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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 Inc. Might Be Making a Big Mistake: Apple might be squandering an opportunity to amplify iPhone revenue next year."  The Motley Fool 8:35 AM
  • "Apple: iPhone X Production Ahead of Schedule, 6 Mil Est Sold Through Black Friday Weekend - Rosenblatt"  StreetInsider 9:30 AM
  • "Apple Might Be Leasing Chrysler's Old Proving Grounds To Test Autonomous Car Technology" Jalopnik 2:25 PM
  • "Apple says fix incoming for macOS High Sierra root access bug"  AppleInsider 5:47 PM
  • "Pro Tip: You can log into macOS High Sierra as root with no password: Apple, this is bad – like Windows 95 bad – but there is a workaround to kill the bug"  The Register 2:29 PM
  • "macOS bug lets you log in as admin with no password required"  Ars Technica 5:57 PM
  • "Astonishing OS X bug lets anyone log into a High Sierra machine" TechCrunch 2:44 PM
  • "Major macOS High Sierra Bug Allows Full Admin Access Without Password - How to Fix" MacRumors 2:49 PM
  • "Apple Seeds Fifth macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 Beta to Developers" MacRumors 12:07 PM
  • "iCloud Photo Library: Finding a way to sort photos by the device they were created with" Macworld 8:39 AM
Press Releases
  • "Photoshop uses AI to make selecting people less of a hassle: The hardest part of image editing will soon take a single click." Engadget 8:53 AM
  • "B-Eng introduces Similar Pic Finder 1.0 for OS X - Find Duplicate Images" prMac 8:23 AM
  • "Toolfarm Introduces RenderGarden Plug-in for Dramatically Faster Rendering in Adobe After Effects" Toolrarm 8:06 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Adobe Data Shows Cyber Monday Is Largest Online Sales Day in History with $6.59 Billion" ["Top sellers: Best-selling electronics include Google Chromecast, Apple iPads, Samsung Tablets, Apple AirPods, and Sony Playstation VR. Video games and consoles include Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo Switch and Microsoft Xbox One X. Toys include PJ Masks and Hatchimals & Colleggtibles, Funko Pop and L.O.L. Surprise dolls, as well as Ride On Cars."] Business Wire 10:02 AM
  • "AirPods and iPad Listed as Top Selling Electronics During This Year's Record-Setting Cyber Monday" MacRumors 10:03 AM
  • "Bet you don't have this (very) early Apple product" ["Steve Wozniak's fabled 'Blue Box,' and the very first Apple 1 computer produced by Woz and his younger buddy Steve Jobs. Both Apple artifacts are up for sale Dec. 6 at Bonhams' New York auction. The 'Blue Box,' which is expected to fetch between $30,000 and $50,000, was built around 1972 when Woz was a sophomore at the University of California at Berkeley and Jobs was still in high school."] USA Today 7:53 PM
  • "Apple quietly removes games mimicking Philippines' war on drugs" Mashable 6:16 PM
  • "iPad Pro artists celebrate Urban Sketchers' 10th anniversary" Apple 10:04 AM
  • "Apple shows off Animoji trend and Face ID in its latest ads" Digital Trends 8:52 AM
  • "Apple has officially jumped on the Animoji bandwagon" Mashable 8:26 AM
  • "Apple Promotes Giving Tuesday for Apple Pay-ready Charities" The Mac Observer 8:49 AM
  • "New Apple Support YouTube Channel Features How-To iOS Videos" AppAdvice 8:33 AM
  • "What Some Of Today's Best Executives Have In Common With Music Producer Jimmy Iovine" Forbes 8:54 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Canadian charged in Yahoo hacking case pleads guilty in U.S." Reuters 8:35 PM
  • "Canadian man pleads guilty to role in 2014 Yahoo hack" CNNMoney 7:38 PM
  • "Net Neutrality Hits a Nerve, Eliciting Intense Reactions" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5:53 PM
  • "FCC Chairman: Twitter, Celeb Net Neutrality Criticism 'Utterly Absurd'" PC Magazine 5:48 PM
  • "FCC chair: Big tech firms are the real threat to net neutrality" Axios 2:29 PM
  • "FCC Chairman Ajit Pai blasted everyone from Cher to Twitter for opposing his efforts to repeal net neutrality rules: Pai had sharp words for Silicon Valley tech giants who are trying to avoid regulation." Recode 2:28 PM
  • "India Just Backed Net Neutrality" BuzzFeed 8:47 AM
  • "Google torches this nasty Tizi Android spyware it found on Play Store" ZDNet 8:47 AM
  • "The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are rebooting randomly, and Google hasn't found the problem yet" BGR 8:43 AM
  • "YouTube pulls ads on 2 million inappropriate children's videos" The Verge 8:37 AM
  • "New Face ID Mask Hack, Apple's Gesture Patent -TMO Daily Observations 2017-11-28" The Mac Observer 12:59 PM
  • "First Ring Daily: Paul Finally Admits the Truth" Thurrott 12:10 PM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 215: Keeping tabs on my tabs" iDownload Blog 8:43 AM
  • "AppStories, Episode 33 – What's on Our Apple Watches?" MacStories 8:33 AM
  • "BOE Pushing to Supply Its Flexible OLEDs to Apple: BOE, which is the biggest display manufacturer in China, is looking to supply its flexible OLEDs to Apple. Its plan is to satisfy Apple, which is thirsty for supply and demand of OLED, by constructing large-scale production lines exclusively for Apple." ET News 8:40 AM
  • "BOE makes push to become Apple's second OLED supplier for iPhones" AppleInsider 8:43 AM
  • "Apple TV 4K 64GB model supply tight, new orders will likely miss Christmas delivery" AppleInsider 8:40 AM
  • "In-Store iPhone X Stock Availability Improving Globally For Walk-In Customers" Redmond Pie 9:25 AM
  • "New autocorrect bug in iOS 11 turns 'it' into 'I.T.'" iDownload Blog 8:43 AM
  • "Apple embraces El Reg! iOS 11 is now biting the hand that types IT" The Register 8:16 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of iOS 11.2 to Developers" MacRumors 12:08 PM
  • "Apple Wins Patent for a Possible Future Augmented Reality Display Designed for Macs & Beyond" Patently Apple 8:33 AM
  • "Apple patent involves Macs with a gesture-based user interface" Apple World Today 8:07 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:07 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices (latest models)" MacPrices 8:07 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:07 AM

  • "The real iPhone X screen area vs iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, video binge edition" phoneArena 8:53 AM
  • "iPhone X vs. Pixel 2: Camera test/See how the iPhone X and Pixel 2 cameras compare for portraits, low light shooting, video quality and selfies." CNET 8:57 AM
  • "iPhone X vs. Pixel 2: Which camera is better?" CNET 8:57 AM
  • "iPhone X vs. Pixel 2 photos: Are two cameras better than one?" CNET 8:19 AM
  • "Logitech Keys-To-Go review: A super-slim keyboard that'll click with mobile typists" PCWorld 8:20 AM
  • "V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless headphones review" The Gadgeteer 8:06 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "MindNode 5: Digital Mind Mapping Finally Clicked for Me" MacStories 10:26 AM
  • "Animal Crossing Pocket Camp review: Nintendo's latest is a charming distraction" Macworld 8:40 AM
  • "'Game Dev Tycoon' Review - If You Liked 'Game Dev Story' You'll Love 'Game Dev Tycoon'" Touch Arcade 10:35 AM
  • "How Much Does the iPhone X Cost? Carrier Comparison and More" Tom's Guide 8:32 PM
  • "Taking a Screen Shot On Your iPhone or iPad" MacMost 10:21 AM
  • "How to put an iPhone in DFU mode" Macworld UK 8:57 AM
  • "How to restart an iPhone or iPad" Macworld UK 8:56 AM
  • "Don't lock yourself out of your smart home: Always carry a key/The internet of things can be awfully smart, but also... not so much." iMore 5:48 PM
  • "Apple offers temporary workaround for iOS 11 bug autocorrecting 'it' to 'I.T'" AppleInsider 11:15 AM
  • "Kevin Hasn't Removed His Apple iPhone X From The Box Yet" Forbes 2:28 PM
  • "15 reasons to send your kids to Apple's Hour of Code lessons" Apple Must 11:30 AM
  • "Some Notes on iPhone X's Portrait Mode" Subtraction 10:27 AM
  • "Not cool for Yule: The AirPod-killing Pixel Buds" Macworld 8:39 AM
  • "My $2,000 iPhone X: 'Starting at $999'"  The Verge 8:37 AM
  • "All the Different Ways You Can Lobby to Save Net Neutrality" Lifehacker 4:31 PM
  • "Pro-Neutrality, Anti-Title II"  Stratechery 3:36 PM
  • "Internet censorship: It's on the rise and Silicon Valley is helping it happen/Instead of opposing the internet barriers raised by the world's authoritarian regimes, Silicon Valley is playing along." ZDNet 8:47 AM
  • "YouTube's Creepy Kid Problem Was Worse Than We Thought" Gizmodo 8:43 AM
  • "A cheap phone that takes killer photos is better than a premium phone with lousy cameras" Mashable 8:27 AM
  • "The FCC Doesn't Seem to Care If Anti-Net Neutrality Comments Are Fake" Inverse 8:19 AM
  • "Comic: The MacBook Pro Gift Exchange" iMore 8:32 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "After shoving its way onto iTunes, U2 is headed for the Amazon Echo" TechCrunch 2:29 PM
  • "Substitute Phone will never cure your iPhone addiction" Cult of Mac 10:35 AM
  • "Side-Scrolling Racer 'Pigeon Wings' Gets New Endless Mode and iPhone X Support in Latest Update" Touch Arcade 7:41 PM
  • "The Truth is in Your Pocket as 'The X-Files: Deep State' Heads to Mobile in 2018" Touch Arcade 9:14 AM
  • "Cool off your iPad with these rear mounted fans" iDownload Blog 8:59 AM
  • "Pokémon Go updated with iPhone X support, drops support for iOS 8" iDownload Blog 8:43 AM
  • "Apple Plans Holiday Shutdown of iTunes Connect December 23-27" The Mac Observer 1:40 PM
  • "Apple celebrates Hour of Code at all Apple Stores" Apple 10:02 AM
  • "Apple Stores kicking off free Hour of Code classes for kids next week" 9to5Mac 8:39 AM
  • "Animal Crossing enjoys crazy first week on mobile" Cult of Mac 8:33 AM
  • "Picture in Picture Photo Editor" prMac 2:28 PM
  • "Jumsoft introduces Toolbox for MS Office for iOS" prMac 11:16 AM
  • "VideoGo Ltd releases Graphics2Go for iOS - Easily Create Branded Videos" prMac 8:23 AM
  • "CryptoKitties: The World's First Ethereum Game Launches Today" PRNewswire 8:15 AM
  • "Can I Retire Today? Check Your Smartphone For MassMutual's Answer" PRNewswire 8:15 AM
  • "CuraLinc Healthcare's Mobile Update Includes Innovative Video Counseling Feature" PRNewswire 8:15 AM
  • "MyVanilla Launches on Mobile Wallets for Payment Convenience this Holiday Season" PRNewswire 8:15 AM
  • "Global Mobile Apps Market 2017-2021: Growth Driven by the Emergence of Chatbots - Research and Markets" Business Wire 8:15 AM
  • "Lincoln County Vending Commits to Cashless Payment Acceptance on 100% of Machines" Business Wire 8:15 AM
  • "WebLink® from Abalta Technologies Brings Popular Waze Smartphone App into the Connected Car" Business Wire 8:15 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft adds SAP as cloud partner to challenge Amazon" MarketWatch 7:09 AM
  • "Microsoft and SAP expand partnership to use and sell more of each other's cloud services" VentureBeat 7:11 AM
  • "Microsoft, SAP expand cloud partnership" Seeking Alpha 6:23 AM
  • "Microsoft and USyd claim invention of key quantum computing component" ZDNet 6:41 AM
  • "Hackers are exploiting Microsoft Word vulnerability to take control of PCs" ZDNet 7:09 AM
  • "IBM's Space Rogue explains how hackers easily crack your password: Simple passwords can be quickly hacked. Space Rogue shares the process of how hackers use hardware to compromise your information." TechRepublic 7:08 AM
  • "HP Accused of Quietly Installing Spyware on Windows PCs: The 'service' is called HP Touchpoint Analytics Client and it is harvesting telemetry information without user consent and sending it to HP every day." PC Magazine 7:11 AM
  • "HP quietly installs system-slowing spyware on its PCs: Customers say the driver is being installed without their permission." Engadget 8:36 AM
  • "HPE, Stephen Hawkings COSMOS to collaborate, use Superdome Flex in-memory systems" ZDNet 7:24 AM
  • "HPE unveils OneSphere, multi-cloud management for public cloud and on-prem" ZDNet 7:24 AM
  • "HPE launches pay-per-use IT solution for top customer workloads/HPE is also rebranding and making enhancements to HPE GreenLake Flex Capacity, a market leading infrastructure consumption service." Computerworld India 6:44 AM
  • "HPE offers SaaS-based tool for hybrid cloud management: HPE sees an opportunity to help IT departments work with developers and line-of-business managers to optimize hybrid computing" IDG News Service 8:21 AM
  • "HPE's radical new SaaS multi-cloud management solution" Data Center News 6:44 AM
  • "HPE partners with ABB to merge IT and OT" ZDNet 12:09 PM
  • "Intel's 9th Gen HyperThreaded i5s could steal the show from 8-core i7 chips" PC Games N 7:03 AM
  • "Intel's next Core i7 flagship could bring 8-cores to mainstream processors" TechRadar UK 7:05 AM
  • "Intel 8th Gen Core Mobile Performance Review: Kaby Lake R Explored" HotHardware 11:31 AM
  • "Intel shares comparative AMD Epyc server test results" Hexus 7:03 AM
  • "Intel Presents Its AMD EPYC Server Test Results" Tom's Hardware 7:05 AM
  • "AMD Radeon Vega 8 Mobile GPU Lacks HBM 2" eTeknix 7:03 AM
  • "AMD Is Losing Graphics Market Share Despite Vega: The overall market is growing, but AMD is losing ground to NVIDIA." The Motley Fool 7:03 AM
  • "Internet censorship: It's on the rise and Silicon Valley is helping it happen" ZDNet 6:41 AM
  • "Linux dominates supercomputing: All machines on the TOP500 supercomputer list run Linux" Tech Central 7:05 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Stocks rally to records as Republican tax bill moves toward Senate vote: Fed chief nominee Powell signals he'll stay the course in confirmation hearing" MarketWatch 4:35 PM
  • "Stocks Rise on Powell Testimony, GOP Tax Progress: The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 on track for records after Powell testimony." TheStreet 4:35 PM
  • "Surging banks lead Wall Street to highs as tax plan advances" FOXBusiness 4:34 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks on Track for Fresh Records: Surging shares of financial companies helped put major indexes on track to notch another series of record closes." [Paid Membership Required] 4:34 PM
  • "Asian markets mixed, as investors keep wary eye on Chinese stocks" MarketWatch 7:15 AM
  • "Oil stocks drive European stocks higher as Shell strikes upbeat tone" MarketWatch 7:16 AM

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