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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 exec on making a completely green iPhone and tackling child labour concerns in supply chain: Apple has a master plan for its products, but some have labelled the ambitious goal as 'strange' and even 'nonsense'." ["'What we've committed to is 100 per cent recycled material to make our products, or renewable material,' Apple's vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, Lisa Jackson, told 'We're working like gangbusters on that.'"] 8:43 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone X is boring, but the software and services it enables are not: While Apple likes to hype its newest hardware, it's the software and services that stand out with the iPhone X. Here's what that means for the future of mobile innovation."  TechRepublic 8:58 AM
  • "Survey: Santa Is Bringing Strong Apple iPhone X Holiday Sales" Benzinga 6:11 PM
  • "Apple's Services Are Like Lousy Sex: Apple's services are often very misunderstood. Many tech observers do not grasp the role that services do and should play at Apple. Some contend that Apple's services are awful and that Apple is losing out to Google's services. Others point out how rapidly Apple's service revenues have been rising and contend that Apple is fast becoming a services-first company. In my opinion, both views are wrong. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that both views are incomplete." Tech.pinions 8:32 AM
  • "Gustafson Nicolai pc Files Three More Apple iPhone 6 Explosion Products Liability Lawsuits Against Apple, Inc. and Related Parties" PRNewswire 8:50 AM
  • "How to Stop Autoplay Video in Chrome" OS X Daily 5:25 PM
  • "Scrivener 3 for macOS Is More Flexible and Powerful Than Ever for Long-Form Writing" MacStories 12:11 PM
  • "Astropad Studio review: Use your iPad Pro as a digitizer for your Mac" Macworld 8:19 AM
  • "Your Aging Mac Can Sync Music To A Windows Phone... Even If Your iPhone Can't" Low End Mac 7:50 PM
  • "Stopping Autoplay Videos on Safari: Q. Is it true you can now stop those annoying videos that automatically play on some websites in the Safari browser?" New York Times [Free Registration Required] 10:46 AM
  • "How to Combine PDFs in macOS Preview" Apple Must 7:17 AM
  • "Creating Custom Apple Music Stations" MacMost 9:52 AM
Press Releases
  • "Introducing AutoCAD 2018 for Mac and AutoCAD LT 2018 for Mac" Autodesk 2:39 PM
  • "Studiometry 14 goes 64-bit, adds scheduling, Today view, template editor enhancements, much more" Oranged Software 7:10 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple's new ad is a clever comeback to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's iPad putdown"  Quartz 12:21 PM
  • "The Top 10 Gadgets of 2017" [9. Apple Watch 3; 2. iPhone X] Time 12:10 PM
  • "No Surprise That Apple's iPhone Dominates Smartphone Profits" Forbes 12:10 PM
  • "Google Assistant has a huge advantage in the voice assistant market" ["As more Android devices upgrade to software that is compatible with Google Assistant, Google will be able to increase its share in the market for smartphones with built-in voice assistants. And this will likely diminish Apple's share from 41% in 2017 to 17% in 2022 as more Android devices have access to Google Assistant."] Business Insider 8:58 AM
  • "Texas church shooting reignites the encryption debate between Apple and FBI" Mashable 2:36 PM
  • "Authorities want Apple to unlock the iPhone of the Sutherland Springs shooter" BGR 8:38 AM
  • "Apple Pay Snags First Deal With Major French Bank: Retail bank Société Générale said in a brief statement that it plans to offer its customers Apple Pay soon. The decision comes about one year after Apple brought its Apple Pay to France." TheStreet 8:31 AM
  • "The Apple Watch Thanksgiving Activity Challenge Returns for 2017" MacTrast 8:37 AM
  • "Steve Jobs' former publicist on how he used his 'reality distortion field' to control Apple's image"  Business Insider 10:35 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: iTunes gets its first exclusive movie, Purple Violets" Cult of Mac 8:39 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "AT&T-Time Warner deal outcome will redefine anti-trust laws: COX President" FOXBusiness 6:14 PM
  • "Justice Department expected to file lawsuit challenging AT&T-Time Warner deal" FOXBusiness 6:14 PM
  • "Speech recognition grows up and goes mobile: Having spread from desktops to mobile devices and beyond, voice recognition is no longer a novelty filling niche needs — and it's spawning a new genre of gadgets." Computerworld 12:24 PM
  • "Advertisers can target you psychologically based on a single Facebook like, study finds" Business Insider 10:34 AM
  • "Why magazine mogul Tina Brown is 'angry and upset' at Google and Facebook: It's time for the most powerful companies in digital media to stop playing dumb, Brown says." Recode 8:35 AM
  • "Google will finally fix that Pixel 2 buzzing bug" Mashable 7:28 AM
  • "Five Minutes is an Eternity to a Computer – Mac Geek Gab 684" The Mac Observer 6:42 PM
  • "TMO Background Mode Special Interview with Former Apple Executive and Tech Analyst Michael Gartenberg" The Mac Observer 3:40 PM
  • "Sutherland Springs Shooting iPhone Warrant, Apple Park Visitor Center -TMO Daily Observations 2017-11-20" The Mac Observer 2:23 PM
  • "Kirk McElhearn Takes Control of Scrivener 3" MacVoices 2:23 PM
  • "Apple won't be HomePod for the holidays (The 3:59, Ep. 319)" CNET 12:21 PM
  • "The best time of year to buy Apple Products!" The MT Show 9:52 AM
  • "Full transcript: 1Password's 'Defender Against the Dark Arts' Jeffrey Goldberg on Too Embarrassed to Ask/Yes, that's his real job title." Recode 8:35 AM
  • "Report: Apple's iMac Pro will come with always-on Siri" The Next Web 8:38 AM
  • "The chip inside the iPhone 7 will reportedly be inside Apple's new iMac Pro as well" Business Insider 8:34 AM
  • "Video: 'Hey Siri' might come to the iMac Pro thanks to an A10 Fusion coprocessor" AppleInsider 6:44 PM
  • "Apple HomePod Is Delayed Until 2018" Silicon UK 8:59 AM
  • "Apple reportedly whittles down Micro LED R&D team in Taiwan"  DigiTimes 8:40 AM
  • "Apple's micro LED display research hits a bump in the road" Cult of Mac 8:40 AM
  • "Apple Reportedly Working Towards Mass Production of Thinner and Brighter Micro-LED Displays" MacRumors 8:45 AM
  • "Here's What the iPhone SE 2 Would Look Like if it Borrowed iPhone X's Aesthetics & Display - Video" WCCFTech 8:51 AM
  • "New renders imagine iPhone SE 2 with iPhone X style screen and notch [Video] 9to5Mac 8:44 AM
  • "Mockups envision 'iPhone X Plus' and 'iPhone SE 2' with edge to edge displays, Face ID" AppleInsider 2:36 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:17 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:17 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:17 AM

  • "iPhone X: Bargain! You've just bagged yourself a cheap AR device" The Register 8:33 AM
  • "iPhone X Diary: Putting the camera to the test, and being even more impressed" 9to5Mac 8:44 AM
  • "Dual Lens Switching on iPhone X: How much light is required before the telephoto lens is enabled?"  Studio Neat 12:45 PM
  • "AirPods review: One year later/Apple cut the cords on EarPods and made them into AirPods. But, a year later, can they still be considered the future of wireless audio?" iMore 11:06 AM
  • "Juicing up your iPhone 8 & iPhone X using Samsung's 10W Qi wireless charger" iDownload Blog 9:30 AM
  • "Logitech Slim Combo review: Rugged case gives iPad Pro a super-comfortable keyboard" Cult of Mac 11:04 AM
  • "Review: Google Pixel Buds falls short of instant translation promise" CNNMoney 10:46 AM
  • "Pixel Buds review: OK Google, go back to the earbud drawing board" Ars Technica 8:34 AM
  • "Review: Yevo 1 True Wireless Headphones" iLounge 2:36 PM
  • "iPhone power adapters tested: Is fast charging worth the price? We tested charging speeds on the iPhone X, 8 Plus, and 7 Plus with five different power adapters. The results may surprise you." Macworld 8:19 AM
  • "Review: Hunter SimpleConnect ceiling fan is a 2-in-1 HomeKit essential for home automation" 9to5Mac 5:26 PM
  • "DJI Mavic Pro: First impressions from a drone novice" ["The Mavic Pro controller works with either Android or iOS phones. Initially, I thought I had to take my case off the phone to get it into the controller's little grippy arms, but the design works well enough with the case remaining on the phone. The longer replacement cable helps as well."] ZDNet 10:47 AM
  • "Woolnut Leather Sleeves for Apple MacBooks Offer Quality Materials and a Snug Fit" The Mac Observer 5:29 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "I made my own smart HomePod speaker, and it's awesome" Cult of Mac 8:40 AM
  • "Use Facebook on your Mac a lot? You need the Current app" Apple World Today 8:20 AM
  • "'Lineage II: Revolution' Review - A Fascinating Exploration of What Actually Constitutes Gameplay in an MMORPG" Touch Arcade 5:26 PM
  • "iPhone X: How to enable Reachability, make Control Center more user friendly" 9to5Mac 2:36 PM
  • "iPhone X: Using Apple Pay With Face ID" MacRumors 2:34 PM
  • "How to unlock an iPhone X with Face ID after a failed attempt without leaving the Lock screen" iDownload Blog 8:49 AM
  • "Face ID has a cool feature you probably haven't even discovered yet" BGR 7:49 PM
  • "Tip: save power by restricting iPad Pro's ProMotion display refresh rate to 60FPS" iDownload Blog 6:10 PM
  • "iPhone: Fixing Over and Underexposed Shots Before Snapping the Pic" The Mac Observer 3:40 PM
  • "What to Do If Face ID Doesn't Scan Your Face on the iPhone X" Lifehacker 2:36 PM
  • "My favorite iPhone X feature: Hidden notifications/The first time you look at notifications on the iPhone X, you might be in for a surprise. A surprise I grew to appreciate." ZDNet 12:10 PM
  • "12 iPhone X Tips and Tricks You Need to Know" Time 11:04 AM
  • "Apple's Siri doesn't really want to talk about HomePod/Commentary: Apple announces its smart speaker will be delayed. Can Siri throw any light upon that? I asked her." CNET 9:00 PM
  • "Has Apple intentionally limited Portrait Lighting effects to iPhone X & iPhone 8 Plus?" iDownload Blog 6:10 PM
  • "No, iPhone 7 Plus can't take Portrait Lighting photos, but..." iMore 2:35 PM
  • "iPhone X = DSLR-quality... Maybe? Is the iPhone X's camera at the same level as a DSLR? Well, yes and no..." iMore 2:35 PM
  • "Apple's Remarkable Customer Base" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 12:11 PM
  • "Texas Rangers get Search Warrant for Sutherland Springs Shooter's iPhone Data, and That's OK" The Mac Observer 10:56 AM
  • "How many jobs would Apple's repatriated billions create? Part II" Apple 3.0 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 10:48 AM
  • "Data Sheet—Apple HomePod Missing Holidays; Delayed to 2018 | Fortune" Fortune 7:22 PM
  • "Apple slips closer to becoming 'just another tech company': Announcing products only to later delay their launch is something that other tech companies did. Now it's becoming something Apple does."  ZDNet 10:46 AM
  • "How Costly Will the Apple Inc. HomePod Delay Be? AAPL will be sitting out the crucial holiday sales for the industry's hottest product category"  InvestorPlace 9:29 AM
  • "I'd love lock screen complications in iOS 12: Complications are what I miss most when not wearing my Apple Watch, especially when I'm looking at my iPhone lock screen."  iMore 9:28 AM
  • "What to know about the FCC's upcoming plan to undo its net neutrality rules" Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 7:19 PM
  • "My life without a smartphone" MCT 2:35 PM
  • "OnePlus 5T review: polished to a T" The Verge 8:59 AM
  • "The OnePlus 5T Is a Very Damn Good Phone for a Reasonable Price" Gizmodo 8:38 AM
  • "Pixel is a Lie (Premium)" Thurrott 8:33 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Maps Lane Guidance Expanding to Five More Countries" MacRumors 8:34 PM
  • "Hate the iPhone X's notch? These two apps can get rid of it" Digital Trends 2:37 PM
  • "'Drones vs. Zombies' is a Cool Looking Defense Game Launching this Week" Touch Arcade 6:12 PM
  • "'Puzzle Fighter' Launching Globally on iOS and Android this Week" Touch Arcade 2:35 PM
  • "iPhone X users can now use Face ID to make purchases on eBay" Digital Trends 10:28 AM
  • "newPCgadgets introduces the 2017 Low Priced Gift Ideas for Apple Lovers" prMac 9:28 AM
  • "Animal Crossing Pocket Camp finally has a release date: November 22" iDownload Blog 8:42 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of November 20: Bryan Chaffin, Tapp App Software, CarPlay, and HomeKit" The MUG Center 8:19 AM
Computer Industry
  • "IBM's Schneier: It's Time To Regulate IoT To Improve Cyber-Security" Silicon UK 9:04 AM
  • "How a team at IBM plans to create transportation for all" The Manila Times 9:04 AM
  • "Microsoft's TV White Space tech at work in Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands following hurricanes" OnMSFT 9:17 AM
  • "Microsoft Security Faux Pas: ASLR implementation issue on Windows 8 and 10" gHacks 9:15 AM
  • "ASLR security flaw in Windows 8 and 10 makes it easier for attackers to target important data" V3 9:15 AM
  • "Microsoft, Daimler to power data centres with fuel cells" Tech Central 9:11 AM
  • "HP Pavilion Desktop Plus HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset With Motion Controllers For Just $748" SegmentNext 8:59 AM
  • "Dell EMC chosen the best IT workplace in Brazil" ZDNet 12:28 PM
  • "Dell's Mozy Background Added to Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace" Comms Business 8:58 AM
  • "Intel patches critical holes in secret hidden Management Engine in desktop, server chips" The Register 6:12 PM
  • "Intel's Leixlip campus moves to 100% renewable energy" Tech Central 8:56 AM
  • "Samsung will overtake Intel as top global semiconductor supplier in 2017" Sammobile 8:57 AM
  • "Watch out, Optane: Samsung releases specs for its Z-NAND SSD" TechSpot 8:56 AM
  • "Samsung Forecast to Top Intel as Larger Semiconductor Supplier in 2017" CDR Info 8:56 AM
  • "Intel To Increase Coffee Lake production - Uses New Fab" Guru3D 8:55 AM
  • "Intel aims to end legacy BIOS support by 2020" Hexus 8:55 AM
  • "Intel: We're ending all legacy BIOS support by 2020" ZDNet 8:55 AM
  • "New AMD EPYC-powered HPE VM server is breaking world records" ZDNet 12:28 PM
  • "AMD Ryzen Threadripper X399 motherboards compared: Specs, prices, and features" PCWorld 12:21 PM
  • "Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Has to Find Another Way to Grow" InvestorPlace 2:35 PM
  • "Wipro Lighting collaborates with Cisco on smart lighting solutions for modern workspaces" Deccan Hearald 8:04 AM
  • "Wipro Lighting to use Cisco's solution framework for connected lighting" Hindu Business Line 8:04 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Revising Apple Price Estimate To $180 On Services And iPhone Strength" Forbes 10:34 AM
  • "What 35% tax rate? Apple paid 18.1% last year." Apple 3.0 8:31 AM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks close higher as major indexes rise in unison: Euro tumbles as German coalition talks break down" MarketWatch 6:14 PM
  • "Wall Street Finishes in the Green After Two Weeks of Losses: Gains in consumer discretionary and industrial names pushed Wall Street higher on Monday. Tax reform concerns continue to perplex investors." TheStreet 6:13 PM
  • "Wall Street ticks up, lifted by Verizon, chipmakers" Reuters 6:13 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise: Industrial shares climb, giving markets a boost after stocks in Europe stabilize" [Paid Membership Required] 6:13 PM
  • "IMF sees Australian rates staying low for longer: SYDNEY--Australian interest rates could remain at record lows for another year, the International Monetary Fund said Monday." MarketWatch 7:18 AM
  • "European stocks end higher in wake of German political turmoil: European stocks finished higher Monday, with German equities recovering following the collapse of talks to form a coalition government for the eurozone's largest economy." MarketWatch 11:49 AM

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