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Weekend Highlights: Apple Arcade has a challenger on iOS: GameClub which plans to resurrect now dead but classic iPhone games; Apple to build new flagship store in San Jose; and plans second store in Taiwan; Rob Enderle thinks Microsoft's new Edge browser for Mac is major development; with no product to offer, Apple still voted #3 smartglasses player in market survey; Facebook removes more than a million fake accounts every hour; Best Buy cancels Samsung Galaxy Fold pre-orders given uncertain future of device; full-screen Touch ID rumored in 2020 iPhones; iFixit tears down new MacBook Pro, closer look at new keyboard, AppleInsider doesn't think changes will help issues much; here's a hands-on with new 13" 2019 MacBook Pro; App Store ads frustrate finding apps you want.

  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook Reacts to Criticism Over China Internet Censorship"  Fortune 7:20 AM
  • "Tim Cook On His Philosophy When Dealing with the Chinese Market"  Fortune Video 7:19 AM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook: No Point Yelling at China/Tech exec defends pulling 674 apps at Beijing's request, says change can't happen from the sideline" [Paid Membership Required] 8:42 AM
  • "Apple's Cook optimistic that apps pulled in China will be back" Reuters 8:09 AM
  • "Apple will see up to $47bn potential benefit from tax reform"  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:19 AM
  • "Apple Could Get a $47 Billion Tax Benefit from GOP Reform"  Fortune 7:26 AM
  • "EU court rules in Apple's favour in trademark case: The ruling favored Apple over concerns that Xiaomi's Mi Pad will be read as 'My Pad' — similar to iPad." CNET 8:07 AM
  • "Ireland says yet to agree exact date for Apple to start transferring tax funds" Reuters 8:09 AM
  • "After Apple's patent infringement counterclaims, Qualcomm launched a barrage of new complaints" Foss Patents 9:40 AM
  • "Will Apple Use Tax Breaks to Create More Jobs?" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 10:04 AM
  • "TV Veteran Michelle Lee Joins Apple Worldwide Video" Variety 3:24 PM
  • "Apple Releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 With Compatibility Improvements for Third-Party USB Audio Devices" MacRumors 12:56 PM
  • "MacOS High Sierra 10.13.2 Update Released with Bug Fixes" OS X Daily 3:23 PM
  • "macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 is here with enterprise and security updates: Enterprise and security updates comprise most of the update that launched today." Ars Technica 5:57 PM
  • "Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 45 With Bug Fixes and Feature Improvements" MacRumors 12:55 PM
  • "TeamViewer issues emergency fix for desktop access vulnerability" ZDNet 8:05 AM
  • "Dropbox or iCloud Drive: Which is better for file sharing?" Macworld 7:22 AM
  • "How to kill commercials on your Mac DVR" iMore 3:26 PM
  • "Using Mac Aliases" MacMost 9:44 AM
Press Releases
  • "Google shuts down Chrome 'apps' section on Mac and Windows: The long-promised day has come." Engadget 6:24 PM
  • "Chrome 63 rolling out to Mac, Windows, and Linux w/ Flags redesign, Site Certificate shortcut" 9to5Google 3:26 PM
  • "Chrome 63 arrives with new developer features and V8 speed improvements" VentureBeat 3:25 PM
  • "ProtonMail Bridge brings the encrypted email service to Apple Mail" 9to5Mac 12:56 PM
  • "ProtonMail encrypted mail service adds support for Apple Mail, Outlook and Thunderbird" TechCrunch 5:54 PM
  • "Ad-blocking browser Brave courts new users with free crypto tokens" VentureBeat 10:28 AM
  • "XTRMX Integrates with the Avid MediaCentral Platform" XTRMX 8:03 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "A battle between Apple and an app developer has caught Congress' attention: An attempt to crack down on spammy, duplicative apps has Apple at war with ChowNow, which aids restaurants." Recode 11:20 AM
  • "U.S. senator says Apple should defend free expression in China" Cult of Mac 7:40 AM
  • "Apple Plummets to Lowest Ranking Ever in Glassdoor's Annual List of Best Places to Work: Apple has ranked 84th on Glassdoor's annual list of the best companies to work for in the United States, after finishing no lower than 36th every year since 2009. In fact, heading into 2012, Apple was 10th on the same list." MacRumors 8:26 AM
  • "Facebook named Glassdoor's 'best place to work' as Apple falls 48 places to #84" 9to5Mac 9:40 AM
  • "Most Innovative Tech of 2017/iPhone X: A Vision Perfected" [Best overall ] Tom's Guide 3:22 PM
  • "Best Phone of 2017: Product of the Year Awards" [iPhone X] Digital Trends 8:12 AM
  • "3 top reasons people dump Android for iPhone" Computerworld 10:20 AM
  • "Apple loses ground to Android in a few key markets" Business Insider 3:34 PM
  • "China's phone market is now dominated by five companies, none of which is Samsung: Xiaomi, Huawei, the Oppo-Vivo duo, and Apple now account for 91 percent of sales" The Verge 7:40 AM
  • "Buyers, beware of iPhone X replicas, or you may end up paying $880 for... Android" phoneArena 8:41 AM
  • "Siri seems to have killed off John Travolta" Alphr 8:40 AM
  • "Siri, Why Do You Think John Travolta Is Dead?" PC Magazine 11:20 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Google's AlphaZero Destroys Stockfish In 100-Game Match" 8:29 PM
  • "Bitcoin surges above $13,000 to new high" BBC 7:01 PM
  • "Mozilla, Yahoo Sue Each Other Over Firefox's Default Search" PC Magazine 4:02 PM
  • "Google shuts down the 'apps' section of the Chrome Web Store" Ars Technica 11:06 AM
  • "Wikipedia co-founder wants to put the world's knowledge on the blockchain" The Next Web 11:06 AM
  • "Data of 31 million users of iPhone add-on keyboard ai.type potentially leaks" AppleInsider 9:20 AM
  • "Now you can 3D-print things that connect to Wi-Fi without batteries or electronics" ZDNet 8:26 AM
  • "Your Online Shopping Habit Is Fueling a Robotics Renaissance" Wired 8:17 AM
  • "Amazon punches, Google punches back over YouTube; consumers lose the fight" Digital Trends 3:27 PM
  • "Google pulls YouTube from Amazon TV boxes amid bitter feud" Telegraph 7:34 AM
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 150 | DateGate, new App Store Search Ads and Amazon Prime Video hits Apple TV" 9to5Mac 6:26 PM
  • "#218: The World is Our Oyster/Apple Pay Cash experiences, Google and Amazon's YouTube tiff, increasingly complex emoji, and what we'll think of the iPhone in another ten years." Relay FM: Clockwise 3:24 PM
  • "Neil Ticktin Previews The 2018 MacTech Conferences" MacVoices 3:19 PM
  • "How to Compare Apple Watches to Get The Best Model For You" The Mac Observer 2:12 PM
  • "Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV, Favorite RSS Reader Apps -TMO Daily Observations 2017-12-06" The Mac Observer 2:12 PM
  • "App: The Human Story is an antidote to Planet of the Apps" Cult of Mac 8:42 AM
  • "#171: Leave it to Stephen/Apple's had a rough week, Myke's office is full of assistants and Federico is back with a new task manager and an iPhone X review." Relay FM: Connected 7:35 AM
  • "#48: Game of the Year 2017/Our picks for the best games we've played in 2017." Relay FM: Remaster 7:35 AM
  • "Intego Mac Podcast Episode 8: I Have Root" Intego 7:34 AM
  • "iOS 11: Here's how many iPhones and iPads are running it now/After two-and-a-half months, this is what iOS 11 adoption looks like." ZDNet 10:01 AM
  • "Here's How Apple Improves the iOS and Mac User Experience While Protecting Your Privacy" MacRumors 10:42 AM
  • "Apple Shares Differential Privacy Insights for Emoji and QuickType Keyboard" MacStories 12:55 PM
  • "Ian Beer To Release tfp0 Exploit For iOS 11.1.2 And Below, Potentially Leading To Jailbreak" Redmond Pie 9:14 AM
  • "Apple posts new job positions for 'Path Forward' return to work program" 9to5Mac 10:22 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:14 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:14 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:14 AM

  • "I am blown away by the battery life in the new iPhone X" Business Insider 10:34 AM
  • "Apple iMac 27in 5K review" IT PRO 8:48 AM
  • "Kindle Oasis Review: Is bigger better?" Six Colors 3:35 PM
  • "Every Spigen iPhone X Case Reviewed and Ranked (including iPhone 8 versions!)" Mobile Reviews Eh 11:20 AM
  • "Which wireless charger is best? We tested out the top ones to find out" iDownload Blog 10:22 AM
  • "B&O Beoplay E8 true wireless earphones review: The best in class comes at a steep price/They may be expensive, but their sound is worth every penny." Macworld 8:14 AM
  • "Review: Sphero BB-8 Special Edition is the droid you are looking for" iDownload Blog 8:11 AM
  • "MekaMon is a fun combination of 'real-life,' AR gaming despite some quirks" Apple World Today 7:42 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Amazon Prime Video Finally Arrives on Apple TV; Was It Worth the Wait?" MacStories 8:55 AM
  • "First look: Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV launches on tvOS App Store" AppleInsider 8:14 AM
  • "How to send money to friends in Messages using Apple Pay: With iOS 11.2, you can now send payments directly to people using Messages and Apple Pay. Here's how." iMore 6:01 PM
  • "How to Compare Apple Watches to Get The Best Model For You" The Mac Observer 2:12 PM
  • "How To Stop App Rating Requests On iOS" AddictiveTips 11:19 AM
  • "How to Install and Sign into Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV" The Mac Observer 11:07 AM
  • "iOS: Readjust Contact Photos by Using the Photos App" The Mac Observer 3:59 PM
  • "How to use the new Apple TV Amazon Prime Video app with Siri and the TV app" AppleInsider 3:25 PM
  • "How to Troubleshoot Text Messages that Aren't Syncing" The Mac Observer 9:09 AM
  • "10 iPhone texting tips you'll wish you'd known all along: These are the not-so-obvious tips iPhone pros use." CNET 8:07 AM
  • "Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV: Everything you need to know!" iMore 7:34 AM
  • "Report: Next year's 6.1-inch LCD iPhone to feature metal backing, not glass" 9to5Mac 9:27 PM
  • "Apple's Rumored 2018 6.1-Inch Lower-Cost iPhone With LCD Display Could Feature Metal Back" MacRumors 6:25 PM
  • "The Reality of Apple's macOS Security Snafu. It's About Trust" The Mac Observer 6:06 PM
  • "How Apple Improves its Products With iOS Analytics" The Mac Observer 3:28 PM
  • "Why Apple's Podcasts App Is About to Get a Lot Better" Fortune 3:28 PM
  • "As Cook and Pichai leave China, Valley confronts rising internet tyranny in world's second largest market" TechCrunch 3:26 PM
  • "When You Should Skip Apple Upgrades"  Lifehacker 12:56 PM
  • "Qualcomm Is Prepared for Life After Apple" PC Magazine 12:55 PM
  • "The Apple Watch 4 and 2018 MacBooks could get a major speed boost – here's why" TrustedReviews 8:39 AM
  • "Here's Why You Should Use Debit Card And Not Credit Card With Apple Pay Cash" Redmond Pie 8:27 AM
  • "For some reason Tim Cook thinks China will allow VPNs to return to the App Store" TechCrunch 8:24 AM
  • "Consumer Reports Downgrades iPhone X, But Reasons Seem Legitimate" The Tech Night Owl 7:59 AM
  • "Opinion: Living with Google Home Mini sparked my interest in HomePod, but leaves me still skeptical of smart speakers" 9to5Mac 3:25 PM
  • "Chromebooks in 2018: Ready for take-off? Chromebooks account for a small percentage of the PC market, but shipments are on the rise. Will the trend continue, or will Microsoft's Windows 10 S ecosystem halt the advance of Chrome OS?" ZDNet 10:01 AM
  • "How the FCC's Net Neutrality Plan Breaks With 50 Years of History" Wired 8:17 AM
  • "Inside Baidu's Bid to Lead the AI Revolution" Wired 8:17 AM
  • "The Hidden Player Spurring a Wave of Cheap Consumer Devices: Amazon" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:16 AM
  • "Phonelike PCs failed before. Here's why they'll succeed now: Windows RT was an ill-fated attempt to make computers more power-efficient like smartphones. Microsoft and Qualcomm are giving the idea a second go." CNET 8:07 AM
  • "The real victim of the stupid Amazon vs. Google feud is you" BGR 8:00 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Store app updates lets iPhone buyers bypass carrier preauthorization" AppleInsider 9:35 PM
  • "Apple Store app for iOS adds support for buying iPhones w/o carrier pre-authorization, more" 9to5Mac 9:27 PM
  • "Apple Promises More Live Sports Providers are Coming to the TV App" AppAdvice 3:34 PM
  • "'Her Story' Creator Announces '#WarGames', an Experimental Interactive Series" Touch Arcade 3:23 PM
  • "Epson Expression Photo HD Wide-format Printer + Mac" iLounge 12:55 PM
  • "Apple rebrands iTunes Movies with new @AppleTV account on Twitter" 9to5Mac 10:00 AM
  • "Apple's Universal Search can now search across 1.3 million TV episodes and movies" iDownload Blog 9:14 AM
  • "[Bridge Constructor Portal] Hello and Welcome Back to the Aperture Science Computer-Aided Enrichment Center." Headup Games 8:56 AM
  • "Apple Pay adds 35+ more supported banks & credit unions in US, Canada, Russia & Japan" 9to5Mac 8:55 AM
  • "IKEA and Sonos are collaborating on a new range of products" Engadget 8:55 AM
  • "Discover Enables Apple Pay Cash" PYMNTS 8:40 AM
  • "Attorney/Client Matching App Now Available from Legal Services Link" PRNewswire 8:34 AM
  • "SAP Unveils New SAP® SuccessFactors® People Central Hub to Help Accelerate Digital Transformation" PRNewswire 8:34 AM
  • "Pokémon GO's gameplay will soon change based on the real world weather around you" TechCrunch 8:24 AM
  • "Pokémon GO will get 50+ new Gen III Pokémon this week" TechCrunch 8:24 AM
  • "Free Yourself - Use your face to star in a fun new puzzle game" prMac 8:14 AM
  • "Amazon Prime Video arrives on Apple TV in over 100 countries" Apple 8:36 AM
  • "The Amazon Prime Video App Is Now Available on Apple TV in Over 100 Countries" Business Wire 8:33 AM
  • "Amazon Prime has at last reached the Apple TV" Apple Must 8:24 AM
  • "Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV now available" MacDailyNews 7:59 AM
  • "Amazon Prime Video Ships for Apple TV" 512 Pixels 7:17 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Qualcomm's PC chips latest attempt to compete with Intel processors: In a bid to move beyond the mobile business, Qualcomm, with its new releases, wants to compete with Intel, claiming their chips work better on PCs." The Indian Express 8:46 AM
  • "Qualcomm's big bet on 'Always Connected' Windows PCs: Should Intel be worried?" Hindustan Times 8:46 AM
  • "Qualcomm, Microsoft announce Always Connected PCs that support 4G LTE, offer battery life of 20 hours" India Today 8:47 AM
  • "Microsoft launches 'Always Connected' PCs from Asus & HP: 20 hour battery life, Snapdragon 835" Gizbot 8:46 AM
  • "'Always Connected' Windows PCs won't just use ARM chips as Intel, AMD join the fray: LTE connections wherever you go and instant waking should come to regular PCs, too." Ars Technica 5:54 PM
  • "Microsoft: This is what our revamped Silicon Valley campus will look like by 2020" ZDNet 8:05 AM
  • "Microsoft Puts 'Bursty' Azure Cloud Workloads Into Production" eWeek 9:36 PM
  • "Qualcomm joins hands with Microsoft, and AMD to power Always Connected PCs" CIOL 8:52 AM
  • "AMD Partners With Qualcomm For Always Connected Ryzen Mobile PCs With Snapdragon X16 LTE Modems" HotHardware 5:41 PM
  • "AMD Is Making a Laptop Platform with Qualcomm" Investopedia 9:40 AM
  • "AMD Partners With Qualcomm For Always Connected Ryzen Mobile PCs With Snapdragon X16 LTE Modems" HotHardware 8:51 AM
  • "AMD says end-users need to double-check RX 560 specs as retailers sell off cut-down cards" PCGamesN 8:52 AM
  • "AMD Has Cut the Performance of Some RX 560 GPUs" ExtremeTech 8:52 AM
  • "AMD nobbles its own GPU cards" Fudzilla 8:52 AM
  • "Ryzen Mobile vs Intel 8th Gen Core: AMD Levels the Playing Field" LAPTOP Magazine 3:23 PM
  • "Intel demos 5G facial-recognition payment technology" ZDNet 8:05 AM
  • "Intel and Foxconn show off 5G facial recognition" Fudzilla 8:46 AM
  • "Intel Makes Its Case for Always Connected PCs (Premium)" Thurrott 12:55 PM
  • "Intel 2018 CPU Roadmap Leaked, No New Mainstream Processors Until 2019" Game Debate 8:45 AM
  • "Intel Management Engine pwned by buffer overflow" The Register 10:42 AM
  • "Intel (INTC) Presents at Barclays Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications Conference (Transcript)" Seeking Alpha 8:51 PM
  • "Asus, HP Windows 10 ARM Laptops Powered By Snapdragon 835 Promise Over 20 Hours Of Battery Life" Tech Times 8:49 AM
  • "Dell EMC makes big hyperconverged systems push with new servers" Network World 8:48 AM
  • "Dell EMC Launches PowerEdge XR2 Rugged Server: 1U, 44 Cores, 512 GB RAM, 30 TB Storage" AnandTech 10:22 AM
  • "Inside Oracle's cloak-and-dagger political war with Google: Oracle has lobbied aggressively — and seeded negative stories about its search foe — as the two battle in court." Recode 10:34 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Analysts say iPhone sales could shrink by 17% if Apple doesn't make a drastic change to its business" Business Insider 8:24 AM
  • "Apple Will Beat The Skeptics and Rise 27%: Guggenheim" Investopedia 7:19 AM
  • "Largan Precision shares plunge on report of sales drop: Taiwanese maker of camera lenses takes hit US as tech giant cuts iPhone X orders" Nikkei 8:41 AM
Industry News
  • "S&P 500 falls for fourth straight session as energy weakness offsets tech recovery/More private-sector jobs added in November than expected: ADP" MarketWatch 4:03 PM
  • "Dow and S&P 500 Decline, but Nasdaq Finishes Higher as Tech Recovers: The Nasdaq rises as big-cap tech stocks finish higher." TheStreet 4:03 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Little Changed as Global Rally Stalls: S&P 500 falls for the fourth straight session, its longest losing streak since March" [Paid Membership Required] 4:02 PM
  • "Japan's Nikkei slides the most in 8 months as tech selloff continues across Asia: Nikkei down as yen gains; Australia's top mining companies slump" MarketWatch 8:53 AM
  • "European stocks on course for 2nd losing session, with tech knocked down: Anheuser-Busch shares downgraded" MarketWatch 8:53 AM

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