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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 Is Facing a Double Standard"  Above Avalon 2:50 PM
  • "iPhone 8 Posts Weak Initial Sales, Pressuring iPhone X: Soft iPhone 8 sales stem partly from confusion over the trio of phones Apple is releasing this year" [Paid Membership Required] 8:03 AM
  • "Weak iPhone 8 sales partly from confusion" [Video Report] CNBC 3:42 PM
  • "Does the iPhone 8 have what it takes to be a success?"  asymco 7:54 AM
  • "Apple Inc.'s Post-iPhone X Super Cycle: Apple's opportunity to get current iPhone users to finally upgrade will become even bigger next year." The Motley Fool 8:03 AM
  • "Apple vehemently denies Bloomberg's suggestion of reduced Face ID accuracy"  BetaNews 7:47 AM
  • "Apple: Claims Face ID on the iPhone X have been downgraded are 'completely false'" V3 8:05 AM
  • "Windows fade as business develops a taste for Apple: With a big range of major name deals and key partnerships, Apple is chipping away at the Windows heartlands" Computerworld 9:44 AM
  • "Apple's Machine Learning Engine Could Surface Your iPhone's Secrets"  Wired 7:50 AM
  • "Apple Urges Fed. Circ. To Junk $506M Patent Loss To U. Wis." Law360 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:49 AM
  • "Apple vs. Samsung Lawsuit to Drag Into Seventh Year With Retrial Scheduled Next May" MacRumors 9:33 AM
  • "Apple, other tech companies back LGBT cause in Supreme Court case involving wedding cake baker" AppleInsider 7:43 PM
  • "Apple, other tech companies back LGBTQ efforts in Supreme Court wedding cake case" 9to5Mac 8:49 PM
  • "SAP, Capital One detail work with Jamf in enterprise Mac deployments" AppleInsider 4:27 PM
  • "OSX/Proton Malware is Back! Here's What Mac Users Need to Know" Intego 12:07 PM
  • "Apple Seeds Fifth macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 Beta to Developers" MacRumors 12:21 PM
  • "Apple Releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 Beta 5 to Developers [Download] iClarified 1:26 PM
  • "Apple releases fifth macOS 10.13.1 beta" 9to5Mac 6:16 PM
  • "Getting APFS resizing errors using Disk Utility? This fix may help!" iMore 9:32 AM
  • "Why Photos for macOS says an image is an unsupported image format" Macworld 7:36 AM
  • "How to delete the apps left over after an iTunes 12.7 install to regain storage on macOS or Windows" AppleInsider 2:13 PM
  • "How to browse all the auto-saved versions of your Mac documents" Cult of Mac 4:27 PM
  • "Permanently Zoom Specific Websites with Safari on macOS" Kirkville 8:04 AM
  • "Amazon Revokes Delicious Library API Access" Michael Tsai 5:24 PM
Press Releases
  • "FileMaker Cloud Joins the FileMaker 16 Platform with New Features" PRNewswire 9:30 AM
  • "Pixplant is a simple, but powerful, pro texturing tool for macOS" Apple World Today 7:35 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Steel frames rise at next-gen Apple store in Seattle's University Village mall" AppleInsider 8:48 PM
  • "Apple will invest $1 billion in TV, but don't expect Game of Thrones: Hollywood insiders paint a picture of a conservative company testing the waters." Ars Technica 2:48 PM
  • "Googler proves any iPhone app with camera permission can spy on you"  The Next Web 7:47 AM
  • "iOS camera permissions allow rogue apps to surreptitiously photograph & video users [Video] 9to5Mac 7:34 AM
  • "Warning over iPhone apps that can silently turn on cameras at any time" Telegraph 8:05 AM
  • "Google Developer Claims iPhone Camera Permissions Turn Rogue Apps Into Peeping Toms" HotHardware 5:03 PM
  • "The cochlear implant Apple helped develop has officially launched" Cult of Mac 7:54 AM
  • "Cochlear releases first MFi hearing implant created in partnership with Apple" iDownload Blog 10:29 AM
  • "Apple, General Motors join group lobbying for immigrant 'Dreamers'" Reuters 12:31 PM
  • "India overtakes US to become second largest smartphone market" ["Apple began local production in India earlier this year, and its iPhone shipments more than doubled to 900,000 units in Q3 2017 compared with Q3 2016, impressive growth in a market that is skewed toward low-end smartphones."] Canalys 9:32 AM
  • "Apple's expanded Century City store in LA to launch alongside iPhone X on Nov. 3" AppleInsider 1:16 PM
  • "iPhone X's Have Already Sold For Over $8,000 On eBay" Forbes 1:40 PM
  • "Crazy new trend: Small boom in iPhone 8 trade-ins... already/It seems that some folks who bought iPhone 8 devices in the last month or so now want to trade up to the iPhone X. It's gonna cost them. Next time, we advise just thinking through your purchase before you buy." ZDNet 8:48 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "The Galaxy S9 won't have the under-screen fingerprint sensor that eluded Apple" BGR 3:42 PM
  • "Google partners with fact-checking network to fight fake news" Engadget 2:13 PM
  • "AI bot rips off human eyes, easily cracks web CAPTCHA codes. Ouch" The Register 1:14 PM
  • "Backblaze: Here's how reliable high capacity drives are/Backblaze, the cloud backup provider, has released its latest drive reliability numbers, including 8, 10, and 12TB drives, as well as older 4, 5, and 6TB drives. 'Consumer' drives continue to beat, slightly, 'Enterprise' drives in reliability. Here's what you need to know." ZDNet 12:07 PM
  • "Meet the High Schooler Shaking Up Artificial Intelligence" Wired 11:36 AM
  • "Developers wish people would remember what a big deal the Y2K bug was" The Next Web 7:47 AM
  • "iPhone X Pre-order versus iPhone 8 -TMO Daily Observations 2017-10-26" The Mac Observer 12:18 PM
  • "A High Sierra USB installer, Raspberry Pi AirPrint server, and tmutil -Terminal Tinkering 8" The Mac Observer 7:35 AM
  • "iPhone 8 pre-orders set to begin in Korea" ZDNet 8:02 AM
  • "How fast charging works on the iPhone 8 and iPhone X" iMore 7:54 AM
  • "Apple WatchOS 4.1 adds Wi-Fi control for LTE watches" CNET 7:46 AM
  • "Leaked Release Notes for watchOS 4.1 GM" iClarified 8:04 AM
  • "iOS 11.2 Beta 1 Download Release Date Apparently Set For Next Week" Redmond Pie 11:05 AM
  • "Apple patent involves devices with millimeter wave yagi antennas" Apple World Today 8:12 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple Online Store goes down in preparation for iPhone X preorders" 9to5Mac 8:49 PM
  • "Apple online store goes down in preparation of iPhone X preorders" AppleInsider 8:49 PM
  • "Apple's Online Store Down Ahead of iPhone X Pre-Orders" MacRumors 8:49 PM
  • "Best Buy gives iPad Pro a $150 price cut" Cult of Mac 3:43 PM
  • "10' iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:34 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:34 AM
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:34 AM

  • "The iPhone X Camera: How Does It Stack Up to the Competitors? Apple has some tough competition on its hands." Inverse 7:45 AM
  • "Review: Latest Apple Watch shows potential as very sweet medical device" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:32 AM
  • "Apple Watch is a better iPod thanks to streaming music: Watch OS 4.1 adds new Radio and streaming music features to Apple Watch Series 3. It feels great, but you'd better get used to using Siri." CNET 7:46 AM
  • "The iPad Pro as main computer for programming"  Jannis Hermanns 10:00 AM
  • "Review: Logitech's Craft Advanced Keyboard increases productivity, but app support is limited" AppleInsider 7:33 AM
  • "A review of Belkin's USB-C 3.1 Express Dock HD: Plenty of ports, at a price" Apple World Today 1:20 PM
  • "Review: Incipio Ghost Qi 15W Wireless Charging Base" iLounge 3:28 PM
  • "Review: Fibaro HomeKit-compatible Flood Sensor" iLounge 2:47 PM
  • "How to Hide Recent & Suggested Apps from iPad Dock in iOS 11" OS X Daily 1:55 PM
  • "How to unfreeze your credit before buying the iPhone X" Cult of Mac 12:12 PM
  • "iOS 11 Feature Focus: Screen Recording" Thurrott 10:56 AM
  • "Gifting iTunes Movies, Music and More" MacMost 10:20 AM
  • "5 Tips to Score an iPhone X on Pre-Order Day" iDrop News 4:27 PM
  • "iPhone X pre-orders: Tips to be among first to get Apple's flagship" ZDNet 8:48 AM
  • "How to preorder iPhone X with Apple's battle-tested Apple Store app" AppleInsider 7:33 AM
  • "Angela Ahrendts Profiled by BuzzFeed" ["Apple can make it stores as beautiful as they want, but until it can more effectively manage the many, many customers who show up needing support, the stores will still be frustrating."]  512 Pixels 3:29 PM
  • "No, Apple's Machine Learning Engine can't surface your iPhone's secrets" iMore 12:21 PM
  • "You won't find Apple's greatest secret feature on any iPhone" BGR 10:48 AM
  • "What You Need to Know about the iOS Camera Access Privacy Loophole" The Mac Observer 4:25 PM
  • "iPhone apps with camera permission: How Apple could better protect our privacy"  iMore 10:06 AM
  • "Analyst: One iPhone X bottleneck down, one to go" Apple 3.0 9:07 AM
  • "Opinion: Was Apple Watch Series 3 worth the upgrade from Series 2?" iDownload Blog 8:15 AM
  • "Who's afraid of Apple? One of the 'Frightful Five' is not like the others." Apple 3.0 8:04 AM
  • "Report traces the years of research behind the iPhone X's Animoji feature" BGR 8:04 AM
  • "How Apple Inc. Can Justify a $1,200 iPhone X in 2018" The Motley Fool 8:03 AM
  • "Should you buy an iPhone X on launch day? At the end of the day it's your money, so feel free to do what you want. But here are my thoughts." ZDNet 8:02 AM
  • "Three MacBook mistakes: Will Apple correct course?"  Macworld 7:38 AM
  • "Mr. Mojo Fallin': Apple's supply chain problem" Macworld 7:37 AM
  • "Without better partner skills, Google can't compete in the cloud: What's stopping the third-largest public cloud company from becoming No. 1? Partners." ZDNet 1:16 PM
  • "The Google Pixelbook Made Me Alter My Existence" Gizmodo 8:51 AM
  • "Axios Review: Google's Pixelbook is a worthy option for the always-connected" Axios 8:15 AM
  • "Google Pixelbook Review: emperor of Chrome" The Verge 8:15 AM
  • "Google Pixelbook review: Android and Google Assistant transform the Chromebook" PCWorld 8:15 AM
  • "Google Pixelbook review: A premium Chromebook that's worth the price" Engadget 8:15 AM
  • "Google Pixelbook Review: The Mack Daddy of All Chromebooks" Wired 8:15 AM
  • "Review: My 5 favorite things about the new Google Pixelbook" BGR 8:15 AM
  • "Review: Google's Pixelbook is everything we'd hoped for, but will anyone buy it?" The Next Web 8:15 AM
  • "Google Pixelbook review: $1,000 gets you the best Chromebook" Mashable 8:14 AM
  • "Google Pixelbook review: the Chromebook grows up" TechCrunch 8:14 AM
  • "Foldable smartphones that open up into tablets are destined to flop" Mashable 7:47 AM
  • "The fear and fantasy of broadband price hikes: Will higher internet prices negate the benefits of dumping cable TV? Here's some perspective." TechHive 7:37 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Download: Cydia Eraser For iOS 10.2, 10.2.1, 10.3.3 Jailbreak Released" Redmond Pie 4:27 PM
  • "Intego Launches New Podcast Series: Intego Mac Podcast" Intego 3:29 PM
  • "Asmodee Digital Releases Trailers for 'Scythe' and 'Catan Stories', Announces Even More Upcoming Games" Touch Arcade 3:28 PM
  • "iPhone X Pro Guide - Guide book released for iPhone X and iOS 11" prMac 1:54 PM
  • "Tim Cook and Eric Schmidt stripped down to try this new kind of shower head and wound up investing" Business Insider 10:47 AM
  • "Honda's liquid-cooled Gold Wing is the first motorcycle with CarPlay" The Verge 10:06 AM
  • "EVgo Announces Mobile App Empowering Drivers To DC Fast Charge With Just The Swipe Of A Finger" PRNewswire 9:30 AM
  • "X-Rite Announces New i1Studio for Expert Color Results from Capture to Print" PRNewswire 9:30 AM
  • "Present With Ease And Efficiency With Canon U.S.A.'s New Wireless Handheld PR5-G Presenter" PRNewswire 9:30 AM
  • "Sketchnoting in educational settings: using your iPad as a window" Apple World Today 8:16 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft easily beats the Street as its cloud run rate passes $20B a year early" TechCrunch 5:37 PM
  • "Microsoft FY18 Q1 earnings: Surface and Windows up; phone still immaterial" Neowin 6:11 PM
  • "Microsoft revenue up 12% to $24.5 billion, powered by commercial cloud business" GeekWire 6:15 PM
  • "Microsoft 1Q18: Office 365 is booming, Azure continues to climb" Ars Technica 6:47 PM
  • "Microsoft up after Q1 beats, achieves $20B Cloud goal" Seeking Alpha 5:04 PM
  • "Microsoft (MSFT) Q1 2018 Results - Earnings Call Transcript" Seeking Alpha 8:54 PM
  • "Microsoft's first consumer Surface was released five years ago today on Oct. 26, 2012" Windows Central 7:17 AM
  • "Microsoft and Harman Kardon built a smart speaker that's more speaker than smart" Quartz 7:17 AM
  • "Microsoft to no longer continue production of Kinect: Microsoft's Kinect is officially dead, but a part of it will still be alive through Hololens." BGR India 7:17 AM
  • "Microsoft kills off the Kinect after seven years: Firm ditches £100 peripheral to focus on, er, £4,000 HoloLens" The Inquirer 4:01 PM
  • "Microsoft Reportedly Developing Folding Surface Tablet Reviving Famed Courier Concept" HotHardware 5:02 PM
  • "Microsoft is working on a foldable device with a focus on pen and digital ink" Windows Central 9:45 AM
  • "Microsoft's Surface Phone is reportedly real, might be released next year" Neowin 5:19 PM
  • "Microsoft's new open source tool can scan your website for security and performance headaches" ZDNet 6:40 AM
  • "Microsoft's game broadcast service Mixer now works in 21 languages: You can find streams in Chinese, Russian, Spanish and beyond." Engadget 6:58 AM
  • "Windows 10 apps: Microsoft's new tool helps developers test UI features" ZDNet 10:22 AM
  • "Intel aims to be inside your artificial intelligence stack" ZDNet 6:40 AM
  • "IBM brings 3D stacking to FlashSystem" ZDNet 6:48 AM
  • "IBM veteran La Rose takes over as ANZ MD" ZDNet 6:49 AM
  • "Dell XPS 15 with infinity display now available in India" The Indian Wire 7:00 AM
  • "Dell's 'XPS 15" Notebook Launched In India" 7:00 AM
  • "Dell unveils XPS 15 notebook for India" The Asian Age 7:00 AM
  • "Dell XPS 15 notebook with InfinityEdge display launched in India for Rs 1,17,990" 91 Mobiles 7:01 AM
  • "Dell launches XPS 15 notebook in India starting at Rs 1,17,990: The Dell XPS 15 houses an Intel Quad Core processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics." Digit 7:02 AM
  • "Report: Dell domain takeover could have spread malware" SC Media 7:01 AM
  • "Dell web address grabbed by third party" BBC 10:47 AM
  • "Dell URL hijacked after firm failed to renew: Website used for backup and recovery services went missing this summer" The Inquirer 5:05 PM
  • "Intel shares up on Q3 beats, FY guidance raise" Seeking Alpha 5:18 PM
  • "Coffee Lake, Cannon Lake and beyond: Intel's next chips/Intel has delivered a 'once-in-a-decade' performance upgrade to its line of mobile processors. Here's what it means for your next laptop—and what's on deck for the future." CNET 7:08 AM
  • "Intel aims to be inside your artificial intelligence stack" ZDNet 7:08 AM
  • "Intel starts shipments of Stratix 10 SX SoC FPGAs" new electronics 7:08 AM
  • "Intel ships Stratix 10 FPGA with ARM Cortex-A53" Converge! 7:08 AM
  • "Intel integrates FPGA and ARM CPU: Intel says it has begun shipping its Intel Stratix 10 SX FPGA —the only high-end FPGA family with an integrated quad-core ARM Cortex-A53. It is manufactured on Intel's 14nm finfet process." Electronics Weekly 7:09 AM
  • "Guess Who Intel Tapped for Help With Its New AI Chip? It's no secret that Intel has been making massive investments in the AI space, but the company is collaborating with an unlikely partner for its latest efforts." The Motley Fool 7:16 AM
  • "AMD Launches Ryzen Mobile Combining Zen And Vega To Take On Intel In Powerhouse Laptops" HotHardware 5:03 PM
  • "AMD releases its first Ryzen APUs, aimed at ultra-thin, high-end laptops: Ryzen 5 and 7 APUs coming to laptops from Acer, HP and Lenovo soon" The Inquirer 5:04 PM
  • "AMD claims that 15W Ryzen 7 2700U APU outperforms 91W Intel Core i5-7600K Kaby Lake desktop CPU: AMD wheels out Cinebench again to show off Ryzen performance against Intel" The Inquirer 5:04 PM
  • "AMD takes on Intel with new Ryzen processors for laptops: This year's core wars are going mobile" The Verge 9:35 AM
  • "AMD's Ryzen CPU with Vega graphics threatens to blow Kaby Lake out of the water: Desktop Ryzen was competitive with Intel. Mobile Ryzen looks to go one better." Ars Technica 10:26 AM
  • "AMD Launches Ryzen Mobile APUs Combining Zen And Vega For Powerhouse Laptops" HotHardware 9:45 AM
  • "AMD reveals first Ryzen processors for laptops to take on Intel U-series" Seeking Alpha 9:54 AM
  • "AMD stuffs Radeon Vega graphics into its Ryzen Mobile chips: It wants to bring desktop-class speed and graphics into ultrathin notebooks." Engadget 11:41 AM
  • "Ryzen processors show strong sales, proving to be just the tonic AMD needs" TechRadar UK 7:05 AM
  • "AMD Turned A Profit Off The Back Of Ryzen Success" MegaGames 7:06 AM
  • "Cisco and Google announce new open hybrid cloud solution" Tech City 7:06 AM
  • "Oracle ZFS man calls for Big Red to let filesystem upstream into Linux: Also reveals Big Red's 'ugly' five-year project to replace 12PB of NetApp with ZFS" The Register 7:18 AM
  • "SAP overhauls sales practices as it faces U.S. probe on South Africa" Reuters 6:39 AM
  • "Big hard disks may be breaking the bathtub curve: 1,240 10+TB hard disks installed, and not a single one has gone bad." Ars Technica 1:18 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
Industry News
  • "Dow Leads Market on Healthy Gains From Nike, DowDuPont: Stocks are mostly higher on Thursday, Oct. 26, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average the best performer after a triple-digit tumble a day earlier." TheStreet 11:55 AM
  • "Stocks Climb on Earnings, ECB Plan to Slow Bond Buying: Corporate earnings drive steep swings in individual U.S. stocks in one of the busiest days for third-quarter results" [Paid Membership Required] 11:57 AM
  • "Nikkei, Shanghai indexes manage small wins as market mood shifts downward" MarketWatch 7:20 AM
  • "Spanish stocks lead European market higher, as investors brace for ECB move" MarketWatch 7:20 AM

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