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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?

  • "Qualcomm Seeks China iPhone Ban, Escalating Apple Legal Fight: Qualcomm Inc. filed lawsuits in China seeking to ban the sale and manufacture of iPhones in the country, the chipmaker's biggest shot at Apple Inc. so far in a sprawling and bitter legal fight."  Bloomberg 12:13 PM
  • "Qualcomm Lawsuits Seek To Cripple Apple With iPhone Production And Sales Ban In China" HotHardware 3:56 PM
  • "A famed Apple analyst said that the company will ditch fingerprint readers for face scanning technology in future iPhones"  Business Insider 8:08 AM
  • "iPhone X: Nice Profits Come To Those Who Wait? An analyst upped his Apple earnings projections for 2018, but he also wonders if the iPhone X will really be able to justify its high price." Barron's 3:15 PM
  • "Apple's Supercyle Is For Real, Says Morgan Stanley"  Investopedia 8:50 AM
  • "Apple's inconsistent iPhone X design guides hint perfection is no longer priority"  The Next Web 8:10 AM
  • "How To Wirelessly Connect Apple TV 4K To Xcode On Mac" Redmond Pie 12:32 PM
  • "Nvidia's Free GeForce NOW Beta Lets You Play System Intensive PC Games on Your Mac" MacRumors 3:48 PM
  • "How to empty your Safari Reading List" Macworld 8:06 AM
  • "System Preferences in macOS High Sierra: App Store" eXtensions 7:39 AM
  • "How to reset the printing system on your Mac" iMore 11:24 AM
  • "A Beginner's Guide to TextEdit" MacMost 10:27 AM
  • "How to add effects to Live Photos in macOS High Sierra" Apple World Today 7:49 AM
  • "Why Apple won't move the Mac to ARM: Apples A10 bionic chip is as fast as many x86 chips. Which leads to speculation that Apple will migrate macOS to its own chips. Here's why that won't happen." ZDNet 11:23 AM
Press Releases
  • "Parallels Desktop 13.1" TidBITS 6:15 PM
  • "Bare Bones Software Releases macOS High Sierra Ready BBEdit 12.0 With 100+ New Features and Improvements" MacPrices 11:15 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Huawei could overtake Apple in smartphone business by 2018: Pro" CNBC Video 8:30 AM
  • "AT&T sees almost 1M fewer upgrades during iPhone 8 launch quarter ahead of iPhone X release" 9to5Mac 11:24 AM
  • "Samsung at 3-Yr High in GB, Apple Growth Up in US" ["In the US, Samsung and Apple sales shares for the three months ending in August were virtually tied at 35.2% and 35.0% respectively."] Kantar Worldpanel 8:11 AM
  • "iOS Gained Market Share in Most Countries This Summer, Although Samsung Drove Gains for Android in UK" MacRumors 8:53 AM
  • "Why Buy a New iPhone When You Could Repair Your Old One? The answer: Because tech companies make it as hard as possible for us to fix their products." The Nation 3:14 PM
  • "Apple Wants to get Closer to Your Heart" Apple Must 11:15 AM
  • "Tim Cook took a stroll in 'breathtaking' Swedish forests with a company that makes Apple's packaging" Business Insider 8:08 AM
  • "ARKit downloads dominated by games so far" Cult of Mac 8:16 AM
  • "Apple Watch saves man from pulmonary embolism" Cult of Mac 6:15 PM
  • "Activists urge Apple to drop apps that play up Philippine drugs war" Reuters 12:12 PM
  • "Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak launches Woz U institute to train people for tech jobs"  VentureBeat 8:19 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Study shows robots are better at slicing humans open than humans are" BGR 6:40 PM
  • "This bug let a researcher bypass GoDaddy's site security tool" ZDNet 12:15 PM
  • "Why swallowable robots could be the future of healthcare: A collaboration by Caltech researchers could pave the way for new therapies by creating tiny devices to monitor the inside of your body." ZDNet 8:24 AM
  • "iPhone Stylus, Disney's Movies Anywhere -TMO Daily Observations 2017-10-13" The Mac Observer 12:30 PM
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 142 | Refocusing iTunes, latest beta changes, and the future of Face ID" 9to5Mac 11:24 AM
  • "Final Cut Pro Radio Episode 49" FCPRadio 10:28 AM
  • "Can Google catch up to Apple in hardware?" Recode 8:24 AM
  • "The new HomeKit abilities you need to know about, this week on The CultCastCult of Mac 8:16 AM
  • "AppleInsider podcast discusses Jony Ive, the latest from Oculus, and the idea of a foldable iPhone" AppleInsider 8:07 AM
  • "How Apple's iPhone X TrueDepth AR waltzed ahead of Google's Tango"  AppleInsider 6:15 PM
  • "Latest report of Apple Pencil compatibility for iPhone goes a step further ..." 9to5Mac 8:10 AM
  • "Rumor: Apple considering iPhone with stylus for launch in 2019" AppleInsider 8:29 AM
  • "Future iPhones May Gain Apple Pencil Support, Copying Signature Galaxy Note Feature" HotHardware 3:56 PM
  • "iPhone X Parts Cost Apple 31% More Than the 7-Plus, Analyst Says/New technology partly explains the iPhone X's lofty $999-and-up price tag. The biggest culprit: Samsung's shiny new Super Retina OLED display." TheStreet 11:24 AM
  • "Face ID will replace Touch ID on all 2018 iPhones" Cult of Mac 8:16 AM
  • "Largan developing 3D sensing solutions" ["Demand for 3D sensing is expected to grow following Apple's adoption of 3D face ID biometrics sensor for the iPhone X."] DigiTimes 8:43 AM
  • "Apple could diversify Face ID TrueDepth camera supply chain with Largan Precision" AppleInsider 8:44 AM
  • "iOS 11 overtakes iOS 10, now installed on nearly half of devices" iDownload Blog 8:17 AM
  • "Apple's Magic Keyboard With Numeric Keypad Now Ships in 6-7 Weeks as Refresh Possible Alongside iMac Pro" MacRumors 8:41 AM
  • "Larger Magic Keyboard shipping slips to 6-7 weeks, could suggest new model with iMac Pro" 9to5Mac 8:10 AM
  • "Adam Donenfeld may possibly work on an iOS 10.3.3 jailbreak"  ModMyi 11:24 AM
  • "iOS 10.3.3 Jailbreak Release Gets New Hope" Redmond Pie 1:14 PM
  • "Apple working on a fix for GarageBand not opening after updating to iOS 11" iDownload Blog 11:40 AM
  • "Apple Still Offering Free Delayed Battery Repairs for Some 2012 and Early 2013 MacBook Pros" MacRumors 11:23 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Sprint offers new iPhone 8 & 8 Plus deals starting at $0 down, $9.72/month" 9to5Mac 8:29 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:39 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:39 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:39 AM

  • "My first week with iPhone 8 Plus: The 'iPhone 8 is boring crowd' aren't the people you want to talk to at parties." Computerworld 12:15 PM
  • "Apple TV 4K review: The ultimate iTunes box has finally arrived" Macworld 8:07 AM
  • "iPad Pro from a college student's perspective" iDownload Blog 8:29 AM
  • "Video: Should you buy the standard Apple Watch Series 3, or the Nike + model?" AppleInsider 2:13 PM
  • "Review: Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad" iLounge 11:23 AM
  • "Review: JBL Pulse 3 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker" iLounge 12:38 PM
  • "Anki Overdrive's app-steered robot race cars get a Fast & Furious boost" Macworld 8:17 AM
  • "Google Home Mini review: Good, but not better than the Echo Dot" TechHive 8:41 AM
  • "Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 2 review: Dalek-shaped delight" The Verge 8:16 AM
  • "Apple TV 4K Screenshot Feature: Here's How To Use It" Redmond Pie 6:15 PM
  • "How to Add Folders to Favorites List in Files for iOS" OS X Daily 6:15 PM
  • "Never lose your parked car again with Siri and Maps" Cult of Mac 1:09 PM
  • "How to shoot 4K video at 60 FPS on iPhone" iDownload Blog 11:23 AM
  • "How to automatically invoke Safari's Reader mode for specific websites" iDownload Blog 8:17 AM
  • "How to stop your iPhone from vibrating when you receive new emails" iDownload Blog 8:17 AM
  • "iOS 11 lets you turn off iPhone or iPad without the power button" AppleInsider 8:23 PM
  • "How to take advantage of iOS 11 privacy options for notification previews" AppleInsider 11:24 AM
  • "3 Possible Reasons Why Apple Discontinued Its Sleep Monitor" iDrop News 8:09 PM
  • "The Blame Game: When Customers Obsess Over an Apple iPhone" The Mac Observer 3:11 PM
  • "Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos' mentor used a simple test to figure out who is a true leader" Business Insider 2:14 PM
  • "Apple rumored to develop an iPhone stylus for launch in 2019" Mashable 12:31 PM
  • "Is it Worth Spending Extra Money on 29W Charger to Fast Charge iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus?" iPhone Hacks 10:28 AM
  • "Sloppiness: Apple's inconsistent iPhone X design guides show attention to detail is no longer a priority" MacDailyNews 10:26 AM
  • "How iPhone X Will Kick Start Facial Recognition Acceptance" Forbes 8:42 AM
  • "A new iPhone X feature was just discovered and it's sheer brilliance" BGR 8:30 AM
  • "Microsoft proves it can be just as pretentious as Apple/Commentary: Did you know that Redmond has created a color called Aqua? It describes the creation in a way that makes Jony Ive seem prosaic."  CNET 8:24 AM
  • "Apple Has Some Puzzling Thoughts on Silicon Valley's Diversity Problem"  GQ 8:13 AM
  • "Apple HomePod: 3 lingering questions"  Macworld 8:07 AM
  • "So you bought a smartphone without a headphone jack. Now what?" New York Times 9:51 PM
  • "This BMW e-bike is an absolute beast, but you'd never know it by looking" BGR 9:40 PM
  • "Opinion: Samsung's Hold on Brexit Britain" Apple Must 12:30 PM
  • "How secure is today's encryption against quantum computers?" BetaNews 11:55 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'The Talos Principle'" Touch Arcade 7:23 PM
  • "Logitech Craft Advanced Wireless Keyboard + Mac" iLounge 2:00 PM
  • "'Arena of Valor' US Release Is in November, Streaming Live Now" Touch Arcade 1:35 PM
  • "Yale's Assure locks can now support Apple HomeKit for $50" The Verge 8:36 AM
  • "Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Forms 'Woz U' to Reprogram Tech Education, Address Skills Gap" Business Wire 8:20 AM
  • "Colorgram App Provides Unique Video Playback With Calming Music to Reduce Stress" PRNewswire 8:20 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft proves it can be just as pretentious as Apple" CNET 9:01 AM
  • "Microsoft and AWS buddy up to democratise machine learning" Telecoms 9:03 AM
  • "Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK launched" ITProPortal 9:03 AM
  • "Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: 10 key enterprise features" Computerworld 8:33 AM
  • "Enterprises to get locked-down Windows 10 in six months" Computerworld 8:32 AM
  • "IBM is using Bollywood movies to identify and neutralize gender bias" Quartz 12:36 PM
  • "Google and IBM launch open-source project to better control containers" ITProPortal 8:55 AM
  • "HP Inc. CEO: 3-D printing & the inevitable manufacturing" CNBC Videos 6:15 PM
  • "HP strapped its Sprocket printer to a camera" The Verge 11:45 AM
  • "HP Expects 2018 Profits to Be at High End of Estimates" " Investopedia 8:51 AM
  • "HP wants to expand its Ripple Effect" Channel Eye 8:50 AM
  • "Ireland's Ray O'Farrell will lead Dell's new $1bn IoT division" SiliconRepublic 8:48 AM
  • "Dell EMC promises to overhaul rebates system" CRN UK 8:48 AM
  • "Some of NOAA's satellites are still dependent on floppy disks" Marketplace 8:47 AM
  • "17-qubit chip could shape next stage of quantum computing development" IT PRO 8:47 AM
  • "AMD vs. Intel at 16 cores: We test Ryzen Threadripper 1950X against Core i9-7960X" PCWorld 8:21 AM
  • "Will AMD Ryzen Laptops Be Cheaper than Intel's?" CIO Today 8:44 AM
  • "Lloyds Banking Group explains why it opted for Oracle over SAP for its cloud ERP migration" Computerworld UK 8:43 AM
  • "MapR Converged Data Platform now available in Oracle Cloud Marketplace for Oracle Cloud customers" Vanilla Plus 8:42 AM
  • "Oracle Open World 2017: 9 announcements to follow from autonomous to AI" ZDNet 3:48 PM
  • "Cisco's ACI adds multi-site support, multi-cloud coming next year" The Register 8:41 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Be Prepared for a Huge Pullback in Apple Inc. Stock: Apple stock in 2017 looks eerily like Apple stock in 2012 and 2015" InvestorPlace 1:45 PM
Industry News
  • "Stock market ends, day week with a gain; Nasdaq logs 57th all-time high: Bank of America logs profit rise; Wells Fargo disappoints on mortgage-related charges" MarketWatch 4:25 PM
  • "Healthcare Stocks Remain Lower Even as Broad Gains Push Markets to Records: Wall Street reached new intraday records on Friday, Oct. 13, even as the White House's surprise cut of healthcare subsidies rocked stocks in the sector." TheStreet 4:25 PM
  • "Data, Tech Stocks boost Wall St" Reuters 4:25 PM
  • "Nasdaq Sets New Record: U.S. bank stocks decline for the third day in row after major lenders kicked off earnings season" [Paid Membership Required] 4:24 PM
  • "Japan's Nikkei spikes above 21,000 for first time since 1996: Asian markets mostly rise to wrap week of milestones" MarketWatch 8:54 AM
  • "DAX on track for another record as Bayer rises on deal news: European stocks head for weekly win" MarketWatch 8:54 AM

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