoke' without James Corden thinks he's going to make a 'Game of Thrones.'"  Apple 3.0 8:24 AM
  • "Why cellular Apple Watch could be a game changer" iDownload Blog 8:25 AM
  • "An LTE Apple Watch brings lots of potential problems. Can Apple solve them all? Apple's new wearable could be a bigger engineering feat than the iPhone 8."  Macworld 8:04 AM
  • "7 Reasons an LTE Apple Watch Changes the Game"  Apple Must 7:30 AM
  • "Cities might be getting smart, but are they secure?" ZDNet 11:28 AM
  • "Could Technology create an Arab Spring in North Korea?" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:00 AM
  • "Trump vs. Amazon: So much for the businessman president" CNNMoney 8:59 AM
  • "Google launches web client for Allo, its troubled instant messaging service: We go hands on with Allo's janky web interface." Ars Technica 8:38 AM
  • "Here's why you aren't shopping in VR (yet)" The Next Web 8:12 AM
  • "My Instagram Hacker Changed My Life" Wired 8:11 AM
  • "Digitimes Research: Wisconsin plant to accelerate Foxconn transformation" DigiTimes 8:10 AM
  • "A skeptical look at a new AI medical initiative" Axios 8:07 AM
  • "What Google's Open Communication Culture Is Really Like" Wired 7:57 AM
  • "Female engineers: James Damore wasn't fired for 'truth,' he was fired for mishandling a complex debate" Business Insider 7:56 AM
  • "How I learned to appreciate the simplicity of the Amazon Kindle" Mashable 7:55 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "New Apple Music Carpool Karaoke Teasers for Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Ariana Grande, Seth McFarlane" The Mac Observer 5:52 PM
  • "Cypress IoT software development kit takes advantage of Apple's new, open HomeKit policy" AppleInsider 3:02 PM
  • "Lowe's Iris smart home system can connect to your Nest thermostat" Engadget 3:02 PM
  • "Pinterest adds pinch to zoom on Pins for iOS app, visual search improvements" 9to5Mac 12:50 PM
  • "iFixit selling Fix Kits for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus batteries, screens, and small parts" 9to5Mac 12:49 PM
  • "Google brings Q&As to Google Maps" TechCrunch 12:35 PM
  • "iDevices launches HomeKit-enabled Dimmer Switch to upgrade your existing lights" 9to5Mac 10:04 AM
  • "Twitter for iOS Adds Topic Feeds to Explore Tab" MacStories 9:21 AM
  • "New App is a Game Changer for Arrest Situations: iGotBerries was named after the expression used to describe the red and blue lights that police officers use to detain a vehicle." PRNewswire 9:13 AM
  • "LEGO® Education Launches New Coding Resources for Schools" Business Wire 9:12 AM
  • "Google adds pollen forecast to search results" CNET 8:44 AM
  • "Google wants to save you from allergies with new pollen forecasts" The Next Web 8:39 AM
  • "Sling TV Debuts Desktop In-Browser Player for Google Chrome" MacRumors 8:27 AM
  • "ESPN's new Apple TV app lets you watch four screens of live sports at the same time: Get ready for some football. And then more football. And then two more football games. All at once." Recode 8:26 AM
  • "WaterField Unveils Collectively-designed Air Porter and Air Caddy" prMac 8:04 AM
  • "Asteroid : Space Defence for iOS/Android/fireTV - A Retro Arcade Shooter" prMac 9:52 AM
  • "CREATEit 2.0 - iPad App for Producing and Presenting Compelling Visuals" prMac 8:04 AM
  • "ROMOSS UPower is a solid charger at (if you look around) a very good price" Apple World Today 7:41 AM
Computer Industry
  • "How Microsoft and Other Software Kings Are Growing in a Cloud-Heavy Word" TheStreet 8:01 AM
  • "Microsoft facilitates automated transactions with blockchain and the Coco Framework" TechRepublic 9:06 AM
  • "Microsoft reveals future of Azure: Computing catches up with Mark Smith, senior director of the cloud & enterprise business group at Microsoft" Computing 9:06 AM
  • "Microsoft continues its push into serverless tech with Azure Event Grid" GeekWire 10:04 AM
  • "Microsoft brings blockchain to business with new framework" eeNews Europe 9:06 AM
  • "Microsoft Teaches Autonomous Gliders to Make Decisions on the Fly" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:36 AM
  • "Watch Microsoft Test Its AI-Controlled Infinite Soaring Machine" ECN Magazine 3:03 PM
  • "How BMW and Intel are boosting Fiat Chrysler's driverless ambitions: BMW, Intel and Fiat Chrysler are teaming up to make driverless cars" Alphr 9:04 AM
  • "Fiat Chrysler will get Intel inside its autonomous cars" Fast Company 9:05 AM
  • "Fiat Chrysler joins BMW and Intel to develop self-driving cars" CNBC 9:04 AM
  • "Intel's self-driving supergroup brings Fiat Chrysler into the fold" Engadget 8:12 AM
  • "Intel's next generation chip plans: Ice Lake and a slow 10nm transition" Ars Technica UK 9:05 AM
  • "Intel teases market with 10nm microprocessors codenamed Ice Lake to debut by 2019" Computing 9:04 AM
  • "What we know about Intel's post-8th Gen Ice Lake Core processors" TrustedReviews 9:05 AM
  • "Details Leak on Intel's Upcoming Ice Lake CPU, 10nm Schedule" ExtremeTech 9:04 AM
  • "Intel's next-next-generation processor is Ice Lake, and it's already being talked about" BGR 1:09 PM
  • "Intel makes slow progress on staff diversity" IT PRO 9:04 AM
  • "Intel CEO to turn 'tragedy into action' after protest-quitting Trump's US jobs team" PCGamesN 9:03 AM
  • "Intel Corporation Is Probably Going to Kill This Product Line: The experiment was worth conducting, but the results seem to suggest that this controversial product line needs to be put out to pasture." The Motley Fool 10:59 AM
  • "AMD Reenters High-end Markets with Threadripper and Vega" Tech.pinions 8:28 AM
  • "Dell stresses importance of digital transformation at technology forum" DigiTimes 8:10 AM
  • "Why IBM sends its best employees abroad for four weeks" CNBC 2:06 PM
  • "How Oracle Engineered Its Sales Staff for the Cloud: The software-licensing giant doubled its sales staff and went after new markets, including small businesses" [Paid Membership Required] 8:01 AM
  • "Cisco's revenue falls for seventh straight quarter" Reuters 3:37 PM
  • "Cisco slides after revenue beat" CNBC 3:36 PM
  • "Cisco's Q4 marred by losses despite revenue beat" ZDNet 4:06 PM
  • "Cisco - How The Mighty Have Fallen (Or Gone Sideways Forever)" Seeking Alpha 7:31 AM
  • "Will Cisco's Trump-Related Woes Impact Its Earnings?" TheStreet 9:02 AM
  • "China has 751 million Internet users in June, says CNNIC" DigiTimes 8:10 AM
  • "European tech market expected to continue slow growth through 2018" ZDNet 7:19 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Shares Might Still Have Room to Run, Even if the Easy Money Has Been Made: Apple's earnings multiples are still well below those of many consumer brands with similar growth profiles and pricing power." TheStreet 4:09 PM
Industry News
  • "Dow extends win streak to reclaim 22,000-mark on Fed minutes: Disbanding of Trump's advisory panels contributes to uncertainty" MarketWatch 4:08 PM
  • "Stocks Higher as Target, Urban Outfitters Rise, Wall Street Waits for Fed: Target and Urban Outfitters sweetened investor appetite for retail names." TheStreet 10:24 AM
  • "Wall St ends up but off highs after Trump announcement, Fed minutes" Reuters 4:08 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Climb on Retail Rebound: Retailers' shares improve after Target reported strong same-store sales growth and boosted its outlook" [Paid Membership Required] 4:08 PM
  • "Asian markets advance as Korean Peninsula tensions ease: Mixed trading ahead of expected strong earnings" MarketWatch 8:46 AM
  • "European stocks bounce toward 3rd straight rise: Draghi not expected to rock policy boat at Jackson Hole" MarketWatch 8:45 AM

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