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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 Design Chief Jonathan Ive on the iPhone X: We Had to Solve 'Extraordinarily Complex Problems'"  Time 9:46 AM
  • "Source: Apple Is Looking To Intel To Power Super-fast 5G iPhone/While Qualcomm currently has a more advanced 5G modem, Apple engineers believe Intel's technology will satisfy its requirements for a future iPhone."  Fast Company 7:01 PM
  • "Apple's laptop designs are cornering Mac users" ["Is the Mac doing well or is the Mac user base frustrated at the last few years of Apple's stewardship of the platform? It might be a little bit of both."]  Macworld 7:52 AM
  • "Demand the Supply: Ranking Consumer Electronics and Jewelry Retail Companies on their Efforts to Develop Conflict-Free Minerals Supply Chains from Congo" ["Apple Inc. emerged as the clear leader, scoring 114 out of a possible 120 points, plus an additional eight points in extra credit. Although even a perfect score would not mean a company has no more work to do, Apple's consistent fulfillment of the rankings criteria indicates the company has committed substantial resources to developing processes for sourcing minerals from mines that benefit Congolese communities."]  Enough Project 8:19 AM
  • "Apple praised for promoting conflict-free minerals trade" Cult of Mac 8:21 AM
  • "Apple could be a $1 trillion company within the next year, top analyst says" ["A 'renaissance' in China, a 'major upgrade cycle' thanks to the iPhone X, and the growth of the services business will drive Apple shares higher"]  CNBC 8:23 AM
  • "Apple to $1 Trillion in 2018? An iPhone X Supercycle Could Be the Catalyst: The iPhone X will be the engine that drives Apple to become the first company to achieve a 13-digit market cap, according to one tech analyst." TheStreet 10:56 AM
  • "Apple Holds on to Tax Billions as Irish Set to Miss Deadline"  Bloomberg 8:46 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Fourth macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 Beta to Developers" MacRumors 1:09 PM
  • "Apple Releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 Beta 4 to Developers [Download] iClarified 1:09 PM
  • "Brilliant concept brings Touch Bar to the Mac Mini" Cult of Mac 4:14 PM
  • "Lay down a sick beat with the best laptops for music production" ["Our Pick: MacBook Pro (15-inch with Touch Bar)"]  Digital Trends 2:46 PM
  • "Apple Starts Pushing High Sierra on Unsuspecting Mac Users" TidBITS 8:40 AM
  • "1Blocker Settings for Rune Scripts" Macdrifter 9:51 AM
  • "How to put your Mac's media keys in control of iTunes once again" iMore 8:12 AM
  • "How to ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ without tears on iOS, Mac... and Android" Apple Must 3:13 PM
  • "How to Access iCloud Drive from Command Line in Mac OS" OS X Daily 2:43 PM
  • "Converting Currency Values in Numbers" MacMost 9:49 AM
  • "Apple Needs a Smarter Way to Encourage macOS Upgrades" The Mac Observer 3:50 PM
  • "The state of VR on the Mac in one frustrating email" VR on Mac 3:15 PM
Press Releases
  • "Feral Releases DiRT Rally for macOS" MacRumors 8:03 AM
  • "Deezer's New Desktop App for macOS Lets Subscribers Stream Lossless Audio" MacRumors 8:03 AM
  • "DEVONthink To Go 2.4 updated for iPhone X, adds PDF and sheet editors" DEVONtechnologies 7:40 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple VP of diversity and inclusion Denise Young Smith is leaving" TechCrunch 4:14 PM
  • "Apple VP of Diversity and Inclusion Denise Young Smith Leaving the Company" MacRumors 4:43 PM
  • "Apple to Reportedly Launch Streaming Service in 2018" Zacks 9:47 AM
  • "VFX artist shows how iPhone X TrueDepth camera could be used for 3D animation" 9to5Mac 7:53 AM
  • "Nokia Threat Intelligence Report: iOS remains the most secure mobile operating system" iDownload Blog 8:03 AM
  • "The 25 Best Inventions of 2017" ["Apple iPhone X"] Time 11:44 AM
  • "Galaxy S9 benchmarks might've just leaked, and the iPhone X crushes them" BGR 8:03 AM
  • "Was Apple Inc. Really the Fourth Largest Laptop Vendor in Q3?" InvestorPlace 10:45 AM
  • "Best Buy Pinched by Later iPhone Launch: The electronics retailer attributed softness in its mobile sales to Apple's iPhone X going on sale in the first month of the fourth quarter" [Paid Membership Required] 2:46 PM
  • "Best Buy Q3 solid, but later iPhone X launch dinged revenue upside" ZDNet 8:21 AM
  • "Apple's new iPad Pro spot asks 'what's a computer?'" iMore 4:14 PM
  • "Apple Posts 'What's a Computer' Video Promoting the iPad Pro" MacStories 4:49 PM
  • "Teenage schoolgirl 'electrocuted after rolling on to iPhone cable in her sleep': Le Thi Xoan found unconscious with phone by her side" The Independent 8:08 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Kaspersky: NSA Computer Was Infested With Malware" PC Magazine 8:58 PM
  • "Toshiba says not in talks to with any company over PC unit sale" Reuters 8:57 PM
  • "Mashable Agrees to Sell to Ziff Davis for Around $50 Million: Price is a fraction of company's valuation less than two years ago, a sign of skepticism for digital media" [Paid Membership Required] 7:36 PM
  • "Google will stop letting sites use AMP format to bait and switch readers" The Verge 2:43 PM
  • "EA Has Removed Star Wars Battlefront 2's Microtransactions Hours Before Launch" Forbes 8:50 PM
  • "EA denies accusations that 'Star Wars Battlefront II' loot boxes are a form of gambling" Mashable 4:14 PM
  • "The new Star Wars video game is under attack" CNNMoney 12:05 PM
  • "This is where your old technology goes to die" [Video Report] Mashable 10:03 AM
  • "The FCC gives 4K, next-gen TV the green light" TechHive 7:34 PM
  • "F.C.C. Opens Door to More Consolidation in TV Business" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 4:48 PM
  • "Sorry, poor people: The FCC is coming after your broadband plans" Ars Technica 3:37 PM
  • "The FCC could kill US net neutrality as soon as December" The Next Web 8:04 AM
  • "Teenage Engineering shows smart speakers don't have to all look boring" The Verge 8:04 AM
  • "Why Should I Monitor My Daughter's Online Activity? Make sure to educate your child, have a conversation about online dangers, set rules and be a role model for them." The Good Men Project 7:28 AM
  • "iPhone X is one of Time's 25 best inventions of 2017 (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast, Ep. 110)" CNET 6:59 PM
  • "Ted Landau Talks iPhone X, TiVo Woes, and Amazon Echo Successes" MacVoices 2:42 PM
  • "iPhone X versus the best Android phones, how will Apple close out 2017, and your comments and questions: Macworld Podcast episode 582" Macworld 1:09 PM
  • "John's macOS Upgrade Rant - TMO Daily Observations 2017-11-16" The Mac Observer 12:46 PM
  • "Next-gen iPad Pro to feature 7nm A11X chip, says report" DigiTimes 7:54 AM
  • "iPhone X Lead-times Drop To 2-3 Weeks" Forbes 7:42 AM
  • "iPhone X / 8 7.5W Fast Vs 5W Wireless Charging Speeds On iOS 11.2 Compared" Redmond Pie 8:05 AM
  • "Apple releases iOS 11.1.2 to fix iPhone X cold weather issue" TechCrunch 3:35 PM
  • "Apple releases iOS 11.1.2 with fix for unresponsive iPhone X screen at cold temperatures" 9to5Mac 3:35 PM
  • "Apple Releases iOS 11.1.2 With Fix for Unresponsive iPhone X Display in Cold Temperatures" MacRumors 3:35 PM
  • "Download iOS 11.1.2 Update with Bug Fixes for iPhone X [IPSW Links] OS X Daily 4:14 PM
  • "iOS 11.1.2 Fixes iPhone X Cold and Live Photo Problems" TidBITS 4:49 PM
  • "Apple wants to better protect iPhone and iPad cameras with an 'impact absorber" Apple World Today 8:06 AM
  • "Apple announces that it won't accept app updates built with watchOS 1.0 SDK after April 1, 2018" AppleInsider 6:59 PM
  • "'Bit Rot' Explains Why Your iPhone Gets Slower Over Time" iDrop News 7:03 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Gazelle Offers 40 Percent Off Used iPads for Black Friday" PC Magazine 4:48 PM
  • "10" iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:29 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:29 AM
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:29 AM

  • "iPhone X review: the best iPhone ever, but not good enough/Apple's revolutionary iPhone has already been left behind" IT PRO 2:46 PM
  • "Apple AirPods vs. Google Pixel Buds" MacRumors 7:00 PM
  • "Review: Apple's $149 leather sleeve for 12" MacBook" iDownload Blog 9:11 AM
  • "Review: RHA T20i Lightning Headphones" iLounge 10:46 AM
  • "Review: ecobee4 packs Alexa and Google Home control in a HomeKit thermostat" 9to5Mac 2:03 PM
  • "Review: ElevationDock 4 lives up to its self claimed title of 'the best dock for iPhone'" 9to5Mac 1:09 PM
  • "Google Pixel Buds review: the future shouldn't be this awkward" The Verge 8:04 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse Mini-Review" Thurrott 8:12 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Focos: Powerful Depth Image Controls in a Fun Package" MacStories 12:46 PM
  • "TrueDepth vs. back camera: Which iPhone X portrait mode is better?" iMore 2:43 PM
  • "iOS 11: How to Remove Photo Metadata for Anonymous Images" The Mac Observer 2:43 PM
  • "How to switch Animoji characters after recording" Cult of Mac 1:09 PM
  • "How To Change The iPhone Hotspot Password" AddictiveTips 11:49 AM
  • "What are offloaded apps in iOS 11 and how do they work?" Macworld 7:53 AM
  • "Use Reminders on Macs, iPhones, and iPads to Remember Anything" The Mac Observer 10:46 AM
  • "7 things you'll want to try first with your Apple Watch" Computerworld 8:55 AM
  • "This amazing iPhone X hack shows off Apple's incredible attention to detail" BGR 8:05 AM
  • "This simple AirPods hack can dramatically improve the sound quality"  The Verge 8:04 AM
  • "Jony Ive: Blindly Holding onto the Past Leads to Failure" The Mac Observer 2:43 PM
  • "Stop The Fake News! iPhone X's OLED Display Is NOT Just Like Any Other Samsung Offering" Two Guys And A Podcast 12:09 PM
  • "Three accessibility improvements I'd love to see in iOS 12" iMore 11:10 AM
  • "3 Reasons Why Apple Inc. Shouldn't Buy Netflix: Apple buying Netflix at all-time highs is a bad idea" InvestorPlace 10:58 AM
  • "Comment: A year later, AirPods remain basically unrivaled as the best truly-wireless earbuds" 9to5Mac 8:40 AM
  • "Are USB Type-C advancements making the standard more feasible?" iDownload Blog 8:12 AM
  • "Why a 6.1-inch Apple Inc. iPhone Makes Perfect Sense" The Motley Fool 8:07 AM
  • "Minority report: Fixing Apple-caused problems" Macworld 7:53 AM
  • "The FCC's Latest Moves Could Worsen the Digital Divide" Wired 6:59 PM
  • "The problem with trusting AI to diagnose sleep disorders" VentureBeat 4:43 PM
  • "Church of the AI God is even creepier than I imagined" CNET 12:34 PM
  • "'This is not TV': A growing number of advertisers feel duped by YouTube" Business Insider 10:57 AM
  • "Some Thoughts on the State of the Tech Market" Tech.pinions 9:47 AM
  • "Google Long HARDware Road" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:47 AM
  • "AI searches for new inspiration" Axios 8:18 AM
  • "With Star Wars Battlefront II, Disney and EA may have a gambling problem" Fortune 8:11 AM
  • "Review: Microsoft's newest laptop is my new favorite computer" Business Insider 8:54 AM
  • "We tested it: The Surface Book 2's 15-hour battery easily outlasts your work day" Digital Trends 8:51 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch): Most Powerful 2-in-1 Yet" LAPTOP Magazine 8:21 AM
  • "Microsoft's Giant Surface Book 2 Is Very Powerful, Very Fast, Very Pretentious" Gizmodo 8:12 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Book 2 First Impressions" Thurrott 8:12 AM
  • "Surface Book 2 review: Microsoft gets closer to the 'ultimate laptop'" Engadget 8:12 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Book 2 review: The ultimate laptop improves in every way but one" PCWorld 8:10 AM
  • "Surface Book 2 Review: Gaming-grade specs with crazy-good battery life" The Next Web 8:10 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Zagg unveils Slim Book keyboard for 10.5-inch iPad Pro w/ backlit keys & Apple Pencil holder" 9to5Mac 8:00 PM
  • "'Faraway 2' Hits the App Store, Takes Its First-Person Puzzling to the Jungle" Touch Arcade 7:35 PM
  • "Black Pixel launches Pixelboard, a collaborative whiteboard app for iPad" 9to5Mac 2:43 PM
  • "Apple Pay Promo Provides Free Postmates Unlimited Subscription Through End of 2017" MacRumors 2:03 PM
  • "Jack White's Third Man Records gets special edition of Beats' Solo3 Wireless" AppleInsider 2:03 PM
  • "Add Karaoke to Your iPhone X Animoji With AnimojiStudio" AppAdvice 12:35 PM
  • "Vimeo launches HDR video hosting, playable on iPhone X, iPad Pro, and Apple TV 4K" 9to5Mac 10:22 AM
  • "Belkin Launches 36W USB-C Car Fast Charger For iPhone X And iPhone 8" Redmond Pie 8:40 AM
  • "Laptop Reviews: Apple MacBook Pro and Lenovo Get Highest Ratings" PRNewswire 8:35 AM
  • "Teen Creates Nation's First Wearable App to Prevent Farm Worker Deaths from Heat Illness" PRNewswire 8:35 AM
  • "Zoho Debuts Notebook for Web, Intelligent Formatting and iOS 11 Support for Note Taking Software" Business Wire 8:33 AM
  • "Global AR Gaming Market - Forecast to Reach $9.6 Billion by 2022 - Research and Markets" Business Wire 8:33 AM
  • "Wearable Devices Market - Forecasts from 2017 to 2022 - Research and Markets" Business Wire 8:33 AM
  • "Duolingo for iOS now teaches you Mandarin" Cult of Mac 8:03 AM
  • "Shadows Remain pushes ARKit in spooky new directions" Cult of Mac 8:03 AM
  • "Nomad's leather cases for the iPhone X offer something for everyone" Apple World Today 7:41 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft forced to pay €30k fine for refusing to hand over Skype data: Court claims firm is 'indisputably' a telecoms operator and must comply with local laws" The Inquirer 8:33 AM
  • "Dell EMC dives deeper into AI: New Machine Learning and Deep Learning Ready Bundles enable customers to easily deploy and benefit from AI" ITP Technology 8:48 AM
  • "How to Begin Healthcare Artificial Intelligence Deployment" ["Dell EMC announced its new machine learning and deep learning solutions that let organizations use high performance computing (HPC) to process images and support personalized medicine."] HIT Infrastructure 8:48 AM
  • "Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (7577) and Inspiron 27 7000 AIO Gaming PC Laptops Launched in India" Techvicity 8:49 AM
  • "Dell Inspiron 15 7000 gaming notebook and Inspiron 27 7000 all-in-one launched in India" Tech 2 8:49 AM
  • "What Analysts Expect from HP in Fiscal 4Q17" Market Realist 12:35 PM
  • "HP Mars Home Planet announces conceptual design phase winners" Construction Dive 8:50 AM
  • "Intel unveils 5G modem suite" ZDNet 12:09 PM
  • "Intel's New Modem Could Push iPhone 12 to 1.6Gbps: Intel announced new 4G and 5G modems today, one of which may be destined for 2019's iPhones." PC Magazine 12:09 PM
  • "Ray Tracing on Intel Xeon Phi with Embree" Inside HPC 9:01 AM
  • "Intel drags Xeon Phi Knights Hill chips out back... two shots heard: Chipzilla goes back to the drawing board on many-core math accelerator line" The Register 8:56 AM
  • "Intel Optane SSD 900P Review: The Fastest, Most Responsive SSD Yet" HotHardware 11:54 AM
  • "Intel Optane DIMMs confirmed to launch in H2 2018" Hexus 8:52 AM
  • "AMD vs Intel: the 16-core showdown" TechRadar UK 8:52 AM
  • "Quad9 Secure DNS Service Embeds IBM Security Intelligence" eWeek 8:58 AM
  • "Move Over Graphene: IBM Expects Copper Interconnects to Hold the CMOS Line" ExtremeTech 8:58 AM
  • "Rights Groups Are Urging IBM to Renounce Trump's 'Extreme Vetting' Proposal" Fortune 8:58 AM
  • "Cisco Surges on Forecast of First Sales Growth in Eight Quarters" ITPro 2:05 PM
  • "Cisco Shares Rise on Strong Profits" Reuters 8:50 AM
  • "Oracle scrambles to sew up horrid security holes in PeopleSoft's Tuxedo" The Register 2:43 PM
  • "Oracle stockholders don't like exec mega-awards or gender pay gap transparency: You win some, you lose some — proposals snuffed out at vote" The Register 9:10 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple's New Chief Lawyer Katherine Adams Welcomed With Multimillion-Dollar Bonus Package of Restricted Stock" MacRumors 8:46 AM
  • "Apple Investors Should Brace for Volatility, Says Wells Fargo" Investopedia 8:06 AM
  • "Apple's Growth Potential In China - Victor Dergunov's Idea Of The Month" Seeking Alpha 8:51 AM
  • "A tax bill Silicon Valley could love" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:10 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market ends higher; Cisco, Wal-Mart jump after earnings: Nasdaq finishes at record high" MarketWatch 4:45 PM
  • "Wall Street Rallies as GOP Tax Plan Clears House; Walmart and Cisco Surge: Stocks finish sharply higher on Thursday as positive earnings from Walmart and Cisco give their shares a boost." TheStreet 4:45 PM
  • "Wall Street rallies powered by Cisco, Walmart; House tax vote supports" Reuters 4:44 PM
  • "Stocks Regain Ground After Losing Streak: Rising shares of Wal-Mart, passage of tax bill help push indexes to biggest gains since September" [Paid Membership Required] 4:44 PM
  • "Tencent earnings buoy Hong Kong index; Nikkei looks to snap losing streak: Australia's Santos surges on takeover bid" MarketWatch 8:43 AM
  • "European stocks rebound after longest losing streak in a year: U.K. retail sales decline, but beat views" MarketWatch 8:43 AM

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