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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: Firing On All Cylinders, To A Trillion And Beyond"  Seeking Alpha 7:51 AM
  • "Apple offices raided ahead of launch of iPhone X in South Korea" [" has learned that investigators visited Apple's HQ earlier this week to ask questions about its business practices ahead of the launch of the smartphone tomorrow."]  Metro UK 9:27 AM
  • "Apple's South Korean offices raided by authorities ahead of regional iPhone X launch" AppleInsider 3:18 PM
  • "Apple offices in South Korea raided once again" BGR 8:19 PM
  • "Apple Reportedly Reveals Research on Autonomous Cars" Zacks 9:31 AM
  • "Philip Hammond just declared war on tech firms like Amazon and Apple that avoid UK tax"  Business Insider UK 7:23 AM
  • "Apple will feel effects of U.K. tax avoidance crackdown" Cult of Mac 7:24 AM
  • "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 11/22
  • "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 11/22
  • "Apple's driverless car research made public, describes system designed to protect pedestrians" Engineering & Technology 11/22
  • "Apple once again confirms it wants to iPimp your ride"  Computerworld 11/22
  • "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 11/22
  • "Report: Apple Buys AR Headset Company Vrvana For $30 Million" Upload VR 11/22
  • "UK Treasury announces tax reform affecting Apple and other tech companies" 9to5Mac 11/22
  • "UK government to initiate tax crackdown on tech firms holding earnings offshore" AppleInsider 11/22
  • "US-Cert warning over vulnerabilities found in MacOS and iOS" V3 11/22
  • "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" 11/22
  • "Google borrows Apple's programming language for mysterious Fuchsia OS" Digital Trends 11/22
  • "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 11/22
  • "How to get your VR app started with Unreal Engine on macOS" iMore 3:15 PM
  • "Last thoughts on modifier keys" Dr. Drang 3:14 PM
  • "How to Speed Up Mail on your Mac Using Automator" iMore 7:31 AM
  • "Workarounds for Font Glitches in BBEdit 12.0.1" Notes from Andy 7:41 AM
  • "Understanding Video Resolutions" MacMost 8:20 AM
  • "How to Use Touch ID to Authenticate sudo on Mac OS" OS X Daily 11/22
  • "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] 11/22
  • "How to upgrade a drive with High Sierra and APFS" Macworld 11/22
  • "How to Paste Plain Text and Strip Formatting in Notes for macOS" iDrop News 11/22
  • "How to speed up iOS upgrades... with your Mac!" Apple Must 11/22
  • "10 macOS High Sierra Productivity Features You Should Know About" MakeUseOf 11/22
  • "eXtensions -The Wednesday File: Macphun Luminar 2018 for the Desktop and RAW Power for iOS from Gentlemen Coders" eXtensions 11/22
Press Releases
  • "Firefox will soon flag sites that have been hacked" Engadget 3:18 PM
  • "Vectorworks 2018—Now Available in Spanish" Architosh 11/22
  • "Vivaldi Web Browser 1.13 for Power Users Gains New Multi-Tab Management Features" MacRumors 11/22
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple supplier stops students' illegal overtime at iPhone X factory"  CNBC 7:25 AM
  • "Foxconn says it ended interns' illegal overtime at iPhone X factory" iDownload Blog 7:42 AM
  • "Apple: We can promote freedom of expression in China as we block VPN apps" SiliconBeat 8:36 AM
  • "Do AirPods kill intimacy? No way, says Apple's holiday ad" Digital Trends 7:51 AM
  • "John McDonnell says 'that's why we have iPads' after failing to explain Labour's borrowing plans" Business Insider 7:30 AM
  • "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 11/22
  • "Foxconn stops illegal overtime by school-age interns" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11/22
  • "Apple says illegal student labor discovered at iPhone X plant" Reuters 11/22
  • "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 11/22
  • "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 11/22
  • "Apple drops hundreds of VPN apps at Beijing's request" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11/22
  • "Skype removed from China Apple and Android app stores" BBC 11/22
  • "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 11/22
  • "iPhone X pre-orders exceed 300,000 in Korea" ZDNet 11/22
  • "iPhone X Israel sales begin Wed evening" Globes 11/22
  • "iPhone X shipment times improve to 1-2 weeks ahead of holidays" AppleInsider 11/22
  • "Apple's Thanksgiving ad is mostly about the AirPods" TechCrunch 11/22
  • "Apple's Thanksgiving ad encourages you to do wild gymnastics with your AirPods in" The Verge 11/22
  • "How to Cover Rocket Blastoffs With an iPhone" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11/22
  • "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) 11/22
  • "Today in Apple history: iTunes enters top 10 U.S. music retailers" Cult of Mac 11/22
Non-Apple News
  • "Nintendo slashes prices on Switch, 3DS and Wii U games for Black Friday" BGR 7:00 PM
  • "'Data is the new oil': F-Secure man on cartels, disinformation and IoT" The Register 10:14 AM
  • "OnePlus: Inside its smartphone factory" BBC 7:42 AM
  • "Parents should help their kids be media savvy" Chicago Tribune [Free Registration Required] 7:36 AM
  • "EFF provides tool to allow you to instantly lobby Congress to protect net neutrality" 9to5Mac 8:41 AM
  • "FCC Faces Scrutiny For Refusing To Turn Over Evidence On Net Neutrality Comments" HuffPost 7:43 AM
  • "The US net neutrality fight affects the whole world" The Verge 7:35 AM
  • "Early Galaxy S9 leaks show Samsung can't copy the iPhone fast enough" BGR 7:32 AM
  • "The most expensive, in-demand phone in China right now isn't the iPhone X" Digital Trends 7:31 AM
  • "Facebook is testing a feature to help you find people to play games with" The Next Web 7:22 AM
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 148 | HomePod misses holidays and iMac Pro rumors" 9to5Mac 7:56 AM
  • "iMore show 582: Angry Crossing: Uber Coverup" iMore 11/22
  • "Holiday Tech and Travel Tips -TMO Daily Observations 2017-11-22" The Mac Observer 11/22
  • "#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 11/22
  • "Remember the 'budget' iPhone SE? Apple plans an update - reports" The Register 7:32 AM
  • "iPhone X Shipping Estimates Improve to 1 to 2 Weeks Across Europe and Asia" MacRumors 7:24 AM
  • "iPhone X Shipping Estimates Improve To 1-2 Weeks In USA, Europe, UK And Other Regions" Redmond Pie 10:14 AM
  • "Is the Apple Store down for Black Friday? Can't access the Apple Store? Apple may be updating it for Black Friday! Or it might be due to issues with the server - here's how to check the Apple Store server status." Macworld UK 3:59 PM
  • "Future Foldable iPhone may use a micro-LED Display and Liquid Metal as a Shape Memory Alloy" Patently Apple 7:29 AM
  • "iPhone 8, 8 Plus Users Report Poor Mic Volume During Calls" Redmond Pie 11/22
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple's Black Friday Event Begins in Australia and New Zealand With Free Gift Cards Up to $210" MacRumors 7:46 AM
  • "Apple Black Friday 2017 deals: Price of iPhones, MacBooks, iPads, the iPod touch slashed to cheapest ever" Mirror Online UK 3:59 PM
  • "Black Friday 2017: Best Headphone Deals from Beats to Bose" Wired 11/22
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 11/22
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 11/22
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 11/22

  • "Portrait Mode: iPhone X vs. Pixel 2 XL vs. DSLR" iMore 3:15 PM
  • "The Razer Phone Is So Much Smoother Than The iPhone X" ["'s a slo-mo video of me scrolling through webpages on the Razer Phone, iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Notice that when compared to the Razer Phone, the animation on the iPhone X and Note 8 are noticeably choppy."] Forbes 7:55 AM
  • "Review: KEF Q300 Bookshelf Speakers" iLounge 3:14 PM
  • "Apple iPhone X vs Google Pixel 2 XL" phoneArena 11/22
  • "Review: Google's Pixel Buds have significant flaws, but I love them anyway" The Next Web 11/22
  • "Review: Nuheara IQbuds True Wireless In-Ear Headphones" iLounge 11/22
  • "Review: Optima NuForce HEM Dynamic In-Ear Headphones" iLounge 11/22
  • "Bowers & Wilkins PX wireless noise-cancelling headphones review: They demand a small sacrifice for silence" TechHive 11/22
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Will Gadd opens the doors of ice climbing with his new app, 'Ice and Mixed'" Digital Trends 3:50 PM
  • "Ulysses 12.1 Brings iPhone X Optimizations" MacStories 7:32 AM
  • "How to Switch Between Apps Faster on iPhone X" iPhone Hacks 8:42 AM
  • "iOS 11: Dismiss Notifications Another Way With 3D Touch" The Mac Observer 11/22
  • "How to Access App Switcher Faster on iPhone X" iPhone Hacks 11/22
  • "How to Check the Hidden Battery Percentage on iPhone X" iPhone Hacks 11/22
  • "Blocking iPhone Phone Calls and Messages" MacMost 11/22
  • "How to make it easier to use Control Center and Notifications on iPhone X" iDownload Blog 11/22
  • "AirPlay 2 FAQ: What it is, how it works, and which devices support it" Macworld 11/22
  • "iOS 11: 2 hard to find Control Center tricks you'll use" Apple Must 7:18 AM
  • "iOS 11: Where to Find iPhone Ringtones Besides iTunes" The Mac Observer 11/22
  • "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 11/22
  • "iPhone X Plus and iPhone X SE Get Rendered, Could be Released Next Year" TechEBlog 9:29 PM
  • "6 failed Apple products that were actually awesome" Cult of Mac 3:18 PM
  • "Why Apple's next laptop should run iOS"  Macworld 7:35 AM
  • "All the X-tras: The iPhone X doesn't have everything" Macworld 7:32 AM
  • "Why this reporter returned his iPhone X" Apple 3.0 7:30 AM
  • "Caution! These Black Friday 'Deals' May Be Bad for Your Security" Intego 11/22
  • "Intel, AMD, and the future of Mac processors" iMore 11/22
  • "Apple might finally update its forgotten iPhone next year" BGR 11/22
  • "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 11/22
  • "Apple And Streaming Video: The Problem Of Supply" Seeking Alpha 11/22
  • "Apple's newest acquisition might be critical for the iPhone's AR future" BGR 11/22
  • "Government Didn't Save Us From Apple's iPhone 'Monopoly'" Mises Institute 11/22
  • "Comment: Musing on what HomePod might have been – and might yet become" 9to5Mac 11/22
  • "Why This Apple Inc. 6.1-Inch iPhone Rumor Makes a Lot of Sense" The Motley Fool 11/22
  • "Commentary: 'We don't need net neutrality, we have a free market,' and other lies"  GeekWire 3:18 PM
  • "Does Next-Gen TV spell doom for over-the-air DVR?" TechHive 7:35 AM
  • "Should Our Love Affair With Digital Really be Over?" Tech.pinions 11/22
  • "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 11/22
  • "Net neutrality repeal means your internet may never be the same" CNET 11/22
  • "Here's how to contact your reps in support of net neutrality" Mashable 11/22
  • "The proposal to do away with net neutrality is worse than you think" Mashable 11/22
  • "Senator Schatz on net neutrality: 'This has to be a real political movement'" TechCrunch 11/22
  • "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 11/22
  • "The FCC's reasons for axing net neutrality make no sense for consumers" The Next Web 11/22
  • "Redditors come out strong against the FCC's plan to kill net neutrality" The Next Web 11/22
  • "Here's How the End of Net Neutrality Will Change the Internet" Wired 11/22
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Two Major Cydia Hosts Shut Down as Jailbreaking Fades in Popularity" MacRumors 3:15 PM
  • "ModMyi Cydia repository has been archived, thank you for all these years" ModMy 3:14 PM
  • "The 21 apps you should download first for your new iPhone X" [Slideshow] Business Insider 7:51 AM
  • "Bing for iOS Gets Redesigned Homepage, iPhone X Support" Thurrott 7:46 AM
  • "Watch Apple's New Holiday Ad: Sway [Video] iClarified 11/22
  • "Burkley Magnetic Detachable Leather Wallet Case for iPhone X" iLounge 11/22
  • "The Inner World – The Last Wind Monk: out now on iOS & Android" Headup Games 11/22
  • "OtterBox releases official Star Wars iPhone case collection ahead of The Last Jedi premiere" 9to5Mac 11/22
  • "'Naruto X Boruto Ninja Voltage' Is Now Available Worldwide on iOS and Android" Touch Arcade 11/22
  • "Apple's Jony Ive to Speak at Washington, DC's Hirshorn Museum on November 29" MacRumors 11/22
  • "Jony Ive speaking at DC's Hirshorn Museum, free first-come-first-served places" 9to5Mac 11/22
Computer Industry
  • "Intel ME bug storm: Is your machine among 100s just named by Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo?" ZDNet 7:32 AM
  • "HP patches severe code execution bug in enterprise printers" ZDNet 7:32 AM
  • "HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset review: I'm a believer" Windows Central 8:26 AM
  • "EU agrees to end geoblocking to boost single digital market" ZDNet 7:32 AM
  • "HPE Returns to Techie Roots Naming Neri to Succeed Whitman" Bloomberg 11/22
  • "HP Shares Tumble as Doubt Mounts Over Ability to Sustain Growth" Bloomberg 11/22
  • "HPE CEO Whitman's surprise exit stumps Wall Street" Reuters 11/22
  • "Meg Whitman stepping down as HP Enterprise CEO" Reuters 11/22
  • "Meg Whitman to Step Down as HPE CEO" ITPro 11/22
  • "Will HP Enterprise Stock Fall to Pennies Without CEO Meg Whitman?" TheStreet 11/22
  • "HPE Earnings Not Enough to Offset CEO Shuffle" 24/7 Wall St. 11/22
  • "Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman reveals why she's stepping down" Fortune 11/22
  • "Hewlett Packard could make a shift like Microsoft" CNBC Videos 11/22
  • "HP Inc – the no-drama one – is actually doing fine with PCs, printers" The Register 11/22
  • "HP teases lower cost 3D printing systems for color, metal in 2018" ZDNet 11/22
  • "HP releases Black Friday deals including big discounts on Envy laptops" The Verge 11/22
  • "Microsoft Facing HoloLens Patent Lawsuit and 'Triple Damages' Threat" PC Magazine 11/22
  • "Microsoft sued over HoloLens patent infringements" Engadget 11/22
  • "Microsoft and Box team up to transform cloud management" V3 11/22
  • "Latest Windows 10 'Redstone 4' PC test build adds more feature refinements" ZDNet 11/22
  • "Intel's New Core i5-8250U is a Huge Upgrade Over Older 7th Generation CPUs" ExtremeTech 11/22
  • "Intel firmware contains serious Management Engine vulnerabilities, affecting millions of systems" BetaNews 11/22
  • "Intel CPUs Have Serious Security Flaws: What You Should Know" LAPTOP Magazine 11/22
  • "Intel's latest Core processors have serious security flaws" Engadget 11/22
  • "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 11/22
  • "AMD Ryzen Mobile Benchmarks And Performance: Taking On Intel In Laptops" HotHardware 11/22
  • "IBM brings blockchain technology to resolve trade finance woes" The Economic Times 11/22
  • "IBM touts 'great' 2017 in Brazil" BN Americas 11/22
  • "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 11/22
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "FOREX-Euro rises for third day on growth bets" Reuters 7:45 AM
  • "Upbeat Data Help European Markets Shrug Off Chinese Fall: Investors are concerned about China's move to reign in debt and cool excesses in financial markets" [Paid Membership Required] 7:46 AM
  • "Chinese stocks fall sharply, hit by regulatory concerns" MarketWatch 7:46 AM
  • "European stocks choppy, but French shares push to 2-week high on activity data" MarketWatch 7:47 AM

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