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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 scientists disclose self-driving car research: Research by Apple Inc computer scientists on how self-driving cars can better spot cyclists and pedestrians while using fewer sensors has been posted online, in what appears to be the company's first publicly disclosed paper on autonomous vehicles."  Reuters 8:16 AM
  • "Apple Releases First Public Paper on Self-Driving Car Technology: A research paper submitted to an independent online journal appears to be Apple's first publication profiling the way its vehicle sensors can better spot objects including cyclists and pedestrians." TheStreet 8:10 AM
  • "Apple's driverless car research made public, describes system designed to protect pedestrians" Engineering & Technology 8:18 AM
  • "Apple once again confirms it wants to iPimp your ride"  Computerworld 7:56 AM
  • "Apple only wants to put its stores where white people live: The retailer won't say how it decides where to put stores, but 251 of its 270 stores are in majority-white ZIP codes."  The Outline 1:43 PM
  • "Report: Apple Buys AR Headset Company Vrvana For $30 Million" Upload VR 8:08 AM
  • "UK Treasury announces tax reform affecting Apple and other tech companies" 9to5Mac 5:44 PM
  • "UK government to initiate tax crackdown on tech firms holding earnings offshore" AppleInsider 8:34 PM
  • "US-Cert warning over vulnerabilities found in MacOS and iOS" V3 8:52 AM
  • "From the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Tour De France to the Norwegian Elections: Using Final Cut Pro X in a High Pressure, Fast Turnaround Environment" 8:53 AM
  • "Google borrows Apple's programming language for mysterious Fuchsia OS" Digital Trends 9:29 AM
  • "What to do if your Mac sound is not working: If the sound has stopped working on your Mac, the volume controls are greyed out, or there is a red light beside the headphone jack, here's what to do." Macworld UK 8:07 AM
  • "How to Use Touch ID to Authenticate sudo on Mac OS" OS X Daily 2:23 PM
  • "Cropping Photos With Mac Preview: Q. How do you crop an image in the Mac Preview program? I don't see a cropping icon in the tool bar. Or do I need another program?" New York Times [Free Registration Required] 9:41 AM
  • "How to upgrade a drive with High Sierra and APFS" Macworld 8:15 AM
  • "How to Paste Plain Text and Strip Formatting in Notes for macOS" iDrop News 10:24 AM
  • "How to speed up iOS upgrades... with your Mac!" Apple Must 7:58 AM
  • "10 macOS High Sierra Productivity Features You Should Know About" MakeUseOf 8:13 AM
  • "eXtensions -The Wednesday File: Macphun Luminar 2018 for the Desktop and RAW Power for iOS from Gentlemen Coders" eXtensions 7:57 AM
Press Releases
  • "Vectorworks 2018—Now Available in Spanish" Architosh 10:14 AM
  • "Vivaldi Web Browser 1.13 for Power Users Gains New Multi-Tab Management Features" MacRumors 8:53 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Foxconn says student overtime on iPhone X was voluntary but broke its own rules: Interns were 'compensated appropriately' but factory involved breached policy that they can't work more than 40 hours per week, according to manufacturer"  South China Morning Post 8:17 AM
  • "Foxconn stops illegal overtime by school-age interns" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:26 AM
  • "Apple says illegal student labor discovered at iPhone X plant" Reuters 8:17 AM
  • "Why Apple and Ireland Are Finally Starting to Fall Out of Love" ["Up until about 4.15 p.m. on Tuesday, it was impossible to place a cigarette paper between Ireland's hip young prime minister Leo Varadkar and Apple Inc.'s Tim Cook, as they united to fight Europe's contention that the government had granted the iPhone maker a sweetheart tax deal."]  Bloomberg 8:02 AM
  • "Technology helps blind students 'see' campus tour: As Nick Cantos slid on a sleek pair of glasses, a voice spoke out to him through his iPhone." Washington Post 8:07 AM
  • "Apple drops hundreds of VPN apps at Beijing's request" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:22 AM
  • "Skype removed from China Apple and Android app stores" BBC 8:32 AM
  • "Apple: Sure, we banned VPN iOS apps in China, but, um, er, art! iGiant didn't want to aid censorship, but $10bn in revenue is $10bn in revenue" The Register 8:24 AM
  • "iPhone X pre-orders exceed 300,000 in Korea" ZDNet 8:42 AM
  • "iPhone X Israel sales begin Wed evening" Globes 8:13 AM
  • "iPhone X shipment times improve to 1-2 weeks ahead of holidays" AppleInsider 5:57 PM
  • "Apple's Thanksgiving ad is mostly about the AirPods" TechCrunch 2:23 PM
  • "Apple's Thanksgiving ad encourages you to do wild gymnastics with your AirPods in" The Verge 3:04 PM
  • "How to Cover Rocket Blastoffs With an iPhone" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:41 AM
  • "Student is duped by 'UK's cheekiest thief' who claimed to have found her iPhone before asking for passwords so she could borrow it because her own was broken'" Daily Mail (UK) 9:26 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: iTunes enters top 10 U.S. music retailers" Cult of Mac 8:48 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Galaxy S9 Specs And Features Revealed In New Report, First Unveil Likely At CES 2018" Redmond Pie 9:19 PM
  • "Amazon gives AWS customers access to its internal machine learning experts" ZDNet 7:57 PM
  • "Elon Musk basically confirms AI is coming to eradicate the human race" The Next Web 3:48 PM
  • "YouTube says it will block predatory comment sections on videos of minors" The Verge 3:43 PM
  • "YouTube Is Addressing Its Massive Child Exploitation Problem: After BuzzFeed News provided YouTube with dozens of examples of videos — with millions of views — that depict children in disturbing and abusive situations, the company is cracking down." BuzzFeed 3:41 PM
  • "FCC explains why public support for net neutrality won't stop repeal: Americans who support net neutrality find that their voices don't count for much." Ars Technica 3:40 PM
  • "FCC releases final draft of 'Restoring Internet Freedom,' which would not do that" TechCrunch 1:43 PM
  • "Pro-net neutrality groups are planning protests at Verizon stores on December 7th" The Verge 1:42 PM
  • "FCC hasn't provided evidence in investigation of fake net neutrality comments" Ars Technica 10:19 AM
  • "FCC ignored your net neutrality comment, unless you made a 'serious' legal argument" The Verge 10:19 AM
  • "Facebook (still) lets housing advertisers exclude users by race" Ars Technica 8:48 AM
  • "Google admits tracking users' location even when setting disabled" ZDNet 8:42 AM
  • "Android phones 'betray' user location to Google" BBC 8:32 AM
  • "iMore show 582: Angry Crossing: Uber Coverup" iMore 9:20 PM
  • "Holiday Tech and Travel Tips -TMO Daily Observations 2017-11-22" The Mac Observer 1:32 PM
  • "#169: Really Regular Nightstand/Stephen is struggling with a lot of things and makes a task management confession, but Federico broke his iPhone X, so it all comes out in the wash. Oh, and Myke is gone, so don't tell him he was right about the HomePod being delayed." Relay FM 10:21 AM
  • "iPhone SE2 Chong Wei Chong exclusive foundry: Apple will release a new iPhone SE 2 in the first half of next year to storm emerging markets and ignite the first battle of next year's 'machine war' between Apple and non-Apple." Google Chinese-to-English: CENS 8:09 AM
  • "iPhone SE 2 Again Rumored to Launch in First Half of 2018" MacRumors 8:09 AM
  • "Rumor: iPhone SE 2 coming in the first half of 2018" iDownload Blog 8:48 AM
  • "Apple's 'iPhone SE 2' rumored to ship in first half of 2018, made in India" AppleInsider 9:40 AM
  • "Top insider says 2018 iPhone X will feature much faster data speeds" BGR 8:49 AM
  • "2018 iPhone Could Have a First for Apple Phones: Sure, the iPhone X changed the look of Apple's smartphones, introducing the notch and adding a hand-full of new gestures to learn, but 2018's iPhones might feature improved reception." Tom's Guide 8:15 AM
  • "Apple might bring gigabit LTE internet speeds to next year's iPhones" Mashable 10:38 AM
  • "This Popular Apple Inc. Product May Be Discontinued in 2018" The Motley Fool 8:55 AM
  • "iPhone X Shipping Estimates Improve to 1 to 2 Weeks in United States and Canada" MacRumors 3:41 PM
  • "iPhone 8, 8 Plus Users Report Poor Mic Volume During Calls" Redmond Pie 6:43 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Black Friday 2017: Best Headphone Deals from Beats to Bose" Wired 1:47 PM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:56 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:56 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:56 AM

  • "Apple iPhone X vs Google Pixel 2 XL" phoneArena 8:19 AM
  • "Review: Google's Pixel Buds have significant flaws, but I love them anyway" The Next Web 3:41 PM
  • "Review: Nuheara IQbuds True Wireless In-Ear Headphones" iLounge 3:43 PM
  • "Review: Optima NuForce HEM Dynamic In-Ear Headphones" iLounge 1:42 PM
  • "Bowers & Wilkins PX wireless noise-cancelling headphones review: They demand a small sacrifice for silence" TechHive 8:36 AM
  • "iOS 11: Dismiss Notifications Another Way With 3D Touch" The Mac Observer 1:51 PM
  • "How to Access App Switcher Faster on iPhone X" iPhone Hacks 1:32 PM
  • "How to Check the Hidden Battery Percentage on iPhone X" iPhone Hacks 1:32 PM
  • "Blocking iPhone Phone Calls and Messages" MacMost 10:14 AM
  • "How to make it easier to use Control Center and Notifications on iPhone X" iDownload Blog 8:48 AM
  • "AirPlay 2 FAQ: What it is, how it works, and which devices support it" Macworld 8:36 AM
  • "iOS 11: Where to Find iPhone Ringtones Besides iTunes" The Mac Observer 1:32 PM
  • "How to shop at the Apple Certified Refurbished store online and save money: Want a new Apple device but don't want to shell out for a full-priced version? Consider a refurbished model instead." Macworld 8:35 AM
  • "Caution! These Black Friday 'Deals' May Be Bad for Your Security" Intego 2:53 PM
  • "Intel, AMD, and the future of Mac processors" iMore 1:44 PM
  • "Apple might finally update its forgotten iPhone next year" BGR 1:43 PM
  • "Apple's Beats supports Kaepernick in pulsating new ad/Commentary: Serena Williams, Neymar, Kris Wu and Michael K. Williams star in the ad that suggests you should listen to no one but yourself." CNET 1:42 PM
  • "Apple And Streaming Video: The Problem Of Supply" Seeking Alpha 1:33 PM
  • "Apple's newest acquisition might be critical for the iPhone's AR future" BGR 8:15 AM
  • "Government Didn't Save Us From Apple's iPhone 'Monopoly'" Mises Institute 8:10 AM
  • "Comment: Musing on what HomePod might have been – and might yet become" 9to5Mac 8:09 AM
  • "Why This Apple Inc. 6.1-Inch iPhone Rumor Makes a Lot of Sense" The Motley Fool 8:08 AM
  • "Should Our Love Affair With Digital Really be Over?" Tech.pinions 8:55 AM
  • "This is what transparency looks like without net neutrality: The FCC has a lot of faith in Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and other ISPs." Engadget 3:57 PM
  • "Net neutrality repeal means your internet may never be the same" CNET 1:32 PM
  • "Here's how to contact your reps in support of net neutrality" Mashable 10:21 AM
  • "The proposal to do away with net neutrality is worse than you think" Mashable 9:39 AM
  • "Senator Schatz on net neutrality: 'This has to be a real political movement'" TechCrunch 9:05 AM
  • "Net Neutrality will die, so let's take the profit out of killing it." ["How bad it will actually be is anyone's guess, but we're likely to not notice very much initially. It's only later when we're all mainly worrying about Justin Bieber marrying Selena Gomez that the ISPs will first raise Hulu's bill and then ours. It's just a dollar per month, they'll say. But do the math and for residential service alone that's $1.5 billion per year in pure profit just from consumers, with as much or more also taken from video streamers and the like. We are being depended upon to act like sheep — Internet browsing sheep, if such exist — and without a plan that's exactly what we'll be."]  I, Cringely 8:53 AM
  • "The FCC's reasons for axing net neutrality make no sense for consumers" The Next Web 8:39 AM
  • "Redditors come out strong against the FCC's plan to kill net neutrality" The Next Web 8:39 AM
  • "Here's How the End of Net Neutrality Will Change the Internet" Wired 8:25 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Watch Apple's New Holiday Ad: Sway [Video] iClarified 5:55 PM
  • "Burkley Magnetic Detachable Leather Wallet Case for iPhone X" iLounge 1:42 PM
  • "The Inner World – The Last Wind Monk: out now on iOS & Android" Headup Games 10:56 AM
  • "OtterBox releases official Star Wars iPhone case collection ahead of The Last Jedi premiere" 9to5Mac 10:38 AM
  • "'Naruto X Boruto Ninja Voltage' Is Now Available Worldwide on iOS and Android" Touch Arcade 10:20 AM
  • "Apple's Jony Ive to Speak at Washington, DC's Hirshorn Museum on November 29" MacRumors 8:19 AM
  • "Jony Ive speaking at DC's Hirshorn Museum, free first-come-first-served places" 9to5Mac 8:18 AM
Computer Industry
  • "HPE Returns to Techie Roots Naming Neri to Succeed Whitman" Bloomberg 2:45 PM
  • "HP Shares Tumble as Doubt Mounts Over Ability to Sustain Growth" Bloomberg 10:19 AM
  • "HPE CEO Whitman's surprise exit stumps Wall Street" Reuters 8:45 AM
  • "Meg Whitman stepping down as HP Enterprise CEO" Reuters 8:20 AM
  • "Meg Whitman to Step Down as HPE CEO" ITPro 9:26 AM
  • "Will HP Enterprise Stock Fall to Pennies Without CEO Meg Whitman?" TheStreet 10:18 AM
  • "HPE Earnings Not Enough to Offset CEO Shuffle" 24/7 Wall St. 8:52 AM
  • "Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman reveals why she's stepping down" Fortune 8:32 AM
  • "Hewlett Packard could make a shift like Microsoft" CNBC Videos 8:45 AM
  • "HP Inc – the no-drama one – is actually doing fine with PCs, printers" The Register 8:24 AM
  • "HP teases lower cost 3D printing systems for color, metal in 2018" ZDNet 8:42 AM
  • "HP releases Black Friday deals including big discounts on Envy laptops" The Verge 6:30 PM
  • "Microsoft Facing HoloLens Patent Lawsuit and 'Triple Damages' Threat" PC Magazine 8:59 AM
  • "Microsoft sued over HoloLens patent infringements" Engadget 8:44 AM
  • "Microsoft and Box team up to transform cloud management" V3 8:52 AM
  • "Latest Windows 10 'Redstone 4' PC test build adds more feature refinements" ZDNet 5:51 PM
  • "Intel's New Core i5-8250U is a Huge Upgrade Over Older 7th Generation CPUs" ExtremeTech 5:55 PM
  • "Intel firmware contains serious Management Engine vulnerabilities, affecting millions of systems" BetaNews 8:52 AM
  • "Intel CPUs Have Serious Security Flaws: What You Should Know" LAPTOP Magazine 1:42 PM
  • "Intel's latest Core processors have serious security flaws" Engadget 8:44 AM
  • "The PC BIOS will be killed off by 2020 as Intel plans move to pure UEFI: The ability to boot DOS and other legacy relics is going to disappear." Ars Technica 3:57 PM
  • "AMD Ryzen Mobile Benchmarks And Performance: Taking On Intel In Laptops" HotHardware 10:35 AM
  • "IBM brings blockchain technology to resolve trade finance woes" The Economic Times 3:59 PM
  • "IBM touts 'great' 2017 in Brazil" BN Americas 3:59 PM
  • "The PC BIOS will be killed off by 2020 as Intel plans move to pure UEFI: The ability to boot DOS and other legacy relics is going to disappear." Ars Technica 7:14 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "S&P 500, Dow close lower, while Nasdaq ekes out another record: Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. led S&P 500 decliners" MarketWatch 3:54 PM
  • "Wall Street Teeters as Investors Seek Direction From Fed Minutes: Stocks are trading mixed on Wednesday after Wall Street set records in the previous session." TheStreet 1:34 PM
  • "Stocks scale record high, crude oil gains" Reuters 1:34 PM
  • "Global Stocks Drift Following Rally: Stocks stalled Wednesday ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, as declines among technology and financial firms snapped the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500's two-day winning streaks." [Paid Membership Required] 3:53 PM
  • "Hong Kong stocks hit decade high as Asian markets extend rally: Japan's Nikkei rises despite falling dollar; TDK shares surge 6%" MarketWatch 8:56 AM
  • "European stocks steady around 2-week high, but Thomas Cook plunges: Crude rally helps lift oil and gas stocks" MarketWatch 8:56 AM

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