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Weekend Highlights: Dan Moren reads the tea leaves from WWDC sees "shape of a few of Apple's plans to come"; Cult of Mac explores Apple's ability to trick "our brains into accepting high prices"; $1 trillion back in Apple's sights with trade deal according to analyst; Tim Cook met with President Trump this week discussing trade, immigration; Adobe shows prototype AI tool that can spot Photoshopped faces; CryptoKit presages iPhone as crypto wallet?; Counterpoint's examination of global true wireless hearables market finds Apple's growth level from last quarter; Apple Maps look-around smoother than Google's according to comparison; will USB-C finally come to iPhones this year?; Rene Ritchie has a go with iPad Pro running iPadOS; Dennis Sellers gets early look at Mutrics sunglasses/speaker combo; Dieter Bohns finally turns on iMessage.

  • "Will Apple's Risk-Aversion Doom Its TV Efforts? Apple's not the rabble-rouser it was 30 years ago. Executives will have to decide whether the brand should be associated with controversial content."  Barron's 1:38 PM
  • "Ireland says EU's 13 bln euro Apple tax bill unjustified"  Reuters 8:20 AM
  • "Ireland Says the EU isn't Justified Asking Apple for €13 Billion in Taxes"  Gizmodo UK 8:18 AM
  • "Irish finance minister decries EU's demand for $15B+ in Apple back taxes, says it's not Ireland's job" AppleInsider 8:45 AM
  • "Lawsuit revived over Apple retail workers' pay during security checks" Ars Technica 8:34 AM
  • "Apple bag-search class action sueball moves to Cali supreme court: Apple may have to pay its employees extra for time it spends rifling through their personal belongings at work, if it loses a long-running lawsuit that is now in front of the Californian Supreme Court." The Register 8:14 AM
  • "Apple set to stream with $1B budgeted for original content" Boston Herald 8:27 AM
  • "Report: Apple to Funnel Megabucks Into Original TV Content Development" TechNewsWorld 3:11 PM
  • "Apple Watch data privacy, cost main concerns in Apple and Aetna partnership"  AppleInsider 6:57 PM
  • "Apple leases big Santa Clara buildings, launches construction" San Jose Mercury News [Free Registration Required] 7:54 PM
  • "Apple Leasing More Office Space Near Cupertino Campuses" MacRumors 7:54 PM
  • "Microsoft releases new Office Insider Fast ring preview for Mac" Neowin 6:42 PM
  • "Rocket Languages Review: Learn a New Language Now" iDrop News 3:12 PM
  • "Creative Ways To Use Safari Bookmarks" MacMost 10:57 AM
  • "How to set up and access iCloud Drive on the Mac" iMore 8:31 AM
  • "iA Writer 5: From Raw To Cooked To Sushi" iA 6:12 PM
  • "How Final Cut Pro X (and Replaced the Professional Post Production House I Couldn't Afford" 1:56 PM
Press Releases
  • "Skype Preview for Mac rolling out with mentions, improved group calls & more" 9to5Mac 3:12 PM
  • "Skype Brings Next-Generation Mobile Experience to Desktop in New Mac Preview" MacRumors 1:08 PM
  • "e-on Software's Release 3 of VUE 2016 and PlantFactory Now Available" Architosh 9:34 AM
  • "Eltima releases Cargo VPN - An essential Privacy Tool for your web life" prMac 9:36 AM
  • "Asteroid : Space Defence for Mac OS X - A Retro Arcade Shooter" prMac 8:56 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Tim Cook slams Trump's remarks on racist violence in Charlottesville" ["Cook also announced he would donate $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League, who he said were striving to 'rid our country of hate.'"]  New York Post 8:07 AM
  • "Apple's Cook says he disagrees with Trump, vows donations to rights groups" Reuters 8:13 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook pens memo denouncing white supremacy" CNET 8:14 AM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook: I disagree with Trump on Charlottesville" CNNMoney 8:26 AM
  • "Apple boss Tim Cook joins Donald Trump condemnation" BBC 8:26 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook to Donate $2 Million to Anti-Hate Groups" Money 12:19 PM
  • "Tim Cook slams Trump's Charlottesville response, pledges millions to anti-hate charities" Melbourne Age 8:09 PM
  • "Apple Pulls Apple Pay Support from Websites Selling White Supremacist Merchandise" MacTrast 8:34 AM
  • "Apple Pay, PayPal Drop Transaction Support for Hate-based Websites" The Mac Observer 3:07 PM
  • "Using Apple's ARKit for creative and historical expression" Computerworld 8:00 AM
  • "AT&T revives free Apple TV offer for new DirecTV Now subscribers" AppleInsider 8:12 AM
  • "McDonald's Generates Buzz With Ad Showing iPhone 8 Mockup" MacRumors 8:29 AM
  • "Unofficial iPhone 8 rendering used in McDonald's PR stunt" iDownload Blog 8:29 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs' stolen iPad turns up in clown town" Cult of Mac 8:33 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Scientists invent self-healing robots, ushering forth the end of mankind" BGR 6:16 PM
  • "Reddit rolls out its own video platform" TechCrunch 5:23 PM
  • "Judge yanks plug out of AT&T's latest attack on Google Fiber" The Register 3:11 PM
  • "The Essential Phone is finally available, according to its creator" Mashable 1:08 PM
  • "Tech has yet to totally bail on Trump: But the companies and execs aiding the American Technology Council are growing wary." Recode 12:19 PM
  • "Facebook cracks down on spammy videos" Axios 12:19 PM
  • "Video: Nokia 8 to take on iPhone and Galaxy smartphones" Belfast Telegraph 8:55 AM
  • "Nokia Challenges Apple and Samsung With the 'Bothie'" Investopedia 8:53 AM
  • "WeWork Hires Apple Executive to Oversee Products" The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:26 AM
  • "Director Jake Schumacher Discusses 'App: The Human Story" The MUG Center 3:53 PM
  • "No Apple Pay for Hate Sites, the Growing Surveillance State -TMO Daily Observations 2017-08-17" The Mac Observer 1:03 PM
  • "Apple Watch Series 3 Enters 'Final Testing Phase' Ahead of Rumored September Launch" MacRumors 11:07 AM
  • "Report: Apple Watch Series 3 enters final testing for end of the year launch" 9to5Mac 12:19 PM
  • "Apple Watch 3 launch likely at year-end 2017, says report" DigiTimes 8:45 AM
  • "Latest Apple Watch 3 rumors: LTE option but no calling, Q4 2017 launch" ZDNet 6:11 PM
  • "Apple Watch 3 is in the 'final test phase' ahead of upcoming launch" BGR 6:12 PM
  • "Alleged Apple 'iPhone 8' internal part mistakenly identified, could instead be external charging pad" AppleInsider 8:13 AM
  • "Supposed iPhone 8 wireless charging PCB component surfaces in new photos" 9to5Mac 8:19 AM
Apple Patent Applications
  • "Apple's invents a Rotationally Symmetric Speaker Array System that can detect where the listener is in the Room" Patently Apple 8:25 AM
  • "Two Apple patents hint at future iterations of the upcoming HomePod" Apple World Today 8:27 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple Now Selling Refurbished 2017 27-Inch iMac Models" MacRumors 3:12 PM
  • "Best Buy Planning 50-Hour Sale With Discounts on iPhone, MacBook, iMac and More This Friday" MacRumors 8:44 AM
  • "10" iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:00 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:00 AM
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:00 AM

  • "Apple MacBook Air (2017) review: An old friend shows its age" CNET 8:26 AM
  • "Review : Bolt-S USB-C cable brings MagSafe back to the Mac" iDownload Blog 8:28 AM
  • "Hands-on: Samsung T5 external SSD – a worthy, faster follow-up to the T3 [Video] 9to5Mac 3:12 PM
  • "Review: Nuvyyo Tablo Dual 64GB Over-the-Air Television DVR" iLounge 11:11 AM
  • "The udop docking station is good, but could be even better" Apple World Today 8:02 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Authorities can't force smartphone access in iOS 11" SearchSecurity 9:19 PM
  • "Play Ball: A First Look at ESPN MultiCast on Apple TV" AppAdvice 11:31 AM
  • "How to move your Spotify playlists to Apple Music" Telegraph 9:20 PM
  • "How to access iCloud Photo Sharing on iPhone and iPad" iMore 3:12 PM
  • "How to set up and pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone" iMore 12:19 PM
  • "How to photograph the eclipse with your iPhone (and how not to)" 9to5Mac 11:07 AM
  • "iOS 11: How to Setup and use Apple Music's new Social Tools" Apple Must 8:00 AM
  • "An iOS 11 feature could let you quickly disable TouchID and keep cops out" TechCrunch 7:54 PM
  • "8 Things You Didn't Know Siri Could Do" [Slideshow] iDrop News 1:08 PM
  • "New iOS 11 Security Feature Lets You Quickly Disable Touch ID" iClarified 1:41 PM
  • "iOS 11 lets you disable Touch ID to keep cops out of your device" Cult of Mac 11:11 AM
  • "iPhone 8 Leak Reiterates Apple's Biggest Gamble" Forbes 7:52 PM
  • "An LTE Apple Watch brings lots of potential problems. Can Apple solve them all?" Australian Macworld 7:52 PM
  • "You're going to hear a lot of FUD about Apple's Secure Enclave being hacked. It wasn't." iMore 6:11 PM
  • "Back to School Technical Resources for Students Who Are Apple Customers" The Mac Observer 5:27 PM
  • "I've been using a little-known Apple program since it began — and I would recommend it to anyone" Business Insider 3:11 PM
  • "A.M. Sacconaghi Jr. Estimates That Google Is Paying Apple $3 Billion to Remain the Default Safari Search Engine" ["If Apple was willing to dump Google Maps, they'd be willing to dump Google Search too."] Daring Fireball 1:08 PM
  • "Why Apple's iPhone 7 Headphones Don't Work on the Latest MacBook" Lifehacker 11:11 AM
  • "Apple Is Still Selling iPods, But Why?" Forbes 9:45 AM
  • "Here's proof that the iPhone 8 will finally catch up to Android in one important way" BGR 9:45 AM
  • "Imagining the iPhone 8 wasn't enough, so a designer dove into iOS 12" BGR 8:57 AM
  • "Why Apple's not going to sell an OLED TV" Mashable 8:45 AM
  • "Apple's CEO Sends out another Preachy Memo to Calm down Snowflake Employees"  Patently Apple 8:25 AM
  • "How Apple can make the AirPods 2 even better: Could noise-cancelling AirPods ever become a reality?" Macworld 8:12 AM
  • "Unfair share: Only one company's environmental record gets examined" Macworld 8:11 AM
  • "This smart lock fiasco proves the Internet of Stupid is alive and well" ReadWrite 8:26 AM
  • "Google Home and Chromecast vs. Amazon Echo and Fire TV: Which is the best hands-free TV experience?" TechHive 8:12 AM
  • "American Fashion Trend for the summer of 2017" The Joy of Tech [cartoon] 8:00 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple promotes iOS 11 for iPad in new ad series" AppleInsider 8:21 PM
  • "Apple Shares New Series of How To Videos Focusing on iPad and iOS 11" MacRumors 8:21 PM
  • "Transforming the Enterprise with iOS" [Paid Membership Required] 4:11 PM
  • "'Through the Ages' Mobile Version to be Released September 14" Touch Arcade 1:08 PM
  • "'Ticket to Earth' Episode 2: Crash is Coming August 24th as a Free Update" Touch Arcade 11:11 AM
  • "Square Enix Have Just Released a Restaurant Management Game Called 'Meshi Quest: Five-Star Kitchen'" Touch Arcade 9:45 AM
  • "ESPN App For Apple TV Can Now Stream 4 Games At Once, A Feature We Didn't Know We Need Until Now" Tech Times 8:56 AM
  • "Tapinator Launches Dice Mage 2" PRNewswire 8:30 AM
  • "Mobile Game Revenues Leading Billion Dollar Gaming Market" PRNewswire 8:30 AM
  • "Animojis run wild to protect animals around the world" PRNewswire 8:30 AM
  • "City of Marietta Enters Testing Phase to Roll Out New 'Smart City' Marietta TravelSafely App: City to Connect First Responders, School Beacons, Driver Feedback Signs, Vehicles, Pedestrians, School and Traffic Signals" Business Wire 8:30 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Research takes inspiration from nature for its latest AI-powered initiative" Neowin 6:42 AM
  • "Microsoft won't release new Windows 10 Fast ring builds until 'installation bug' is squashed" Neowin 11:29 AM
  • "Windows 10 for PCs build 14393.1613 is now available - here's what's fixed" Neowin 6:31 AM
  • "Microsoft releases preview of updated Skype Desktop app" ZDNet 12:34 PM
  • "Skype's much-debated redesign hits the desktop" TechCrunch 12:56 PM
  • "Microsoft Still Doesn't Know When Xbox One X Pre-Orders Will Start" WCCFTech 6:51 AM
  • "Microsoft Touts Serverless Computing With Azure Event Grid" Silicon UK 6:52 AM
  • "Microsoft launched a Chrome extension that allows single corporate sign-in on Windows 10" Neowin 10:40 AM
  • "Microsoft makes a cool extension for Chrome, and should make more" MSPoweruser 6:53 AM
  • "OneNote for Windows 10 August 2017 Feature Update Begins Rolling Out" Thurrott 8:33 AM
  • "Microsoft releases the August update of OneNote for Windows 10 - here's what's new" Neowin 6:31 AM
  • "Intel Coffee Lake event photo confirms leaked specs" Guru3D 6:43 AM
  • "Intel's next-gen CPUs have a name" PC Retail 6:43 AM
  • "Intel's 8th-gen CPUs are called Ice Lake. And so are the 9th-gen: Chipzilla in overlapping naming weirdness mess" The Register 6:43 AM
  • "Asset manager calls Intel a 'hidden value'" Seeking Alpha 7:05 AM
  • "BT and Dell-EMC collaborate to research SDN" CIOL 6:45 AM
  • "BT and Dell EMC Team up to Research Flexible, Software-Defined Networks of the Future" Al Bawaba 6:45 AM
  • "IBM's Watson Turns Dark Data In To Ad Gold, Bob Lord Says" Beet.TV 6:49 AM
  • "IBM Z mainframe debuts in SA" IT-Online 6:49 AM
  • "Oracle's Sales-Staff Revamp Is Bearing Fruit -- WSJ" FOXBusiness 8:17 AM
  • "Oracle considers moving Java EE to an open source foundation" ZDNet 6:50 PM
  • "Lenovo Posts Quarterly Loss on Sliding PCs, Smartphones" Bloomberg 9:19 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Dow Drops Triple Digits After Four-Day Gain as Cisco Triggers Tech Losses: The Dow snaps a four-day winning streak" TheStreet 5:24 PM
  • "US stocks tumble to worst loss in 3 months in broad selling" FOXBusiness 5:25 PM
  • "What Happened in the Stock Market Today" Nasdaq 5:25 PM
  • "Dow Falls 274 Points in Biggest Decline in Three Months: Disappointing earnings, political jitters drag down U.S. stocks" [Paid Membership Required] 5:26 PM
  • "Asian tech stocks jump, but broad gauges end mixed" MarketWatch 7:55 AM
  • "European stocks pull back as Fed rate-hike doubts hurt bank shares" MarketWatch 7:56 AM

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