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Weekend 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 to settle for half its planned iPhone X shipments this year: Problematic parts related to face recognition slowed output"  Nikkei 7:52 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone X gamble shows signs of backfiring: OLED panel problems and technical issues relating to Face ID components could mean severe shortages well into next year."  ZDNet 8:19 AM
  • "Apple iPhone X Shipments to Be Half of Forecast, Nikkei Reports" Bloomberg 8:38 AM
  • "All of Apple's Face-Tracking Tech Behind the iPhone X's Animoji"  Wired 7:52 AM
  • "First Month Of iPhone 8 Demand Shows It Is Actually Doing Well" Forbes 7:52 AM
  • "At the debut of Apple's massive new Chicago store, Apple CEO Tim Cook and head of retail Angela Ahrendts gave us 11 minutes to ask them just about anything. We did." [Video]  Facebook: BuzzFeed 7:57 AM
  • "Apple's new glass-walled Chicago flagship store downplays the selling"  USA Today 8:58 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook Is Prepping His Successors -- Here's Who They Could Be: Cook said he's 'preparing as many people' as he can to be the next CEO of Apple." TheStreet 6:00 PM
  • "Tim Cook Comments On iPhone X Availability, His Successor, AR In New Interview" Redmond Pie 8:50 PM
  • "Forecast Apple will take wireless charging R&D overseas after NZ purchase" Stuff: New Zealand 8:52 PM
  • "Apple buys New Zealand-based wireless charging company PowerbyProxi" The Verge 8:52 PM
  • "Apple acquires New Zealand wireless charging company as it 'works to create a wireless future'" 9to5Mac 8:52 PM
  • "Jamf, Microsoft confirm Apple grows in the enterprise" Computerworld 10:54 AM
  • "What to do when ransomware strikes your Mac" Macworld 7:52 AM
  • "MacBook Pro shutting down when asleep? Here's why" Mac Kung Fu 8:30 AM
  • "macOS and iOS: How to Disable Live Photos in FaceTime" The Mac Observer 7:53 AM
  • "System Preferences in macOS, High Sierra: Internet Accounts" eXtensions 9:13 AM
  • "How to take Live Photos during a FaceTime call in macOS High Sierra" Apple World Today 7:47 AM
  • "How to Set All Mac Apps to Prefer Tabs with New Document and Windows" OS X Daily 2:09 PM
  • "Photo Booth Green Screen" MacMost 9:36 AM
  • "Apple's Safari Web Browser Now Uses Much Less Memory" Kirkville 10:25 AM
  • "Your DNS settings may be giving up your privacy" iMore 8:30 AM
Press Releases
  • "Pixelmator Pro: Everything you need to know!" iMore 8:48 PM
  • "UniBeast Hackintosh tool updated for macOS High Sierra" 9to5Mac 1:14 PM
  • "XEffects Viral Video Thirds Plugins for Final Cut Pro X Help Build Bold, Animating Timelines" 10:09 AM
  • "Apple's rapid enterprise growth in Mac, iOS & Apple TV targeted by new Jamf Pro 10 release" AppleInsider 8:54 PM
  • "Jamf Pro 10 coming w/ all-new interface, Jamf + Microsoft partnering on Mac enterprise solution" 9to5Mac 9:32 AM
  • "TechSmith Snagit 2018 Offers More Ways to Communicate Visually" prMac 9:31 AM
  • "Vectorworks, Inc. Talks—Five Key Items in Version 2018 That May Surprise You" Architosh 7:48 AM
  • "PDF Studio 12 is a solid update of its all-in-one PDF editing software for macOS" Apple World Today 7:47 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple's retail chief said that reports she's Tim Cook's successor are 'fake news'" Business Insider 8:11 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook says he plans to groom as many successors as possible: 'I see my role as CEO to prepare as many people as I can to be CEO, and that's what I'm doing. And then the board makes a decision at that point in time,' Apple CEO Tim Cook said." CNBC 10:04 AM
  • "Tim Cook on iPhone X shortages: 'We'll see what happens'" Business Insider 8:52 AM
  • "Tim Cook on rumored iPhone X supply shortages: 'We'll see what happens'" iDownload Blog 8:51 AM
  • "Apple Retail Chief: Fastest Way To Pre-Order iPhone X Is Through The App" BuzzFeed 10:03 AM
  • "Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak: iPhone X is the first iPhone I won't buy on 'day one'" CNBC 7:53 AM
  • "The Woz Won't Be Buying the iPhone X as Soon as It Releases" Investopedia 8:13 AM
  • "Macron Has Some Tough Questions for Irish Leader on Taxing Apple" Bloomberg 8:38 AM
  • "Apple is the World's Most Technologically Advanced Company, Analysts Claim" Apple Must 8:37 AM
  • "What Getting Featured In The New App Store Could Mean For You"  Apptopia 2:08 PM
  • "Apple Pay Launches in Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and UAE" MacRumors 7:52 AM
  • "Apple Pay goes live in Denmark, Finland, Sweden and United Arab Emirates" AppleInsider 7:56 AM
  • "Apple has moved some staff into a trendy Berlin coworking space" Business Insider 8:11 AM
  • "Kindle's new app still won't let you buy books on an iPhone" CNNMoney 8:27 AM
  • "Microsoft: 'Delta Airlines haven't ditched us, they just standardised their bags': Microsoft has rebuffed reports that it has stopped working with Delta Airlines, following the decision to move flight crews over to iOS devices, claiming that the two have an excellent working relationship." The Inquirer 8:57 AM
  • "Third man charged in 'Celebgate' iCloud hacking scheme" Cult of Mac 8:26 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "AT&T's Q3 earnings tell us everything we need to know about cord-cutting" BGR 6:01 PM
  • "AT&T misses revenue expectations in Q3" ZDNet 6:01 PM
  • "Tech companies and U.S. lawmakers are clashing over the need for new regulations targeting political ads" Recode 4:09 PM
  • "Most US workers want to see more AI and robots in the office" ZDNet 2:39 PM
  • "The DOJ says it won't force tech companies to stay quiet while it snoops through customer data" Mashable 2:09 PM
  • "Will Ferrell Tapped For Hilarious #DeviceFreeDinner Campaign" Forbes 11:26 AM
  • "Bad Rabbit ransomware: A new variant of Petya is spreading warn researchers/Organisations in Russia, Ukraine and other countries have fallen victim to what are thought to be a new variant of ransomware." ZDNet 11:39 AM
  • "Gigantic new Reaper 'botnet' could bring down the internet, cyber security experts warn: Fears grow after security researchers spot network of hacked devices that could cause havoc for companies across Europe and the UK" The Sun 10:12 AM
  • "New Google Assistant skills reinvent family game night" Engadget 12:16 PM
  • "Google is slowly letting people say 'Hey Google' to activate its Assistant on their phones" The Verge 10:33 AM
  • "Google negligently sent this user a Pixel 2 unit that failed quality control" The Next Web 8:22 AM
  • "The latest Pixel 2 issues: A high-pitched whine and clicking noises" Ars Technica 1:29 PM
  • "Some Pixel 2 phones are making strange noises" Engadget 8:13 AM
  • "Google wants to help developers make better websites" Engadget 8:13 AM
  • "The Talk Show ✪: Ep. 203, With Special Guest Serenity Caldwell" Daring Fireball 2:14 PM
  • "iPhone X Pre-order Tips, APFS Snapshots Rant-TMO Daily Observations 2017-10-24" The Mac Observer 1:01 PM
  • "Interview: Adobe's Tom Hogarty on the future of the Mac, iPhone X camera, and the evolving definition of photography" 9to5Mac 8:41 AM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 210: A crash course in iPhone pre-ordering" iDownload Blog 8:26 AM
  • "iPhone X available for pre-order on Friday, October 27" Apple 8:03 AM
  • "Apple will reportedly have available only half of the iPhone X units it planned at launch" Business Insider 8:13 AM
  • "iPhone X Demand Won't Be Exceptional: Bernstein" Investopedia 8:14 AM
  • "Apple says the iPhone X will be available in Apple Stores for release" Mashable 9:58 AM
  • "Taiwan market: iPhone 8 devices best-selling smartphones in September" DigiTimes 7:58 AM
  • "Apple-TSMC partnership started from home dinner hosted by Morris Chang, says Jeff Williams" DigiTimes 7:58 AM
  • "Even Apple Is Susceptible to Supply-Chain Bottlenecks" Bloomberg 8:38 AM
  • "Apple is granted a patent for accurate image alignment to a 3D model" Apple World Today 8:03 AM
  • "iOS 11 Bug: Typing 1+2+3 Quickly in the Calculator App Won't Get You 6" MacRumors 4:09 PM
  • "iOS 11.1 Public Beta 5 Download Not Installing? You're Not Alone" Redmond Pie 10:15 AM
  • "Wirelessly charging your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus with a built-in car charger" Apple Support 8:04 AM
  • "Here are the cars that support iPhone 8 and iPhone X wireless charging" TechCrunch 8:04 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Sprint, T-Mobile & Verizon Announce iPhone X Discounts" MacTrast 8:30 AM
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:47 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices (latest models)" MacPrices 7:47 AM
  • "Mac Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:47 AM

  • "Youtube vlog provides close-up look at iPhone X ahead of launch, from inside Caffè Macs" 9to5Mac 8:02 AM
  • "This is the most extensive hands-on video so far of the iPhone X in the wild" BGR 8:03 AM
  • "Blind camera shootout: LG V30 vs iPhone 8 Plus vs Galaxy Note 8" phoneArena 12:04 PM
  • "The Pixel 2 XL's camera makes the iPhone 8 Plus' camera seem flawed" Business Insider 3:47 PM
  • "Watch the iPhone 8 Plus and Google's Pixel 2 XL battle it out in a speed test" Business Insider 8:12 AM
  • "Review: GoPro Hero6 Black" Wired 8:30 AM
  • "Hands-on with Twelve South's re-released HiRise Duet dock for iPhone & Apple Watch" iDownload Blog 10:33 AM
  • "First look: August Smart Lock Pro + Connect with Apple HomeKit" AppleInsider 2:39 PM
  • "Review: Three inexpensive MacBook Pro USB-C hubs from QacQoc" Apple World Today 12:15 PM
  • "E'NOD Mini Ring wireless earphone review" The Gadgeteer 10:14 AM
  • "Review: MyCharge AdventureUltra Portable Charger" iLounge 11:21 AM
  • "Review: Ecoxgear EcoLantern Waterproof Rugged Speaker & Lantern" iLounge 1:01 PM
  • "Review: Oppo HA-2SE Portable DAC/Amp" iLounge 1:55 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iOS 11 will dramatically improve battery life on all iPhones" BGR 8:53 PM
  • "How to 'deep clean' your online activity" BBC 9:32 AM
  • "How to sync Notes for iPhone and iPad" iMore 9:32 AM
  • "How to Sell and Recycle iPhones, iPads, iPods and Macs" Apple Gazette 8:51 AM
  • "Best way to buy your new iPhone" iMore 5:47 PM
  • "How (and when) to pre-order your iPhone X" iMore 5:29 PM
  • "Where to buy the iPhone X in Canada" iMore 8:50 PM
  • "iPhone 8 and 8 Plus trade-ins higher than usual as the iPhone X approaches" BGR 2:38 PM
  • "How to use and train Apple's Siri for Messages, Calendar, and iTunes Music on your iPhone" AppleInsider 11:39 AM
  • "Apple Shares Two Tutorial Videos Covering Portrait Lighting on iPhone 8 Plus" MacRumors 11:21 AM
  • "iOS 11"s Calculator app suffers from input lag if you type too quickly" iDownload Blog 11:21 AM
  • "Why Samsung doesn't beat Apple where it matters"  TechCrunch 4:09 PM
  • "Apple is Solving its Entertainment Business Problems on Multiple Fronts" The Mac Observer 3:45 PM
  • "The Apple-Amazon standoff that makes it so annoying to buy ebooks on your iPhone/Today Amazon rolls out its biggest update to Kindle for iOS since the e-reader launched 10 years ago. Frankly, it's a let-down in its most important area: actually buying books."  Quartz 2:38 PM
  • "iBooks Author Conference Highlights Worries about iBooks Ecosystem"  TidBITS 1:14 PM
  • "The Pixel 2 XL display disaster is great news for Samsung and the iPhone X" BGR 1:01 PM
  • "Quiz: How Well Do You Know Apple?" Entrepreneur 12:03 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program gets more and more convenient" Six Colors 10:15 AM
  • "Are Glasses needed for AR and Mixed Reality to take off?" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:51 AM
  • "The new face of Apple Pay" Apple 3.0 8:29 AM
  • "Apple: Six takeaways from a Toni Sacconaghi survey" Apple 3.0 8:29 AM
  • "Apple iPhone X: We'll soon know if Tim Cook's gamble paid off" VentureBeat 8:22 AM
  • "Outside the tolerance: An adverse reaction to an iOS update" Macworld 7:52 AM
  • "Review: Amazon's 4K Fire TV is feature packed, lightning fast, and wonderfully priced" The Next Web 8:22 AM
  • "Amazon Fire TV (2017) review: everything but the content" The Verge 8:21 AM
  • "Amazon Fire TV (2017) review: This is a step backward, even with 4K HDR" TechHive 8:13 AM
  • "iOS 11's Instructions for Stopping Family Sharing Plan: Transfer Your Kid to Another Family" The Mac Observer 5:31 PM
  • "Comic: iPhone X– Keep It or Sell It?" iMore 8:30 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Microsoft Learning Tools Soon Headed to Word App for iPad" eWeek 6:21 PM
  • "Apple posts two video tutorials for Portrait Lighting on iPhone 8 Plus" AppleInsider 5:28 PM
  • "Logitech MX Ergo Trackball + Mac" iLounge 3:47 PM
  • "Apple's new premium leather case for the $999 iPhone X costs $99" Business Insider 2:41 PM
  • "Fish Flopping Arcade Game 'Corporate Salmon' Releasing November 16th" Touch Arcade 1:29 PM
  • "Some carriers offer free AirPods with iPhone X pre-orders" phoneArena 12:03 PM
  • "iPhone X Arrives at T-Mobile on November 3" Business Wire 11:59 AM
  • "iPhone X Arrives at Sprint on Nov. 3 for $22.22 Per Month with Sprint Flex and Trade-in" Business Wire 11:59 AM
  • "iPhone X Arrives at U.S. Cellular on Friday, Nov. 3" Business Wire 11:59 AM
  • "iPhone X Arrives at Xfinity Mobile on November 3 at 8:00 AM Local Time" Business Wire 11:59 AM
  • "Vision transforms your Home screen icons into moving 3D shapes" iDownload Blog 8:26 AM
  • "OneTouch® Blood Sugar Monitoring System Shown to Exceed Accuracy Standard and Improve Glycemic Control in Two New Studies" PRNewswire 8:24 AM
  • "No Need to Wait for Apple & Google App Store Approval: AppsVillage Makes it Possible to Create an App and Make it Available Immediately" PRNewswire 8:24 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft drops its US government lawsuit following revised gag orders" The Verge 7:21 AM
  • "DOJ changes 'gag order' policy, Microsoft to drop lawsuit/Brad Smith, Microsoft's attorney: 'It is an unequivocal win for our customers.'" Ars Technica 7:28 AM
  • "Microsoft drops lawsuit after DOJ limits use of gag orders when accessing customer data" TechCrunch 7:21 AM
  • "Microsoft drops its lawsuit over gag orders on DoJ searches: A new policy limits data requests that prevent companies from telling customers." Engadget 7:29 AM
  • "Microsoft to drop lawsuit after US government revises data request rules: US DOJ changes data request rules on alerting internet users about agencies accessing their information" Computerworld 7:29 AM
  • "Microsoft to drop data request lawsuit" Seeking Alpha 6:51 AM
  • "Microsoft drops suit over U.S. secrecy rules after DOJ limits use of gag orders by prosecutors" GeekWire 7:22 AM
  • "Microsoft introduces a free, dedicated Azure Container Service for Kubernetes" ZDNet 12:25 PM
  • "Microsoft's rebranded Azure Container Service shifts its focus to Kubernetes" TechCrunch 3:01 PM
  • "Microsoft Azure Gets The Managed Kubernetes Service" Forbes 8:51 PM
  • "Microsoft: 'Delta Airlines haven't ditched us, they just standardised their bags'" The Inquirer 7:25 AM
  • "The October update of OneNote for Windows 10 is here" Neowin 3:08 PM
  • "Microsoft and the NFL look to partner once again around charity" OnMSFT 4:31 PM
  • "Microsoft is supporting NFL Players and their charitable causes with their new campaign" MSPoweruser 4:31 PM
  • "Microsoft provides first target dates for its Skype for Business to Teams migration" ZDNet 5:28 PM
  • "Dell expands PC-as-a-service options" ZDNet 7:34 AM
  • "Dell expands its PC as a Service offerings" Neowin 2:26 PM
  • "Cisco to buy software company BroadSoft for $1.71 billion" Reuters 7:48 AM
  • "Cisco Buys BroadSoft, Now What? BroadSoft acquisition accelerates Cisco's cloud strategy, creating intriguing possibilities but also raising some long-term questions." No Jitter 7:48 AM
  • "Here's Why Cisco Is Paying Nearly $2 Billion for BroadSoft" Fortune 7:50 AM
  • "Cisco unveils AI powered Predictive Services: Cisco's suite of predictive services anticipates IT failures, mitigates risk, reduces maintenance costs, and assists organizations in attaining the necessary skills to transform their businesses." The Economic Times 7:51 AM
  • "US: Cisco acquires Broadsoft for $1.9 billion" Gears of Biz 7:51 AM
  • "Cisco unveils industry's first predictive services powered by AI" Deccan Chronicle 7:50 AM
  • "Cisco wants to close digital skills gap through education" ITProPortal 7:48 AM
  • "AMD's 16-Core 'Threadripper 1950X' Gets Massive $120 Price Drop To $879 On Amazon" WCCFTech 7:51 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X Enthusiast CPU Gets A Hefty Price Cut On Amazon" HotHardware 5:28 PM
  • "AMD beats Q3 estimates, outlook light" ZDNet 6:02 PM
  • "AMD Tumbles After Flat Forecast Fails to Satisfy Investors" Bloomberg 8:41 PM
  • "Intel says VROC RAID isn't dead, it's just trapped in a hardware bundle: VROC RAID will only come bundled with new motherboards or with new Intel SSDs." PCWorld Australia 7:51 AM
  • "ASUS Intros The WS C621E SAGE Dual Xeon LGA 3647 Workstation Motherboard — Supports Xeon CPU Overclocking, Up To 768 GB ECC Memory" WCCFTech 7:52 AM
  • "Industry Rivals Flag Security Issues on Google Play Store, Chrome" eWeek 8:58 AM
  • "Chromebooks are seeing huge adoption in Canada" Neowin 5:27 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple is ticking higher despite reports of continued iPhone X supply issues" Business Insider 8:41 AM
  • "How Retail Keeps Apple Inc. Stock a Serious Buy: Good things are happening and that's great news for AAPL stock" InvestorPlace 8:12 AM
Industry News
  • "Positive Earnings Drive Dow to New Record in Best Performance in a Month: Powerhouse performances from Caterpillar and 3M inspire a Dow rally, leading the index to new all-time highs in its 54th record close of the year." TheStreet 5:59 PM
  • "Dow's big rally driven by just two blue-chip stocks" USA Today 5:59 PM
  • "GM shares rise on earnings beat, solid forecast" FOXBusiness 11:54 AM
  • "European stocks mixed; Apple supplier AMS soars" Reuters 11:54 AM
  • "Dow Industrials Surge on Strong Earnings from Caterpillar, 3M: More than half of S&P 500 companies will have reported results this week" [Paid Membership Required] 6:00 PM
  • "Nikkei pushes to extend win streak to 16 sessions even as Dow, S&P runs are halted" MarketWatch 8:05 AM
  • "European stocks wobble in muted action, but earnings provide some uplift" MarketWatch 8:05 AM

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