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Monday Highlights: Apple's deep ties with Amazon cost to the tune of over $30 million per month for their cloud services, amounting to 5 year, $1.5 billion deal; did you know Apple has "an in-house philosopher"?; 9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo delves into what Apple likely to reveal at 2019 WWDC; Apple announces new conservation efforts teaming up with Conservation International and Colombian Communities in effort to protect and preserve "earth's carbon-trapping coastal trees"; JCPenney no longer supporting Apple Pay in stores or mobile app; Apple iPhones with 5G coming in 2020 according to Ming-Chi Kuo.

  • "Apple upgraded because $1,000 iPhone will 'extract' more profits from consumers"  CNBC 7:36 AM
  • "VirnetX Receives Court's Final Judgment Affirming Jury's Verdict of $1.20 Per Infringing Apple Device: $439.7 Million Final Judgment Includes Jury Verdict, Willful Infringement, Interest and Attorney Fees"  PRNewswire 9:20 AM
  • "We see India as a very long-term opportunity: Apple's Eddy Cue/Eddy Cue speaks about the firm's plans for Apple Pay in India, how it plans to expand in the country and the similarities between Steve Jobs and current CEO Tim Cook" Live Mint 3:41 PM
  • "Apple wants to bring its payments service to India, but it won't be easy" The Next Web 7:23 AM
  • "Sen. Franken lauds Apple response detailing Face ID security" AppleInsider 5:54 PM
  • "Face ID Response Letter" Scribd 5:53 PM
  • "Apple must pay $439.7 million for patent infringement; appeal coming" Neowin 6:42 PM
  • "Judge rules Apple must pay $440M to small patent-holding company/Judge: Apple's decision to sell after losing a 2012 trial was 'unreasonably risky.'" Ars Technica 9:20 PM
  • "Report: Apple entered deep acquisition talks w/ health clinic startup as it mulls entry into primary care" 9to5Mac 7:02 PM
  • "Apple investigated purchase of medical clinic start-up, signals larger push into healthcare" AppleInsider 7:02 PM
  • "Adobe issues warning over Flash vulnerability: BlackOasis exploiting vulnerability" Computerworld 5:54 PM
  • "Apple Has Already Patched the WPA2 Wi-Fi KRACK Exploit in iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS Betas" iClarified 2:37 PM
  • "Microsoft is redesigning Outlook for Mac and Windows" The Verge 7:19 AM
  • "Microsoft is working on a big redesign for the Outlook for Mac and Windows apps" iDownload Blog 9:19 AM
  • "Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018 review: Photo editor focuses on automation and artificial intelligence" Macworld 7:06 AM
  • "How to remove macOS High Sierra and downgrade to an older version: Regret upgrading macOS? Here's how to downgrade from High Sierra to an older version of the Mac Operating System." Macworld UK 7:44 AM
  • "System Preferences in macOS, High Sierra: Desktop & Screensaver" eXtensions 9:10 AM
  • "Leaping Into a System Upgrade: Q. I have a three-year-old MacBook Air running OS X 10.9.5 and it has never been upgraded. Can I upgrade to the newest operating system, skipping all the previous upgrades?" New York Times [Free Registration Required] 10:28 AM
Press Releases
  • "Camera Guard 2 Professional Offers Improved Webcam and Mic Protection for the Mac" MacTrast 8:09 AM
  • "Camera Guard 2 Professional - Improved Webcam and Mic Protection for Mac" prMac 7:17 AM
  • "Elements+ Unlocks Even More Hidden Functions in Photoshop Elements" prMac 7:17 AM
  • "The New Mailbutler Beta - The Email Assistant for Gmail and Apple Mail" prMac 7:17 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "IPhone 7 is outselling iPhone 8: analyst/Inc's older iPhone 7 models are outselling the recently launched iPhone 8 ahead of the early November debut of the premium iPhone X, broker KeyBanc Capital Markets said, citing carrier store surveys."  Reuters 9:12 AM
  • "iPhone X, pent up demand predicted to drive Apple sales for years to come -- if all factors line up" AppleInsider 11:06 AM
  • "Uh oh: It looks like the iPhone X's sky-high price is actually scaring away Apple fans"  BGR 10:56 AM
  • "Apple iPhone X in Face-Off as Huawei's Mate 10 Launches: Chinese telecom giant is selling its new flagship as the 'real AI' phone" [Paid Membership Required] 8:24 AM
  • "Huawei Could Overtake Apple This Year: IDC"  Investopedia 7:40 AM
  • "7 Forgotten Apple Products That Failed Miserably"  The Motley Fool 7:36 AM
  • "Qualcomm Files Lawsuit Asking China to Stop Manufacturing and Selling iPhones as Legal Battle With Apple Drags On" MacTrast 8:47 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple offers ice water to Windows users in hell" Cult of Mac 7:25 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Netflix to continue spending spree on content after record subscriber growth" Telegraph 5:52 PM
  • "Netflix's original content costs are ballooning" TechCrunch 5:52 PM
  • "Netflix plans to spend $8 billion to make its library 50 percent original by 2018: That includes a whole lot of original anime series" The Verge 7:49 PM
  • "T-Mobile & Sprint aim to announce merger without asset divestitures" DailyTech 7:20 AM
  • "Google to patch devices vulnerable to KRACK flaw" CNET 1:43 PM
  • "There is a 'devastating' security flaw in Wi-Fi, and you're likely at risk" Business Insider 7:31 AM
  • "Millions of high-security crypto keys crippled by newly discovered flaw" Ars Technica 7:24 AM
  • "WPA2 security flaw puts every Wi-Fi device at risk of hijack" CNET 7:10 AM
  • "World WiFi at risk from KRACK: A team of US researchers have confirmed that an exploit can hack into any WPA-2 wireless network, but details are slim" V3 7:10 AM
  • "Wifi WPA2 security cracked: Android & Linux most vulnerable, but iOS and macOS too [Video] 9to5Mac 7:10 AM
  • "TMO Background Mode Encore Interview with TMO Contributor Kelly Guimont" The Mac Observer 4:08 PM
  • "Are you using Wi-Fi? You're probably screwed (The 3:59, ep. 299): We talk about KRACK, a new vulnerability found in a majority of Wi-Fi hotspots, and dish about 5G." CNET 1:43 PM
  • "KRACK WPA2 Flaw Explained, Qualcomm's Push for iPhone Production Ban -TMO Daily Observations 2017-10-16" The Mac Observer 12:40 PM
  • "#164: My Mother Has a Bunch of Keyboards/Live in Chicago, the boys discuss the Google Home Mini's rough launch, the future of AR at Apple and Federico's baker." Relay FM 10:28 AM
  • "Foxconn begins shipping iPhone X, says report" DigiTimes 7:07 AM
  • "Foxconn Ships First Batch of iPhone X Units" MacRumors 7:08 AM
  • "First shipment of Apple's iPhone X limited to just 46,500 units" AppleInsider 8:47 AM
  • "First iPhone X batch reportedly only contains 46,500 units" Ars Technica 12:45 PM
  • "Behold: The first high-quality photos of Apple's iPhone X in the wild" BGR 7:56 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 11.1 to Developers" MacRumors 12:44 PM
  • "Apple releases third iOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1, and tvOS 11.1 betas" 9to5Mac 12:44 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:54 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:54 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:54 AM

  • "Can an iPad Pro replace your PC? iOS 11 offers true multitasking, but is that enough?" Engadget 10:54 AM
  • "Hands-on: Apple's newest Lightning Dock looks great with the Gold iPhone 8¬†[Video] 9to5Mac 8:24 AM
  • "Roku Streaming Stick review, Roku Streaming Stick + review" TechHive 7:06 AM
  • "Review: Tsumbay TS-BH05 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphone" Apple World Today 2:38 PM
  • "Review: RHA Dacamp L1 Portable DAC/Amp" iLounge 12:44 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "What's new in iOS 11.1 beta 3? Hands-on with changes and features¬†[Video] 9to5Mac 7:47 PM
  • "10 smart browser alternatives to Safari for iOS: While all iOS browsers today use the same core rendering engine as Safari, many of them offer additional functions useful in the enterprise. We've rounded up 10 Safari alternatives: some talkative, some secretive: for Apple's iOS." [Slideshow] IDG News Service 11:57 AM
  • "How To Find Conflicting Files In Google Drive" AddictiveTips 1:03 PM
  • "How to Fix the iOS 11 Battery Drain on Your iPhone and iPad" AppAdvice 10:30 AM
  • "Apple Music Social Profiles and Following Artists" MacMost 10:25 AM
  • "Wi-Fi Calling Not Working on Your New iPhone? It May Need to be Re-enabled" The Mac Observer 5:26 PM
  • "10 Confusing iOS Symbols and What They Actually Mean" iDrop News 3:52 PM
  • "How to Hide the iOS Screenshot Previews in iOS 11" OS X Daily 2:38 PM
  • "iOS 11: How to Make New Notes from Your iPad Pro Lock Screen" The Mac Observer 10:57 AM
  • "5 Things You Didn't Know About Apple Inc.: These facts may surprise you." The Motley Fool 9:20 PM
  • "New survey shows CarPlay support becoming a 'must have' for many iPhone users" 9to5Mac 7:28 PM
  • "Apple's healthcare ambitions beyond the Watch" iMore 6:50 PM
  • "Why Is Apple the Only Company Making Smartwatches for Women?" Daring Fireball 3:53 PM
  • "It's official: iPhone X is the first new iPhone I've been excited about since 2014" BGR 9:15 AM
  • "USB-C is a total dumpster fire because we want it to do too much too quickly: USB-C is what you end up with when you try to get a single cable to do too much across too many devices by cobbling together different standards."  ZDNet 7:52 AM
  • "Apple To Release iPhone With Apple Pencil Support In 2019: Here's Why Steve Jobs Would Be Pissed" Tech Times 7:43 AM
  • "Adventures in clickbait, iPhone cancellation edition" Apple 3.0 7:21 AM
  • "Wi-Fi Security Has Been Breached" Macdrifter 7:17 AM
  • "Google Is Finally Getting Serious About Hardware. Here's Why." Forbes 7:31 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "expressionPad is a new free Synth/Sampler instrument, that was better than I expected" createdigitalmusic 5:32 PM
  • "One of Android's best file transfer apps comes to iOS" Cult of Mac 9:15 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of October 16: Drones, Numbers, iTunes, Genealogy" The MUG Center 9:10 AM
  • "Saïgon iOS 10.2.1 Jailbreak Released For End-Users" Redmond Pie 9:09 AM
  • "Apple Maps now offers public transit directions for Ireland" 9to5Mac 7:38 AM
  • "Native Union adds USB-C to their lineup of exceptional cables" iDownload Blog 7:24 AM
  • "Golf Maestro - One touch golf game for IOS/Android" prMac 7:17 AM
Computer Industry
  • "U.S. Supreme Court to decide major Microsoft email privacy fight" Reuters 3:48 PM
  • "Microsoft's fight with the feds over foreign servers is headed to Supreme Court" The Verge 12:37 PM
  • "Supreme Court will hear U.S.-Microsoft battle over emails" USA Today 8:59 AM
  • "Microsoft has already fixed the Wi-Fi attack vulnerability" The Verge 12:37 PM
  • "Microsoft Already Patched KRACK WPA2 Wi-Fi Exploit, Google Prepping Android Update" HotHardware 5:25 PM
  • "Microsoft shuts down Krank with sneaky Windows update" Computerworld 3:52 PM
  • "Microsoft President Brad Smith blames North Korea for WannaCry ransomware" OnMSFT 8:58 AM
  • "NHS ransomware: Microsoft says North Korea was behind WannaCry attack" IT PRO 8:56 AM
  • "Munich takes further steps to ditch Linux and go back to Windows" The Inquirer 8:56 AM
  • "Microsoft lays off thousands of staff as it commits to the cloud" Computerworld UK 8:55 AM
  • "Microsoft butts heads with Dutch DPA over Windows 10 Privacy" gHacks 8:54 AM
  • "Windows Phone Goes Nearly Extinct in Several Top Markets" Softpedia 8:53 AM
  • "Google Adds Barebones Antivirus Protection To Chrome Browser For Windows" HotHardware 5:25 PM
  • "Windows 10 starts rolling out rebranded Microsoft Store" Neowin 6:20 PM
  • "IBM launches two new services to help businesses move to the cloud" TechCrunch 12:27 PM
  • "IBM and Stellar Announce Blockchain Banking Project - Stellar's Lumens Jumps 160%" Cryptovest 8:45 AM
  • "IBM teams with Dream for payments on the cloud" Banking Tech 8:45 AM
  • "Thomson creates travel search chatbot with IBM Watson" Computerworld UK 8:44 AM
  • "IBM is using the blockchain to speed up and simplify cross-border payments" TechCrunch 7:26 AM
  • "Immerse Yourself in Sweeping Views With Dell's Curved Monitor" Al Bawaba 8:38 AM
  • "From Dell's channel majority push to Bytes-Phoenix union: Five things we've learned this month" CRN UK 8:38 AM
  • "Acer Offers Predator Helios 300 15.6-Inch Full HD Gaming Notebook" Guru3D 8:13 AM
  • "AMD AGESA may bring bugs, warns Asus' Elmor" bit-tech 8:12 AM
  • "AMD Preps AGESA Firmware to support Raven Ridge APUs" Guru3D 8:12 AM
  • "Cisco brings intent-based networking to the data centre" Tech Central 8:08 AM
  • "Cisco chosen by O2 to launch free, public access Wi-Fi in the City of London" New Business 8:07 AM
  • "Cisco releases Application Centric Infrastructure 3.0" Converge 8:06 AM
  • "Black members of Congress push for more diversity in Silicon Valley hires/Rep. Barbara Lee: 'Coding jobs will become the blue collar jobs of the future.'" Ars Technica 6:29 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "This Bank Doesn't Think Apple Is Just a Hardware Company Anymore: Any concerns over iPhone unit volumes has been offset by Apple's 'aggressive market segmentation strategy.'" TheStreet 7:43 AM
  • "Apple's stock jumps after KeyBanc upgrade to buy rating" MarketWatch 7:34 AM
Industry News
  • "All major stock indexes score records as investors await slew of earnings: Tesla slides on report of large-scale firings" MarketWatch 4:00 PM
  • "Stocks Rise but Come Off Highs as Crude Gains Ease: Stocks are higher but retreat from intraday records on Monday." TheStreet 4:00 PM
  • "Wall St. inches up with financials; earnings in focus" Reuters 3:59 PM
  • "Financial Stocks Push U.S. Indexes Higher: The S&P 500, Dow industrials and Nasdaq Composite notch all-time highs" [Paid Membership Required] 3:59 PM
  • "Nikkei continues to surge to two-decade high, leading Asian market gains: Japan's key index makes fresh 21-year high as Australia index closes in on 9-year high" MarketWatch 8:33 AM
  • "Spanish stocks dragged down by Catalonia uncertainty, sapping European benchmark: DAX trades around record highs" MarketWatch 8:33 AM

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